The East Hampton Press won three first-place awards in its circulation category for design, photography and its op-ed section in the New York Press Association Better Newspaper contest last weekend in Albany.
Facing competition from its sister publications, The Southampton Press eastern and western editions, and other large weeklies with circulations above 8,000 from across the state, The East Hampton Press won blue ribbons for “best editorial page,” “overall design excellence” and “photographic excellence.”
Launched April 11, 2007, the new paper had less than a full year of issues to submit for consideration in the contest, which covered the year 2007 and drew 3,455 entries in dozens of prize categories from 170 newspapers. Entries were judged by the North Carolina Press Association.
The Press Newspaper Group, which includes four papers serving the area from the Moriches to Montauk, won more contest points than any other newspaper group in the state. Among the ribbons awarded to The Southampton Press eastern edition were those for first place in advertising excellence; coverage of elections and politics; and ?coverage of the arts. Editor Joe Shaw won first place honors for best column.
The group swept the arts category in its circulation class, with The Southampton Press western edition winning second place and The East Hampton Press winning third place.
Among their awards, The Press of Manorville and Moriches won first place for overall design excellence in its circulation category and The Southampton Press western edition for best sports coverage, best news story, in-depth reporting and coverage of local government.
In addition to its blue ribbons for three major awards, the East Hampton Press won third-place honors for best coverage of education; second place for best sports feature, a piece by Cailin Brophy; and third place for best use of color.