ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American on Oct. 22 was named New England Newspaper of the Year at the New England Newspaper Conference.
The American placed first in its circulation class for weekly newspapers with a circulation over 5,000. Runners-up in the category, earning the title of Distinguished Newspapers, were the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the Inquirer and Mirror of Nantucket, Mass., and Seven Days of Burlington, Vt.
The annual event organized by the New England Newspaper & Press Association was held virtually.
“We are so honored to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Ellsworth American General Manager Kathy Cook. “What’s unique about this contest is that it’s judged by newspaper readers. Their positive feedback is a testament to the hard work our team puts in every day.”
The American’s sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander, was recognized as a Distinguished Newspaper in its circulation category.
The contest appoints New England newspaper readers to evaluate the entries from a news consumer point of view. These reader-judges consider the quality of the paper’s reporting and writing; use of photos; design and presentation; digital offerings and overall utility and value.