The National Newspaper Association, the largest newspaper association in the United States, recognized the Idaho Mountain Express last week as one of the best newspapers in the United States.
At its annual convention Sept. 26 through Sept. 29 in Norfolk, Va., the NNA gave the Express an "honorable mention" award in the "general excellence" competition for non-daily newspapers with a circulation of 10,000 or more. The award was issued as part of the NNA's 2008 Better Newspaper Contest, which recognized excellence in journalism in numerous categories for work done in 2007.
In announcing the general excellence awards, John D. Montgomery Jr., chairman of NNA's Contests and Awards Committee, said the papers recognized in that category are "the best of the best," an NNA news release states.
In judging three consecutive Wednesday editions of the Mountain Express from fall 2007, judges said: "Strong local paper with a real sense of place. Stories spoke to local audience with some interesting topics ... Lots of news and content."
Other general excellence awards in the division (non-daily, circulation of 10,000 or more) include:
- 1st place: The Taos News, Taos, N.M.
- 2nd place: The Ellsworth American, Ellsworth, Me.
- 3rd place: The Peninsula Gateway, Gig Harbor, Wash.
- Honorable Mention: San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco, Calif.
- Honorable Mention: The Independent Weekly, Lafayette, La.
In all, 25 general excellence awards were announced last week by the NNA, including awards issued in the "College Division." Honorable mention awards were given out in some divisions but not all.
Established in 1885, the NNA represents owners, publishers and editors of America's community newspapers. It has more than 2,500 newspaper members.