Roundup Repeats As State's Top Non-Daily Newspaper

Team effort garners Roundup Newspaper of the Year award

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The Payson Roundup newspaper, for the ninth consecutive year, took home the top honor in the Arizona Newspapers Association's Better Newspapers Contest.

ANA's deputy executive director John Fearing awarded the Roundup Arizona Newspaper of the Year (non-daily) for the ninth consecutive year.

"This community should be really proud that their newspaper won," Roundup publisher John Naughton said.

The Roundup's competition includes all 92 non-dailies in the state.

"I was not here for the time of the contest; Tom (Brossart) wasn't here. This is your award," he told the assembled Roundup staff Monday morning.

Newspaper of the Year awards are a calculation of honors won in the Excellence in Advertising Contest in April added with the winning entries from the Better Newspapers contest in September.

The East Valley Tribune won Newspaper of the Year for the fourth year in a row in the daily category.

"They've won a few years in a row now, but the competition has never been closer," ANA interim director Paula Casey said of both papers' wins.

"Everybody worked really hard in the past year. I am really proud. Seeing everybody succeed makes it all worth it," former editor Autumn Phillips said.

The Roundup prides itself on its quality balance of news stories and advertising.

The Roundup garnered 13 awards in 23 writing and editing categories.

Arizona Newspapers Awards

Newspaper of the Year, non-daily

Division 2: Non-daily circulation 3,500 to 10,000

First place awards:

  • General Excellence
  • Departmental News and Copywriting Excellence
  • Page Design Excellence
  • Editorial Page Excellence
  • Special Section, Newspaper Supplement or Magazine -- 2007 Progress Edition

Second place awards:

  • Community Service / Journalistic Achievement
  • Newspaper Online Site / Web Page

Individual winners, Division 2:

  • Best Sustained Coverage or Series -- First place: Teresa McQuerrey, Felicia Megdal, Max Foster and Carol La Valley -- Affordable housing: Crisis or catch phrase; and second place: Michael Maresh, Felicia Megdal and Teresa McQuerrey -- Meth series
  • Best Lifestyle Feature Story -- Second place: Carol La Valley -- "A promise fulfilled: Family publishes book years after her death"
  • Best Headline -- Third place: Autumn Phillips -- "A lesson learned from a topless dancer"
  • Best News Photograph -- First place: Jason Pettifield --Meth in a lightbulb
  • Best Feature Photo Layout -- Third place: Richard Haddad -- The Faces of Rim Country

The seven Excellence in Advertising Awards the Roundup won are:

First place awards:

  • Best Classified Promotion -- Clean it up and move it out -- Sherrie McQuerrey, Ad Designer; Molly McCarty, Ad Rep; Julie Haught, Ad Manager
  • Best "Pro Bono" Public Service Ad -- Tonto Community Concert Association -- Richard Haddad, Ad Designer; Julie Haught, Ad Manager; and the entire staff at Payson Roundup
  • Best Special Section -- Progress 2006 -- Julie Haught and the entire staff at Payson Roundup

Second place awards:

  • Best Black and White Ad -- Got Realtor? -- Jay Copper, Ad Designer; Diane Montefour, Ad Rep; Julie Haught, Ad Manager
  • Best Classified Section -- Cherilynn Hughes-Yoder, Roundup Production Department
  • Best Website Banner Ad -- Teen Roundup -- Richard Haddad, Ad Designer; Julie Haught, Ad Manager

Third place awards:

  • Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section -- Reach 13,000 readers -- Sherrie McQuerrey, Ad Designer and Composer; Julie Haught, Ad Manager

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