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Oct 8, 2012 12:11 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Press Wins National Award For Excellence

Oct 8, 2012 12:18 PM

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.

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How did the Western Edition place?...Does it really make a difference between one edition or the other?
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 8, 12 12:41 PM
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The Western Edition has always been the red-headed step-child to the original flagship Southampton Press, and probably wasn't entered as a separate periodical.

I'd also wager that the National Newspaper Association doesn't allow a publisher to enter more than one edition, so I suspect that the entire weekly actually shares in the award.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 8, 12 2:19 PM
We only enter the Eastern Edition at the national level--not because the Western Edition, or any edition, is a "red-headed stepchild" or anything like that, but because it represents the work of the entire group, and if we entered more than one edition we'd be competing against ourselves.

We enter all three editions in the state award competition, despite the fact that we often compete against each other. We just don't bother with NNA. (And Frank Costanza would kill me if I didn't mention ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 12 3:43 PM
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Thanks for the clarification Mr. Shaw.
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 8, 12 6:24 PM
These awards mean nothing and your reach went from small to tiny since you decided to go to a pay model. Good luck on your road to total irrelevancy as your hubris shows you have learned nothing.
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 12 9:26 PM
A well thought out, logical, "there is no 'I' in team" response.

Thanks for the reaffirmation of some of my faith.
Oct 8, 12 10:41 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, DUH, congratulations all around!
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 8, 12 10:41 PM
I don't want to be argumentative, but just to set the record straight: 27East remains the most visited website in the region, and our page views and visitor count both increased after we introduced the current model, which includes added content for paid subscribers.

Like the newspaper, this website requires a great deal of staff and time to keep it current. That's true of most newspaper websites, which is why most are moving toward a paid online presence.

And I'm sincerely happy ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 12 12:09 PM
You did not include added content, you simply took away free content when you changed to the pay model. Your print circulation continues to nosedive and any increase in count is not due to your new model but simply because of the proliferation of the internet even among your aging demographics. The Patch with basically no resources is rising in readership at a rate much greater than your own and there is one reason, it is free. If this liberal bastion of east end journalism wishes to survive ...more
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Oct 9, 12 12:59 PM
Congratulations on winning first place. What about the western edition?
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Oct 8, 12 1:27 PM
Great work!
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Oct 8, 12 3:02 PM
Jimbo - Your commitment to recycling is commendable.
By Songster (6), Westhampton Beach on Oct 8, 12 3:47 PM
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By Capt. Phil (64), Southampton on Oct 8, 12 5:33 PM
Congrats, Joe. You guys always do a great job on behalf of and for the community. Nice to see your hard work--all the hard work--get recognized. And, by the way, the comment from "jimbo123," above, is a perfect example of why I have argued for a long time that those who post here should be required to use their real names. Maybe he mispelled his...perhaps its Dumbo123...
By Capt. Phil (64), Southampton on Oct 8, 12 5:33 PM
Congratulations to the entire Press Group staff on a job well done! And, I must say, I AGREE 100% with Capt. Phil's comment!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 12 6:09 PM
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By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 12 6:09 PM
Congratulations to all. Nothing beats recognition from your peers. Oh, yes, and a big thanks to John Peter Zenger, without whom none of this would be possible.
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Oct 8, 12 6:16 PM
Love our hometown newspaper. Great job and congratulations! Yinz guys keep up the good work.
By Talbot77 (53), southampton on Oct 9, 12 12:51 PM
Congrats to Joe and his team BUT, I am so old I remember when the owner/publisher/editor Hazel and her team won the state and national . It is nice to know Southampton is recognized for something besides being the "Hamptons".
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Oct 9, 12 1:33 PM
Warm congratulations to Joe and all who work on all editions and our delightful 27east.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 10, 12 9:32 AM
Nice job, Joe!

Now work on your golf game and start supporting a real football team, like the Giants....
By BigBlue (12), Water Mill on Oct 10, 12 4:57 PM