2016 MPA conference registration open

 2016 MPA Fall Conference

Saturday, October 29
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland
363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland
Across from the Maine Mall

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– No registration fee for Hall of Fame members or guests.

– Registration fee covers continental breakfast, all workshops and Scholarship Auction.

– Room reservations must be made through DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. To make reservations, click on over to  http://group.doubletree.com/MainePressAssociation and use the Group Code MEP to take advantage of our exclusive rate of $107. You can also call the hotel directly at 207-775-6161 and ask for the MPA Group Rate (using code MEP).

– Room availability cannot be guaranteed after Wed., October 12.

– Deadline for Conference Registration is Monday, October 10. http://group.doubletree.com/MainePressAssociation. You can also call the hotel directly at 207-775-6161 and ask for the MPA Group Rate (using code MEP).

Maine Press Association to induct three into Hall of Fame

 

Rhoades mug    Bowden mug    Solloway

Three journalists whose service to the state’s newspapers totals more than 110 years will enter the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame next month.

Rex Rhoades, Steve Solloway and Hugh Bowden will be inducted Oct. 29 at a luncheon during the MPA’s annual Fall Conference at the DoubleTree hotel in South Portland. The three were nominated by colleagues and selected by the MPA’s Hall of Fame Committee.

Rhoades retired in April after 19 years as executive editor of the Sun Journal in Lewiston and a total of four decades in journalism. Under his leadership, the Sun Journal was the MPA’s Daily Newspaper of the Year five times and Weekend Newspaper of the Year eight times.

Rhoades was named the MPA’s Journalist of the Year in 1999 and served as its president in 2002-03, leading the association’s push for reforms to the state’s Freedom of Access Act.

Solloway was one of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram’s best-known writers for his 25 years as a sports columnist. He came to Maine in 1975 to be sports editor of the Kennebec Journal for nine years. He joined the Portland newspapers in 1984, reporting and commenting on sports in the Central Maine area for the Maine Sunday Telegram. In 1990, then sports editor Bill Nemitz asked Solloway to write his first sports column.

A true storyteller, Solloway covered many of Maine’s biggest sporting events and personalities over four decades, including the University of Maine’s national hockey championships and the Lawrence High School basketball star Cindy Blodgett.

Bowden retired in August after a career in Down East Maine newspapers that spanned more than 50 years, starting in 1964 at The Weekly Packet in Blue Hill. He filled many roles, as an editor, an editorial and sports writer and a mentor to many journalists who worked with him.

Bowden was executive editor of The Ellsworth American from 1989 to 2015, years when the American won multiple Newspaper of the Year honors from the MPA, and was president of the MPA in 1972-73.

The MPA Hall of Fame, established in 1998, honors newspaper people with Maine connections who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Its members are on the MPA website, at http://mainepressassociation.org/hall-of-fame/

Tickets to the Hall of Fame luncheon are available by contacting MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com or 691-0131.

 

MPA Annual Fall Conference is October 29 in South Portland

The Maine Press Association’s Annual Fall Conference will be held this year on October 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland. A full day of conference events is planned including the Hall of Fame Inductee Luncheon, annual Scholarship Auction, and The 2016 Better Newspaper Contest Awards Dinner & Banquet.

And what about those awards? Judges have been mindful of last week’s deadline for decisions and comments, and have been overwhelming the MPA Office with packages, decisions and wonderful comments. Here’s a snippet of what the judge of Feature Story—Daily Weekend had to say, This was one of the best categories of a contest which I’ve ever reviewed…. The readers of Maine’s newspapers should be proud to have such commitment to good journalism presented to them by all of these newspapers.”

We hope to have the majority of decisions sorted, reviewed and ready to share with members by mid-September. In the meantime, be on the lookout for registration/hotel reservation information as well as details about this year’s program and sessions.

Sports Editor

The Journal Tribune, a daily, multi-award- winning newspaper serving York County for 131 years, has an immediate opening for a full-time Sports Editor. The ideal candidate will have 3 to 5 years’ experience as a writer and/or editor in the Sports department of a daily newspaper; copy editing and pagination experience; strong photography and Photoshop skills; and proficiency producing and editing content for the internet and Facebook. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, managing one full-time sports writer and a stable of freelancers, covering local games and sporting events, performing community outreach with coaches and parents, designing daily sports and news pages, updating journaltribune.com, and posting content to social media. You should be comfortable – and show equal enthusiasm for — covering everything from Little League and high school sports to the OOB Surge and the Boston Red Sox. A thorough knowledge of sports and sports terminology is a must, and a professional demeanor inside and outside the office is essential. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, two sports photography samples, and two sports writing samples (500-1,000 words) to: publisher@journaltribune.com

Staff Reporters Needed

Staff Reporter: Courier Publications, LLC is hiring a Staff Reporter for The Camden Herald. Duties include reporting local news and taking digital photos. Applicants should have strong writing/communication skills and a willingness to learn. A strong interest in the Knox County, Maine area and a desire to serve the community using established journalistic ethics and practices required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred. Job requires some nights, weekends. Access to a reliable vehicle a must. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Email résumé, cover letter and clips to: Daniel Dunkle, News Director ddunkle@villagesoup.com

Staff Reporter: Courier Publications, LLC is hiring a Staff Reporter for The Courier-Gazette. Duties include reporting local news and taking digital photos. Applicants should have strong writing/communication skills and a willingness to learn. A strong interest in the Knox County, Maine area and a desire to serve the community using established journalistic ethics and practices required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred. Job requires some nights, weekends. Access to a reliable vehicle a must. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Email résumé, cover letter and clips to: Daniel Dunkle, News Director ddunkle@villagesoup.com

 

Nominations deadline extended to Friday, July 29

Nomination deadlines for the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame, Advertising Person of the Year, and Bob Drake Young Writer’s Award have been extended to Friday, July 29, 2016. The submission period for the Unsung Hero award and Journalist of the Year nominations is now closed.

Individual Awards: ADVERTISING PERSON OF THE YEAR: For an advertising employee whose work has been truly distinguished over the course of a year or years. Candidates may have established unique marketing plans or stood out through other measures such as sales record. Work samples may be included with a nomination letter.

BOB DRAKE YOUNG WRITER’S AWARD: For a full-time staffer of an MPA newspaper with fewer than two years of full-time experience as of July 29, 2016. A letter from the staffer’s supervisor must contain a review of the nominee’s experience and accomplishments. School or college newspaper experience does not count as full-time experience. Entries will be evaluated on writing quality, enterprise, imagination, thoroughness, balance and general reporting. As many as six articles may be submitted.

Note: If the number of entries is insufficient for any individual award, that award may not be given out. In that case, any nominations will be held over for the following year. Please limit supporting statements and documents to 10 pages.

Mail all Individual Award nominations by July 29, 2016, to: Diane Norton, Executive Director, Maine Press Association, P.O. Box 336, Camden, ME 04843

Hall of Fame Awards: Candidates for the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame must be Maine newspaper professionals who have made lasting career contributions to their craft, in or out of the state. Typically, some of each year’s Hall of Fame class is inducted posthumously. Each nomination should be accompanied by supporting materials that will help committee members as they make their decisions. Mail all Hall of Fame Nominations by July 29, 2016, to: Jeff Ham, HOF Committee Chair, 26 Elmwood Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. Hall of Fame nominations can also be emailed to Jeff at jeffham36@gmail.com

For questions about Individual awards or Hall of Fame award nominations, contact MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com. This year’s inductees will be announced in late-August and the 2016 induction ceremony will be held at the MPA Fall Conference on October 29 in South Portland.

Political Reporter

The Sun Journal is seeking a dynamic, experienced, self-motivated reporter to cover the Maine State House and politics, working out of our Augusta bureau and the Lewiston office. At least five years of professional journalism experience and experience covering government and politics are required.  A comprehensive benefit package is included.
Please forward cover letter and resume to the address listed below.

 

Individual and HOF nominations deadline is Friday, July 15

It’s now or never. Nominations for the Maine Press Association Individual and Hall of Fame awards must be received no later than Friday, July 15, 2016. Some require mailing while others can be submitted via email. But please don’t delay if you have a deserving person you’d like to see considered for these awards.

Individual Awards

UNSUNG HERO AWARD: For any staff member, in any department, whose contributions to his or her newspaper have been essential but often overlooked. Nominations may include examples of the nominee’s work and letters from supervisors and/or co-workers detailing his or her contributions.

ADVERTISING PERSON OF THE YEAR: For an advertising employee whose work has been truly distinguished over the course of a year or years. Candidates may have established unique marketing plans or stood out through other measures such as sales record. Work samples may be included with a nomination letter.

BOB DRAKE YOUNG WRITER’S AWARD: For a full-time staffer of an MPA newspaper with fewer than two years of full-time experience as of July 15, 2016. A letter from the staffer’s supervisor must contain a review of the nominee’s experience and accomplishments. School or college newspaper experience does not count as full-time experience. Entries will be evaluated on writing quality, enterprise, imagination, thoroughness, balance and general reporting. As many as six articles may be submitted.

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: For an exceptional news employee whose work has been truly distinguished over the previous year or a period of years. A reasonable number of news clips, photographs or other samples of work must be included with a cover letter from the nominee’s editor or publisher. The nominee must be a staff employee of a member newspaper.

Note: If the number of entries is insufficient for any individual award, that award may not be given out. In that case, any nominations will be held over for the following year. Please limit supporting statements and documents to 10 pages.

Mail all Individual Award nominations by July 15, 2016, to: Diane Norton, Executive Director, Maine Press Association, P.O. Box 336, Camden, ME 04843

Hall of Fame Awards: Candidates for the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame must be Maine newspaper professionals who have made lasting career contributions to their craft, in or out of the state. Typically, some of each year’s Hall of Fame class is inducted posthumously. Each nomination should be accompanied by supporting materials that will help committee members as they make their decisions.

Mail all Hall of Fame Nominations by July 15, 2016, to: Jeff Ham, HOF Committee Chair, 26 Elmwood Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. Hall of Fame nominations can also be emailed to Jeff at jeffham36@gmail.com

For questions about Individual awards or Hall of Fame award nominations, contact MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com. This year’s inductees will be announced in late-August and the 2016 induction ceremony will be held at the MPA Fall Conference on October 29 in South Portland.

Hall of Fame nominations deadline July 15

Nominations are now being accepted for 2016 inductees to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. The deadline is Friday, July 15. Candidates must be Maine newspaper professionals who have made lasting career contributions to their craft, in or out of the state. Typically, some of each year’s Hall of Fame class is inducted posthumously.
The MPA’s Hall of Fame Committee asks that names be submitted as soon as possible so they can be circulated among the committee members who will select the inductees.
Each nomination should be accompanied by supporting materials that will help committee members as they make their decisions.
Nominations should be sent to committee Chair Jeff Ham at jeffham36@gmail.com or via mail to 26 Elmwood Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.
If you have any questions, please contact Ham or MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com.
This year’s inductees will be announced in late-August and the 2016 induction ceremony will be held at the MPA Fall Conference in October.

 

2016 MPA Better Newspaper Contest Deadline is Friday, June 3

Last call for entries: The 2016 MPA Better Newspaper Contest deadline is Friday, June 3. This year’s contest format will be similar to last year: digital entries for all photography and online categories, and tearsheet entries for everything else. The contest is open to all MPA members in good standing. Winners will be celebrated at the 2016 Annual Conference to be held October 29, 2016, in South Portland. For questions, contact Contest Chair Kevin Burnham at kevinburnham@boothbayregister.com or MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com.