The Eastern Edition of The Southampton Press has been named the best community newspaper of its size in the United States by the National Newspaper Association.
The Press won first place for general excellence in the NNA’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest, among non-daily newspapers with a circulation of 6,000 to 9,999. The award was announced at a reception on Saturday at NNA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charleston, South Carolina.
The newspaper has been named as a finalist for the award numerous times in the past decade, but it is the first time The Press has won first place.
The judges said of The Press: “Spectacular package of information—news, features, photos, ads—all excellently produced. Clean, fresh design, layout throughout. … Hefty, wide-ranging content has something that will appeal to everyone at some level. Great No. 1 in a strong field.”
Finishing second was perennial winner The N’West Iowa Review of Sheldon, Iowa, and the Sequim Gazette of Sequim, Washington, finished third. The Jackson Herald of Jefferson, Georgia, and the Jackson Hole News & Guide of Jackson, Wyoming, won honorable mention.
Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing the owners, publishers and editors of America’s community newspapers. NNA’s 2,200 members make it the largest national newspaper association.