Thu, Feb 13, 2014 07:31 PM
Phil Camp, of the The Vermont Standard, was inducted into
the New England Newspaper & Press Association Hall of
"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.
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
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 mountatintimes.info.