The National Newspaper Association, the largest newspaper association in the United States, has again recognized the Idaho Mountain Express as one of the premier community newspapers in the country.
The NNA announced last week that the Express has won a second-place award in the Best Local News Coverage category in the NNA's 2010 Better Newspapers Contest, which judged work done in 2009. The Express competed with non-daily newspapers nationwide with a circulation of 10,000 or more. The award will be issued at the NNA's annual convention Oct. 2 in Omaha, Neb.
In the Best Local News Coverage category, the NNA's judges reviewed two entire issues of the competing newspapers and compared them to others from across the nation. In their assessment of the Express, judges said: "Comprehensive news coverage of an expansive geographic area with all the stories found in daily metros, plus a commitment to local news."
"We're honored to be recognized in this way," said Express Editor Gregory Foley. "This is a dynamic region where news is abundant but isn't always easily accessed and reported on. Our staff deserves a lot of credit for meeting challenge after challenge in 2009."
The Express earned third place for Best Local News Coverage in the 2008 Better Newspapers Contest, one of four awards from the NNA that year. The newspaper has twice been recognized in the contest's General Excellence category, in 2007 and 2008.
Established in 1885, the NNA represents owners, publishers and editors of approximately 2,700 community newspapers.