The Individual Award nominations deadline for the 2014 MPA Better Newspaper Contest has been extended to July 25, 2014. The guidelines for entering are shown below. Elaborate portfolios are not necessary – only the content is judged.

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 11, 2014. 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.

Mail all nominations by July 25, 2014 to:
Diane Norton, Executive Director
Maine Press Association
PO Box 336
Camden, ME 04843
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.

The Journal Tribune in Biddeford Maine seeks qualified candidates for Publisher/Advertising Manager. The successful candidate’s primary focus is on driving revenue with a seasoned sales team while maintaining a personal account list of active advertisers. Responsibilities include planning, coordinating and directing all departments of the newspaper.

Ideal candidate will be an adverting pro with successful goal oriented and results driven newspaper advertising leadership experience. Must possess strong customer service needs selling skills and the ability to develop skills in others.
This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to come in and lead by example. The Journal Tribune is a seven day newspaper along with several niche publications including a mailed weekly product. This position is available because current publisher promotion within company.

For consideration, please send a cover letter, resume and salary history to Journal Tribune, Attn: Jim Freeland, 457 Alfred St. Biddeford, ME or email to All replies kept in strict confidence.

Nominations are being taken for 2014 inductees to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 11.

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.

A total of 60 journalists have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 1998.
A list of all inductees is available on the MPA website:

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 material that will help committee members as they make their decisions.

Nominations can be sent to the committee chair:
Paula Gibbs
26 Touassic Lane
Woolwich, ME 04579

Questions may be directed to Paula Gibbs at or to Executive Director Diane Norton at

This year’s inductees will be announced in mid-August. The 2014 induction ceremony will be held at the MPA Fall Conference in October.

There is still time to complete the “Preserving the Pine Tree State: Digitizing The First Record of History in Maine” and enter a raffle to receive a $25 VISA gift card!

Researchers at the University of Maine are conducting a study about the production, capture and preservation of online news content in the state of Maine. They are interested in learning more about your knowledge and experience with digital news content. The results of this research will be available at the 2014 annual MPA meeting.

Link to survey:

Please feel free to share this survey link with colleagues. The survey will close on Saturday, June 28.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer E. Moore from the Department of Communication and Journalism at or Jennifer L. Bonnet, Research Librarian, at

The Maine Press Association will offer an intensive half-day workshop next month for writers and editors at member newspapers. This session, on the morning of July 11 at the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, will focus on the mechanics of news and feature writing and editing.

Participants will exchange their work and ideas with peers from other MPA papers. The session will be particularly valuable for those of you who often play dual roles as writers and editors.

Considerable preparation will be required before the workshop, which will run from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m., with lunch provided by the MPA. Enrollment is limited to 12 people and the registration fee is $25. The moderator will be Jeff Ham, night city editor at the Portland Press Herald and former director of the MPA.

To join this group, sign up by June 20 at Please makes checks payable to the Maine Press Association and mail to: Diane Norton, MPA, PO Box 336, Camden, ME 04843

For more information about the workshop, contact Jeff Ham at and



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