ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth American’s advertising, writing, photography and layout garnered more than a dozen awards Saturday during the Maine Press Association’s annual awards presentation.
The American placed first in its circulation category in advertising general excellence, tying with its sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander.
“This award takes into account everything advertising-related in print; it truly recognizes the hard work of our dedicated team,” said Kelly Cochrane, advertising sales and marketing manager. “We are grateful to our customers who entrust us each week with their advertising, thank you. This award embodies the behind-the-scenes work that goes into each issue; it takes a team, and I am thankful we have a great one!”
The American also received first place awards for its local advertising, special sections and circulation promotion. Sports editor Mike Mandell’s story about Deer Isle-Stonington basketball player Myles Brown scoring his 1,000th point earned top honors in the game story category. The American also was recognized for its sports section, sports page design and sports headline writing.
Reporter Jennifer Osborn’s story about controversy surrounding the proposed purchase of riot gear for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office placed second in the news story category.
The American also won awards for best spot news photo, scenic photo, graphic, editorial page and editorial writing.
The contest judges were members of the South Dakota Press Association.