The Payson Roundup beat out nearly 40 newspapers from around the country to win the Inland Press Foundation's first "Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper Competition."
The contest was designed to recognize the efforts of non-daily newspapers in producing high-quality, well-designed news products that serve their communities effectively as sources of news and information.
The Roundup took top honors in the 5,000 to 10,000 circulation category, and publisher Richard Haddad and editor Katy Whitehouse flew to Florida to receive the award during a conference sponsored by the Inland Press.
"For a newspaper with limited resources and population," the judges wrote about the Roundup, "this one does a lot of things very well -- news judgment, lots of 'gee-whiz' stuff, design, standing features."
The Bellevue Leader in Bellevue, Neb. won second-place in the Roundup's circulation division, which was one of three, and the Northville Record in Northville, Mich. won third.
Last year, the Roundup swept the Arizona Newspapers Foundation's 1999 Better Newspapers Contest in both individual and newspaper award categories and was named the Newspaper of the Year.
"We work to be a positive influence on the community," Haddad said. "We cover hard news stories that our readers expect, but we also try to design our pages to reflect the good people and good activities that take place in Payson every week.
"When someone picks up a copy of the Roundup, we hope they can feel our bond with the town and its residents."