The Martha’s Vineyard Times was awarded the weekly Newspaper of the Year at last Thursday’s New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) fall convention in Natick.
The Times was recognized as the best weekly for newspapers with a circulation of 8,000 or more. NENPA is a professional trade organization with more than 450 member newspapers throughout New England’s six-state region.
The judges reviewed a mandatory entry from March (March 30) and The MV Times submitted a second edition (May 11) for consideration.
“It’s very gratifying to be recognized by peers, and this award is a well-deserved tribute to the effort and professionalism of each member of The Times team — editorial, sales, design, and production,” publisher Peter Oberfest said. “Barbara and I couldn’t be more grateful or more proud.”
Executive editor Jamie Kageleiry acknowledged the collaborative Times staff: “Every week, every member of this staff works hard to publish the best paper we can. I love seeing how invested everyone is in the outcome. And it’s nice to be rewarded for that.”
“I’m a newcomer here, but after working with this tremendous team for close to seven months, this comes as no surprise,” news editor George Brennan said. “The Times staff is dedicated to bringing our readers the most comprehensive coverage of news, sports, and events possible. This is actually a win for our readers as well, because we couldn’t put out a winning newspaper without your willingness to share your stories with us.”
It was a good day for the Cape and Islands at the awards ceremony. The Provincetown Banner, Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror, and The Cape Cod Times also took home awards.
The MVTimes company also publishes Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas, The Local, Vineyard Visitor, and The Insider’s Guide to Martha’s Vineyard, along with the websites mvartsandideas.com, and vineyardvisitor.com.