The Martha’s Vineyard Times wins Newspaper of the Year

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The staff of the MV Times with the Newspaper of the Year plaque awarded by the New England Newspaper & Press Association. Front row, from left: Gus the dog (leaving photo); Whitney Multari, ad production; Stacey Rupolo, photo editor; Jamie Kageleiry, executive editor; Beans the dog; Peter Oberfest, publisher; Barbara Oberfest, publisher; Lily Cowper, production intern; Connie Berry, Calendar editor; Angela Prout, marketing. Second row, from left: Nicole Jackson, graphic designer; Brittany Bowker, reporter and assistant Calendar editor; Chris Roberts, ad sales; Chris Silva, art director; Danielle Zerbonne, ad sales; George Brennan, news editor; Barry Stringfellow, senior reporter, with Angus the dog; Rich Saltzberg, reporter; Jim Osborn, circulation; Carrie Blair, ad sales director; Geoff Currier, Community editor; Bridget Palmieri, classified ad sales (with Bella). Missing from the photo were Barbara Davis, copyeditor, and Kristofer Rabasca, art director. – Stacey Rupolo

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.