The Payson Roundup brought home several awards from the Arizona Press Club this weekend.
Editor Autumn Phillips won second place for Editorial Writing, with pieces on education, gun control and biomass, and a third place for Commentary/Analysis.
Former Roundup publisher Richard Haddad was the first runner-up in the Community Journalist of the Year contest.
Judge Jerry Roberts wrote, "Showing exceptional talent in a wide range of journalistic skills, Haddad does it all: Reporting, writing, photography, breaking news, features, page design and, by the way, the solid and seasoned judgment of a first-rate newsroom leader. The thread that runs throughout this impressive collection of community journalism is Haddad's deep knowledge, understanding and caring for his readers. He knows his audience and his journalism speaks to the real issues of their real lives."
Haddad also won a first place in the Lifestyle reporting category for his article, "One bullet changes life of teen," and a third place in Non-metro pictorial photography.
Former Roundup reporter Michael Maresh won second place in the Lifestyle reporting category for his story, "Payson's homeless," and a second place in the Personality profile reporting category.
Earlier this month, the advertising staff of the Roundup also brought home a number of awards from the Arizona Newspaper Association's 2007 Excellence in Advertising competition. Included in the awards: First places for Best Special Section for the 2006 Progress edition, Best Classified Promotion and Best "Pro Bono" Public Service Ad, second place for Best Black and White Ad, Best Classified Section and Best Web Site Banner Ad. They also won third place for Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section.
The points accumulated through the various wins gave the Roundup the third-place spot in Advertising General Excellence for non-daily papers, with circulation between 3,500 and 10,000.