The Stowe Reporter received 23 awards, including five first-place honors, at the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s Better Newspaper Awards.
The prizes in writing and reporting, photography, advertising and overall design and excellence were presented Saturday in Boston in five circulation categories — large and small dailies, large and small weeklies, and niche publications — with more than 3,000 entries from organizations in six states.
• For the Best Niche Publication by weekly newspapers, Stowe Reporter publications took first place for the Stowe Guide & Magazine, and third place for Stowe/Green Mountain Weddings. This award considers publishing strategy, content mix, audience and advertiser appeal, plus quality of writing, design and production.
“Very impressed with the overall quality of content, design and advertising! Loved the feature on mountain jobs! Great use of photos,” read the judges’ comments for the Guide, “Very nicely done!”
For the Weddings magazine, judges said: “Beautiful wedding magazine! ... Great quality advertising as well.”
• The Stowe Reporter won second place in the prestigious Advertising General Excellence category, which recognizes quantity of both print and online advertising, structure and format of ad and classified pages, originality and quality of locally produced copywriting and ad design.
• Special sports section, Stowe Reporter, for RIDE, all about mountain biking.
• Local personality profile, Andrew Martin, for his “careful and engaging” profile of Howard Manosh.
• Audience building promotion, Stowe Reporter, for the annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest.
• Portrait photo, Glenn Callahan, for his shot of local artist Jen Hubbard.
• Human interest feature story, Tommy Gardner, for his “tight, engaging writing” about the Shaws, Stowe’s “skiing family.”
• Living section, Stowe Reporter, for “Home,” with “fine writing and photos.”
• Arts and entertainment reporting, Caleigh Cross, on rocker Todd Rundgren and his traveling community of fans.
• Personality photo, Glenn Callahan, of groomer Rory Burke.
• Columnist, Mike Mulhern, for his Guide series of humorous columns about living in Vermont (“he may not ski well, but his writing is a skillful self-deprecation,” judges said).
• Themed multiple advertiser pages, two awards: Antique car show; and the Leaf Peepers guides to autumn sight-seeing.
• Best ad designer, Katerina Hrdlicka.
• Illustration, Katerina Hrdlicka.
• Food section, Stowe Reporter.
• Sports story, Tommy Gardner, on Paula Yankauskas’ record swim across the English Channel.
• Obituaries, Caleigh Cross, third place for her tribute to Stowe’s Pete Smith, “the guy you called.”
• Feature photo, Glenn Callahan, of birdwatchers.
• Stowe Reporter advertisements: most creative use of small print space; and advertiser campaign.
• Sports feature story, Andrew Martin, honorable mention, on biathlete Susan Dunklee.