The Mountain Times

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Phil Camp recognized for excellence in community news

Phil Camp, of the The Vermont Standard, was inducted into the New England Newspaper & Press Association Hall of Fame

"In many ways Phil Camp personifies the very best attributes - the heart and soul - of an ideal community newspaper publisher in modern day America," wrote the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) introducing Camp into the Hall of Fame. 
Camp has owned the 160-year-old Vermont Standard for the past 32 years. The Standard, epitomizes his vision of community journalism, Camp said. "We don't have an agenda. We just have a passion for providing information that people need, want and deserve, written in an unbiased, accurate and forgiving way," he told NENPA.


The Standard, as well as many other Vermont newspapers took home many awards at this year's annual NENPA conference in Boston. New England newspapers of all size compete for awards in a variety of categories. 50 judges from across the country assessed more than 3,000 entries in this year's contest. Newspapers compete in four categories based on circulation (this creates parity between tiny community publications with a staff of three and a circulations of 1,000 and The Boston Globe with a staff of hundreds and a circulation of 100,000.)
The Mountain Times entered for the first time in recent history, and took home four awards in the large weekly category. We won second place for Most Creative Use of Small Print Space, second for Overall Mobile Application, third for Advertising Sales Media Kit and third for Overall design and presentation.
Our sister publications to the north also did well.
Our little sister, The Reporter in Brandon, (with a staff of just three) won top prizes for Business Reporting and Business Special Section for coverage of Brandon a year after Tropical Storm Irene, the top prize for Best Local Ad (Black and White), plus a few other silvers and bronzes.
A story by Editor/Reporter Lee Kahrs about Rutland author Linda Goodspeed, who did not let her blindness prevent her from writing, skiing and parenting her adopted daughter, won second place in the Local Personality Profile category. "The lead got me," the judge said. "'Close your eyes. Now try to raise your child,'"... "Triumph over adversity."
Our big sister, The Addison Independent in Middlebury, won four first-place awards: Most Creative Use of Small Print Space, General News Photo, Local Election Coverage, Mobile App Design. Plus, other silvers and bronzes.
For a full list of awards received, visit