The Portland Press Herald, The Ellsworth American and the York County Coast Star among MPA winners

 

Clockwise from top left: Randy Billings, Journalist of the Year; Meg Robbins, Bob Drake Young Writer; Carl Natale, Unsung Hero; Joanne Alfiero, Advertising Person of the Year.

CAMDEN – For the second consecutive year The Portland Press Herald, The Ellsworth American, the York County Coast Star and the Maine Sunday Telegram have been honored by the Maine Press Association for General Excellence in print newspapers.

CentralMaine.com, The Maine Monitor, and The Camden Herald took top honors for digital General Excellence in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were presented Saturday afternoon during the association’s annual conference, this year held virtually due to COVID-19.

Earlier in the day, the association inducted two new members to its Hall of Fame: the late Arthur Guesman, who served as the faculty advisor of the Maine Campus newspaper and a professor of journalism at the University of Maine for 20 years; and Terry Carlisle, who recently retired after 42 years at The Ellsworth American, serving in key management positions where she led with innovation, excellence, and total enjoyment of her job.

In the General Excellence competition for print newspapers, The Portland Press Herald was judged the best daily in Maine for the second consecutive year while the Maine Sunday Telegram was the weekend Newspaper of the Year for the tenth time in eleven years.

The contest judges, who hailed from The Oklahoma Press Association, wrote of The Portland Press Herald, “Beautiful page design and use of photos throughout. Strong reporting and local coverage. Good ad design and service directory.”

“Amazing CMP investigation with six pages of stories, photos and coverage that tell the full story,” said the judges about the Maine Sunday Telegram. “Striking feature and news photos. Strong reporting, beautiful front-page feature designs and solid ad design.”

In the Weekly 1 division, for newspapers with less than 3,000 print circulation, the York County Coast Star took the top prize. Judges said,  “This is the complete package – good news coverage, well written; good layout with strong headline writing and good photos/reproduction; and excellent political coverage” while the Weekly 2 winner, The Ellsworth American, was lauded for its, “Good mix of local news, strong editorial page, great classified section, well-designed ads, and colorful and well-composed photos.” This was the second consecutive win for both newspapers.

The Maine Monitor won the Freedom of Information first-place award in the Weekly division while the Sun Journal took top honors in the daily/weekend division.

Randy Billings of the Portland Press Herald was named the Journalist of the Year and Joanne Alfiero of the Portland Press Herald was the Advertising Person of the Year.

Meg Robbins, formerly of the Morning Sentinel and now of The Maine Monitor, won the Bob Drake Young Writer’s Award, and Carl Natale of the Sun Journal was honored by the MPA as the Unsung Hero of the Year.

A complete list of 2020 award winners will be posted later this week on the MPA’s website: www.mainepressassociation.org

VERY IMPORTANT 2020 MPA Conference Information!

  1. Did you newspaper register you as part of a group? If so, you need to register yourself individually in order to have access to all of the events happening Saturday, and future programming.

It’s easy to do: Go to the conference site (https://mpa.vehlovenue.com/) and register individually, using the guest code provided to you by your employer. You’ll also need to enter your own payment information under “My Account” for auction bidding or donations. Questions? Contact Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com.

All of the events will take place at the conference site (On Saturday, look for the link at the top of the page, next to “Register Now” that says “Go to Event”).

  1. Web Browser: Users will experience the site differently on a Mac(iOS)/Safari vs Mac(iOS)/Chrome or Windows/Chrome. The preference is via the latest version of Chrome (on either type of system). However, for those users who are on a Mac(iOS)/Safari, the only option is to join the event via the App. Here are the instructions for those Mac users:

Option 1: If using a Mac device and you have never used Zoom before (Zoom is NOT installed on your device):

  1. Click on Join via App
  2. pkg will download
  3. Click show downloads
  4. install Zoom.pkg
  5. Welcome to the Zoom installer window, click “Continue”
  6. Select a destination > Choose “Install for all users of this computer” or INstall for me only
  7. Click “install”
  8. Enter your password (prompt)
  9. CLose the “installation was successful” window
  10. Go back to Safari window and click on “Launch Meeting” blue button
  11. Enter your name in the Enter your name window and click “Join”

Option 2: If using a Mac device and you HAVE used Zoom before (Zoom IS installed on your device):

  1. Click on Join via App
  2. Click on “Launch Meeting” blue button
  3. Enter your name in the Enter your name window and click “Join”

You can still register for the event :  The $20.00 registration fee includes access to all 10/24 Conference events and programming for the coming year. Register here: https://mpa.vehlovenue.com/

10/24/20 Schedule of Events: 

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (via Zoom) | Annual Business Meeting

You have the right to attend and participate in the Maine Press Association’s annual business meeting! The annual meeting includes the election of new board members and reelection of those members whose terms end at the annual meeting. Every “regular” member of the Maine Press Association — all those other than associate and individual members — has one vote in this election. The annual meeting is open to all members and to the general public. We welcome you to attend.
– Maine Press Association 2019-2020 President J.W. Oliver

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71188107028?pwd=OUlFUGVkTVQ3N2JsWGZPVVBWOElaZz09

Meeting ID: 711 8810 7028 | Passcode: 2e9V69

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Induction of Terry Carlisle and the late Art Guesman into the MPA Hall of Fame

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Live Auction with Aimsel Ponti and Awards Presentation & Celebration with Greg Rec, honoring winners of the 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, as well as the Individual Awards: Journalist of the Year, Advertising Person of the Year, Bob Drake Young Writer, and Unsung Hero.

The Silent Auction is Live: Once you’ve registered for the event, you can access the Silent Auction which will be open for bidding through conference day with a stop time of 9:00 p.m.

Live Auction items are also visible once you’ve registered. Take a look and get your auction paddle ready. Don’t forget to check out The MPA Store for 2020 commemorative logo wear and other fun items.

All proceeds of both Auctions and The MPA Store benefit the MPA Scholarship Fund and we’ve added a Donation button to the event site for those who choose to make a straight donation to the MPA Scholarship Fund.

A big thank you to our Conference Sponsors: Mitchell Tardy Jackson and Broadreach Public Relations

        

To learn more and to Register, go to: https://mpa.vehlovenue.com/

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 MPA Conference.

9 Days Away: MPA Annual Conference

 

Maine Press Association Annual Conference

We’re 9 days away from the 2020 MPA Conference to be held October 24. There’s no question that we have endured a strange, challenging and remarkable year, so let’s get together and celebrate each other, albeit online!

Thanks to those of you who have already registered and we look forward to seeing more registrations as we get closer to the event. Register here: https://mpa.vehlovenue.com/

Your $20.00 registration fee includes access to all 10/24 Conference events and programming for the coming year.

10/24/20 Schedule of Events: 

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (via Zoom) | Annual Business Meeting

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Induction of Terry Carlisle and the late Art Guesman into the MPA Hall of Fame

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Live Auction with Aimsel Ponti and Awards Presentation & Celebration with Greg Rec, honoring winners of the 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, as well as the Individual Awards: Journalist of the Year, Advertising Person of the Year, Bob Drake Young Writer, and Unsung Hero.

The Silent Auction is Live: Once you’ve registered for the event, you can access the Silent Auction. Thanks to those of you who have donated items to both the Silent & Live Auctions. We’ve set up the timeline so that folks can bid on items right up and through conference day with bidding set to close 10/24 at 9:00 p.m.

Live Auction items are also visible once you’ve registered.

The MPA Store is live and includes 2020 commemorative logo wear.

All proceeds of both Auctions and The Store benefit the MPA Scholarship Fund and we’ve added a Donation button to the event site for those who choose to make a straight donation to the MPA Scholarship Fund.

In Memoriam: We’d like to include an In Memoriam piece in the program and need your help. Please send a photo and brief by 10/15 for any MPA-related people who have passed away in the past year to Awards Presentation MC Greg Rec at grec@pressherald.com

A big thank you to our Conference Sponsors: Mitchell Tardy Jackson and Broadreach Public Relations

       

To learn more and to Register, go to: https://mpa.vehlovenue.com/

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 MPA Conference.

 

Maine Press Association Invites YOU to the 2020 Annual Conference

Maine Press Association Annual Conference
We’re pleased to announce that registration is now LIVE for the 2020 MPA Conference, to be held online October 24.
There’s no question that we have endured a strange, challenging and remarkable year, so let’s get together and celebrate each other, albeit online!
Your $20 registration fee includes access to all the Oct. 24 Conference events and programming for the coming year.
Oct. 24 Schedule of Events 
9 – 9:30 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting (to be held via Zoom; log-in details to follow)

10 to 11 a.m.
Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony
Induction of Terry Carlisle and the late Art Guesman into the MPA Hall of Fame

4 – 6 p.m. 
Auction and Awards Ceremony

Join us at 4 p.m. for our annual Live Auction with our lively and entertaining Auctioneer Aimsel Ponti. This important auction raises money for MPA’s Scholarship Fund, helping to build the ranks with educated and trained journalists.

The Live Auction will be followed by the annual MPA Awards Ceremony, with Esteemed Host Greg Rec. Get ready to sit back in your favorite armchair and enjoy it all.

The Awards Presentation & Celebration will honor the winners of the 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, as well as the Individual Awards: Journalist of the Year, Advertising Person of the Year, Bob Drake Young Writer, and Unsung Hero.

Stay Tuned!
Coming later this week, we will launch the online MPA Silent Auction to benefit the MPA Scholarship Fund and the MPA Store, where you can purchase all kinds of branded MPA gear and other fun logo wear…. INCLUDING the commemorative 2020 Logo Wear — Year 2020 was wild, unforgettable, and we all pulled together as journalists to keep the public informed.

We’ve also added a Donation button to the event site for those who choose to make a straight donation to the MPA Scholarship Fund.

To learn more and to Register, go to: mpa.vehlovenue.com/

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 MPA Conference.

 

Maine Press Association to induct two into Hall of Fame

Two new members will enter the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame on October 24. Terry Carlisle and Arthur Guesman have been selected by the MPA’s Hall of Fame Committee and will be inducted during the association’s annual Fall Conference.

    

When it came to journalism, the late Arthur Guesman worked to promote respect and ethics in all aspects of the industry and appreciated what freedom of speech and press really means. He began his career delivering newspapers as a child and then selling newspaper advertising as a young adult. He spent the next 20 years as a professor of journalism at the University of Maine in Orono, advising the next generation of journalists on the ethics and hard work that goes into respecting and maintaining freedom of speech and press.

As a professor, he advised over 100 students each year. He was the faculty advisor of the Maine Campus newspaper, which under his direction took the paper from a weekly to a daily and helped students and the paper win many awards along the way, including best newspaper in the east. He developed and led mass media communications classes to England and the Soviet Union to examine the fundamental differences in journalism based on the freedoms of the press or lack thereof. Guesman died in 2007.

An Ellsworth native, Terry Carlisle started working at The American in 1978, as secretary to former Publisher James Russell Wiggins. She later worked in accounts receivable before going into sales. She was promoted to advertising manager in 1988. At the time, the sales staff stayed in the office and waited for customers to come to them. Terry turned that approach on its head. She grew the sales team, established territories and pushed for ad reps to get out into the business community. The newspaper’s revenue doubled during her tenure in the position.

In 1995, Carlisle was promoted to marketing director with added responsibility for circulation. In 2000, she was named general manager in charge of all business operations. Smart, bold and innovative, Carlisle has shepherded the papers through many changes over the years. She is a past president of the Maine Press Association and was honored as Advertising Person of the Year by the MPA in 1996. She has also been a New England News and Press Association board member and served as president of the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, the governing board of Woodlawn. She retired in 2019.

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 induction ceremony (to be held virtually this year) are available by contacting MPA Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com or 691-0131.

MPA seeking nominations to 2020 Hall of Fame

Nominations are being taken for 2020 inductees to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 3.

Candidates must be Maine newspaper professionals who 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 Hall of Fame was established in 1998. A list of all inductees is on the MPA website at: http://mainepressassociation.org/hall-of-fame/

The MPA’s Hall of Fame Committee asks that nominations 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 material that will help committee members as they make their decisions. Please be prepared to submit all nominations and supporting materials in an electronic format so the committee can access them remotely.

Nominations can be sent to the committee chair:
Faith DeAmbrose
fdeambrose@mdislander.com

Questions may be directed to Faith DeAmbrose or to Executive Director Diane Norton at mainepressmail@gmail.com.

The 23rd annual induction ceremony will be held October 24 at the MPA Fall Conference in Bar Harbor.

MPA Signs Statement on Government Coronavirus Emergency Transparency

The Maine Press Association, along with the Maine Broadcasters Association and the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition, have joined other trade, academic and civil liberty organizations around the country in signing and sending a joint statement to state and national governmental groups that emphasizes the right to government emergency transparency and public access.

The letter grew from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, a Florida-based nonprofit that promotes press freedom, legislative and administrative reforms and litigation to ensure open, transparent and accessible state and local governments and public institutions.

“One hundred and thirty-two organizations representing diverse constituencies and political ideologies agree that our democracy and democratic practices should not be obstructed in the interest of streamlining deliberations and decision making by our governing bodies in this time of crisis,” the NFOIC said.

The statement, which can be found in full here, reads in part:
“Government bodies should not opportunistically take advantage of the public’s inability to attend large gatherings to make critical decisions affecting the public’s interest if those decisions can reasonably be postponed. Just as citizens are being asked to defer nonessential travel and errands, so should government agencies defer noncritical policy-making decisions until full and meaningful public involvement can be guaranteed. Where postponement is not realistic, every available measure should be taken to (1) notify the public of meetings of government bodies and how to participate in those meetings remotely, (2) use widely available technologies to maximize real-time public engagement, and (3) preserve a viewable record of proceedings that is promptly made accessible online.”

MPA advocates for, receives assurance of essential status

Like other press associations around the country, the Maine Press Association has shared a growing concern that newspapers/news outlets would be designated as nonessential businesses.

To ensure that would not happen, Board President J.W. Oliver wrote a compelling letter to Gov. Janet Mills, asking the state to exempt our members from restrictions on business activities, which was delivered last week by Chris Jackson of Mitchell Tardy Jackson.

Those efforts produced the good news over the weekend: The Maine press would be exempt from an executive order for the closure of nonessential businesses.

The Maine Press Association needs contest judges!

Every year, the Maine Press Association judges a newspaper contest from another state in exchange for the other state judging Maine’s contest. This year, we will judge the Oklahoma Press Association’s contest. The judging will take place in late February and early March.

Judging involves a time commitment, usually a few hours.

Many judges find it interesting to review entries from other states and gratifying to reward other newspaper professionals for outstanding work.

If you are willing to serve as a judge, please email J.W. Oliver, chair of the Maine Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, at joliver@lcnme.com.

J.W. will contact you shortly with a brief survey regarding your category preferences.

Maine Press Association awards $5K in scholarships

The Maine Press Association is awarding $5,000 in scholarships to five journalism students this month.

Recipients of 2020 scholarships are Hailey Bryant, of Gorham, a senior at the University of Maine and part-time employee of the Bangor Daily News; Olivia Shipsey, of Old Town, a senior at the University of Maine and editor-in-chief of the Maine Campus; Leela Stockley, of Orono, a junior at the University of Maine and contributor to the Maine Campus; Elizabeth Theriault, of Orono, a senior at the University of Maine and opinion section editor for the Maine Campus; and Amelia Bodge, of Sanford, a junior at the University of Southern Maine and contributor to USM’s Free Press.

Bryant was a recipient in 2019 as well. The other 2019 recipient, Nina Mahaleris, now works for a Maine Press Association member newspaper, The Penobscot Times.

“We wish all of the recipients luck as they complete their studies and pursue careers in Maine journalism,” said J.W. Oliver, president of the Maine Press Association Board of Directors. “It gives us special pride this year to award scholarships to several students who have connections to our member newspapers, as employees, interns, and even a newspaper carrier.”

“These students will start their careers at a challenging time for the industry, both from an economic standpoint and as newspapers come under attack daily from politicians who would like nothing more than to see us become extinct,” Oliver said. “We hope these scholarships encourage them as much as their passion for journalism encourages us for the future of our industry.”

The Maine Press Association awards at least one scholarship every year to a junior or senior with financial need who plans to pursue a career in journalism, but the $5,000 amount and the five recipients greatly exceed figures from recent years.

The scholarships are possible through the generosity of bidders at the Maine Press Association’s annual scholarship auction and the donors who provide the auction items.

To inquire about the 2021 scholarship, contact scholarship committee Chair Sindhu Manjesh at sindhu.manjesh@maine.edu.

Established in 1864, the Maine Press Association works to protect the freedom of the press and the public’s right to know, and to promote and foster high ethical standards in journalism.