MV Times wins top prizes for reporting, design, and niche publications

Michael Cummo won a prize for this photo of Edgartown lighthouse. — Michael Cummo

The Martha’s Vineyard Times won 19 awards at the newspaper competition at the New England Newspaper Publisher’s Association annual convention, held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston last weekend. Editorial and advertising staff won prizes in almost every category entered in the newspaper’s circulation group (weeklies with a circulation over 6,000); each member of the newsroom, including former photo editor Michael Cummo, won awards.

Included in the first-place awards was one for a local personality profile by reporter Barry Stringfellow, who wrote about oyster farmer Jack Blake. “It would have been easy for a lesser writer to focus on the hard-working Blake’s disability,” the judges wrote of their selection of Mr. Stringfellow’s piece, “but Stringfellow doesn’t mention polio until midway through the piece. His finely done look at Blake’s life on the changing Vineyard and on the water is captivating.”

Mr. Stringfellow, along with editor Nelson Sigelman, also won an award for health reporting, for coverage of the measles outbreak that wasn’t.

Reporter Cathryn McCann won second prize in environmental reporting, for a story she did on the problems caused by balloons, “Menemsha fisherman cleans up balloons after the party is over.” Monica Busch’s transportation story about Uber coming to the Island, “Uber lures Island drivers with promises of freedom and cash,” won a second prize as well.

“MV P’s and Q’s” won second place as a humor column. The judges said of the popular Community feature, “Nicole Galland keeps modern etiquette on a small Island fresh and funny in her weekly advice column.”

The Times’ newspaper sections showed strongly: The Community section won first prize for a living section; the Calendar section won second in its category, and the newspaper’s overall design and presentation came in second to the Seven Days newspaper of Burlington, Vt.

The Local, The Times’s home, health, and living publication, placed second for best special section or supplement.

Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas Magazine had great success in its first year of competition, winning the top award for Best Niche Publication, as well as first prize for best overall design and presentation of a niche publication.

The Times’s ad staff also brought home prizes, including the top honor for “Newspaper Sponsored Event Promotion,” for its ads promoting the annual Islanders Write festival, along with second-place honors for its Niche Publication, “The Guide,” among others.

A full list of prizes and honorees follows.


Third place for Health Reporting by Nelson Sigelman and Barry Stringfellow

First place for Local Personality Profile by Barry Stringfellow

Second place for Environmental Reporting by Cathryn McCann

Second place for Transportation Reporting by Monica Busch

Second place for Arts & Entertainment Section (Calendar) by Kelsey Perrett

First place for Living Page or Section (Community) by Jamie Stringfellow

Second place for Special Section or Supplement (Editorial) by Jamie Stringfellow for The Local

First place for Best Niche Publication (Editorial) by Jamie Stringfellow for Arts & Ideas

Second place for Humor Columnists Nicole Galland & Kate Feiffer for Minding Your MV P’s & Q’s

First place for Overall Design and Presentation of a Niche Product by Patrick Phillips for Arts & Ideas

Second place for Overall Design and Presentation by Kristofer Rabasca for The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Second place for Website Design for

Third place for Personality Photo by Michael Cummo

Third place for Pictorial Photo by Michael Cummo


First place for Newspaper-Sponsored Event Promotion for Islanders Write

Third place for Special Section/Advertising Supplement for The Local

Third place for Most Creative Use of Small Print Space (Alley’s ad)

Second place for Niche Publication with The Guide

Second place for Themed Multiple Advertiser Pages for Christmas in Edgartown