The Payson Roundup ranked third nationally for non-daily newspapers with fewer than 10,000 subscribers in a competition based on editorial content, design, layout, advertising, special sections and photographs.
Sponsored by the Local Media Association (formerly the Suburban Newspapers Association), the judges compared thousands of papers based on randomly selected issues.
The judges concluded, “these award-winning newspapers displayed top-notch editorial coverage, eye-catching graphic design and prominent advertising layouts, exemplifying creativity and innovation in all areas of the newspaper.”
Roundup editor Pete Aleshire commented, “In more than 30 years in the business, I’ve never worked with such a great team, in every department. But then I’ve never had the privilege of covering such a great town, so I guess it makes sense. The people here never falter, never hesitate and never stop trying to top themselves. And that’s good, because our readers deserve it.”
The top two finishers in the non-daily (under 10,000) competition were the Taos News and the Jackson Hole News and Guide.
In commenting on the Roundup’s issues the judges praised the editorial content, typography and advertising. Comments included:
“Editorial: Good writing throughout that covers a great diversity of topics; nice editorial page.
“Typography: Like the type styles, headline fonts, overall layout and design. Good color and great photos.
“Advertising: Good special sections and well-designed local ads.”
Earlier this year, the Roundup won the top award for editorial excellence from the Arizona Newspapers Association. The Roundup has won that award for the past 13 years in a row, but this is the first year the paper has entered the Local Media Association competition.
The flagship paper of WorldWest Publishing, family-owned corporation that publishes the Roundup, won in its category. The Lawrence Journal-World won newspaper of the year for daily newspapers under 30,000 circulation.
Judges said of the Lawrence Journal-World’s coverage “Some great front pages make this entry impressive. This paper has some great enterprise/watchdog pieces. It’s great to see a paper have the courage to challenge or question the activities of sacred cows.”