The Payson Roundup won recognition as the best non-daily newspaper in Arizona for the 10th year in a row from the Arizona Newspaper Association Saturday.
Nearly every newspaper in Arizona belongs to the ANA, with 105 in the non-daily category.
The awards ceremony was the final event during the ANA annual conference, held Oct. 11 at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Comunication in downtown Phoenix.
The paper also won the top award for “general excellence” in its circulation category of 3,500 to 10,000. First-place award categories included departmental news, page design, news story, sports story, sustained coverage, sports beat coverage, lifestyle feature story, news photograph, sports photograph, feature photograph, and photo layout.
“I am proud of the effort of everyone at the Roundup. It takes a team effort to produce the best non-daily newspaper in the state,” said publisher John Naughton.”Receiving this award demonstrates the effort and dedication of the Roundup staff in producing the best newspaper for residents of the Rim Country."
Roundup sports editor Max Foster won more first-place awards than any journalist in the state, with awards for best news story, best sports story and best sports beat coverage. The former Payson High School Football coach has written for the Roundup for 20 years and not only writes the bulk of the stories in the sports section, but frequently writes breaking news for the front-page.
Joking about the Roundup’s uninterrupted dominance of the best overall non-daily category for a decade, the moderator deferred that category to the very end, keeping Naughton on the edge of his seat. The East Valley Tribune won the top award for daily newspapers.
Other general excellence winners in their categories included the Arizona Republic, The Flagstaff Daily Sun in the daily category and the non-daily Nogales international, Scottsdale Times.
Roundup Editor Tom Brossart won two first-place awards, including best photo feature layout and best feature photograph - a category in which Roundup Photographer Andy Towle placed a close second.
The Roundup dominated the photo categories, with Dennis Fendler’s win for the Best Sports photograph and Jason Pettifield’s win for best News Photograph. Pettifield also took second place for best feature photo layout.
Rim Review Editor Teresa McQuerrey also did well, with a first-place award for best sustained coverage on a hospice care series. McQuerrey also won a second place in the lifestyle feature category, with her profile of Audrie.
In fact, the Roundup swept the Lifestyle feature category, with a first place award to News Editor Pete Aleshire and a third-place award to Erin Turner.
The Roundup won second or third place awards in various overall and individual categories including reporting, editorial page excellence, use of photography, special section, web site, feature photograph, news feature and photo layout.
The Roundup was awarded 20 journalism awards overall.
Also, the Roundup would like to congratulate the The Rim Country Gazette who took home two awards.