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The annual Local Media Association Editorial Contest once again elicited fierce competition. The entries were simply phenomenal, and judges certainly had a tough job on their hands. To see the list of winners CLICK HERE.

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We are excited to announce the new and improved Best in Digital Media Awards is now open!  New Categories! New Judging Classifications!  

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Local Media Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Newspaper of the Year contest. 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. Click here to view the winners.

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It was another spectacular year in the 2013 Advertising and Promotions Contest!  Special thanks to everyone who entered. With hundreds of note-worthy entries and fierce competition from across North America, our contest judges certainly had a tough job. We're very excited and extremely proud to announce our 2013 Advertising and Promotions Contest winners.

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Dan Calhoun photoAnnouncing the 2013 Local Media Association Advertising Director of the Year & Digital Sales Manager of the Year. Advertising Director of the Year Dan Calhoun (l).

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The annual Local Media Association Editorial Contest once again elicited fierce competition. The entries were simply phenomenal, and judges certainly had a tough job on their hands. To see the list of winners CLICK HERE.

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Local Media Association’s highest individual honor salutes leadership, innovation and achievement.
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Betty Carr

From a humble start as a part timer in the classified department of Oshawa This Week, Betty Carr forged an outstandingly successful decades-long career in the community newspaper industry. Now, capping off her professional career from which she just recently retired, Carr has been selected to receive the Local Media Association 2012 Dean S. Lesher Award. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to her company, community and the local newspaper industry at large, Carr has been resoundingly chosen for this lifetime achievement award, LMA’s highest honor. It is bestowed annually on an individual who has enhanced the industry through leadership, innovation and achievement of excellence in both their company and community.

In honoring Carr, who retired from her position as vice president of Metroland Media Group’s Toronto division and publisher of Toronto Community News in the spring, LMA is saluting one of the industry’s finest. She has made a vast imprint on the local community newspaper industry, within her company and in her community. According to Peter Haggert, Editor in Chief of Toronto Community News, “(Betty is) someone who fought an uphill battle, took a one-paper publisher's job nobody wanted, and turned it into an incredibly successful franchise of community newspapers in Canada's largest city.”

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Enter to Win the Most Prestigious Award of the Year.   Sponsored by Local Media Association

DEADLINE: Friday, July 27, 2012

And so it begins...entries for Local Media Associations most recognized and prestigious contest of the year are now being accepted. The 2012 Newspaper of the Year Contest recognizes a thoughtfully developed style of presentation through editorial content, typography and advertising. This contest addresses just about everything: from headline writing and editorial layout to retail ad copy and news photography...everything is taken into consideration. Show everyone whose publication is the best - enter your newspapers today!

Winning entries will be displayed and award winners recognized at Local Media Associations 2012 Fall Publishers' and Advertising Directors' Conference, September 11-14 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.

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In partnership with NewspaperToolbox
Deadline for Entries: June 1, 2012**

Our community newspapers are full of amazing local news that we're all proud of, and behind it all stands hard-working advertising and classified departments. The annual Local Media Association Advertising and Promotions Contest recognizes your creative hard work throughout North America. With thirty categories just waiting to be won -- from Best Ad Series, to Best Cover Page to Best Shopping Area Promotion -- this contest covers the gamut. Enter today!


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SNA's Lifetime Achievement Award to Be Presented in Phoenix This Fall

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William Brehm, Sr.

William (Bill) Brehm, Sr., has been named this years Dean Lesher Award recipient. Brehm, Sr., has been active in the publishing industry for more than 60 years and at one time served on the SNA Board of Directors. In 1984, Brehm, Sr., presented the Dean Lesher award to Ralph Markham of the Antelope Valley Newspapers (California). Twenty seven years later, he will now be presented with this distinguished honor.

Brehm, Sr., began his career at the Industrial Post in Bell, California (near Los Angeles), in 1946 and became president several years later. He also was president of the company's first newspaper (The Daily Democrat in Fort Madison, Iowa). The newspaper is still under the same ownership 90 years later as part of Brehm Communications, Inc. Today Brehm operates more than 60 daily, weekly and semiweekly newspapers, shoppers and niche publications located in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

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SNA has teamed up with NewspaperToolbox to provide an online entry platform for the 2011 Advertising & Promotions Contest. This new online contest entry system is designed to make the process of entering contests quicker, easier and less costly than the previous method of mailing ‘hard-copy’ material.

SNA chose to partner with NewspaperToolbox because of their proven ability to collect and share revenue-generating ideas with publishers throughout North America. With just a click of a button, you can access thousands of ready-to-sell ideas, reader contests, concept pages, themed editorial features and articles, special supplements, games, horoscopes, recipes and so much more. The ideas and concepts they present are easy-to-sell and are adaptable to any market, large or small.

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The SNA Editorial Contest attracts more than 1,500 entries each year from more than 250 newspapers across North America. We’re pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious Editor and Journalist of the Year honors; all first place winners will be recognized at the Fall Publishers’ and Advertising Directors’ Conference.

The winners of the remaining 36 categories of the Editorial Contest will be announced in early February.

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The wait is over! We're proud to announce the top winners in the SNA 2010 Newspaper of the Year contest. 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. Hundreds of suburban and community newspapers entered and competed for this great honor.

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Harrison Cochran

SNA's Lifetime Achievement Award to Be Presented in Philadelphia This Fall

Perhaps no single individual has served SNA more in the last fifteen years than Harrison Cochran. His dedication and level of service to the organization has been extraordinary. He is the only person to have served twice as Chairman of the SNA Board of Directors, jumping in a second time when an unexpected vacancy occurred. In addition, he has continuously served on the SNA or SNA Foundation Board since 1995.

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Alongside 26 other women in a training class, Joanne Burghardt gets ready to mount the machine in her quest to become a licensed rider.

By Deb Shaw
Editor, Suburban Publisher

Trophy wives and fast cars have long been the supposed hallmarks of many a man’s mid-life crisis; perhaps it’s motorcycles for women.

Both I and acclaimed newspaper editor Joanne Burghardt, in two separate countries and with no common ties, found ourselves gravitating first to motorcycle safe rider training followed quickly by the purchase of our first bikes and we both did this around our half century mark. Hmmmm, wonder if it’s something about ink in the veins for a couple of decades that is pushing nerves aside to learn firsthand about a sport/hobby that has long attracted men in droves but only in recent years is seeing more women on 2-wheel iron horses. “I like to go fast” is how Burghardt explains her new found passion.

But that’s not the only place where speed is an element of Burghardt’s life.

In her work as Editor-in-Chief of Metroland Media Group’s Durham Region / Northumberland County Division, Burghardt has been involved in the quick and constant evolution of and her fervor for high journalistic standards alongside the need to keep pace with the changing expectations of readers are pushing her to continuously and rapidly advance the bar.

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The SNA Local Community Web Site Contest represents the top Web initiatives from community and suburban newspapers across North America. Entries for this year's contest did not fail to disappoint. We're extremely proud of all the Web sites that entered the contest and recognize the hard work and innovation that goes into creating a winning site. And the winners are...

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After much anticipation, SNA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Editorial Contest. Newspapers from across North America responded to our call, submitting their best and brightest work. Judged by the Journalism Department faculty of Loyola University Chicago, School of Communication, this year's contest heralded magnificent results.

Taking the lead with the most winning entries among companies is Metroland Media Group Ltd. with a whopping 93 winners. They are followed by Journal Register Company with 71 and Black Press with 55. Rounding out the company leader board is Lee Enterprises, Inc. with 35, GateHouse Media, Inc. with 25, American Community Newspapers II, LLC with 20, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. with 19, Consumers News Service, ThisWeek Community Newspapers also with 19, Holden Landmark Corporation with 15 awards, The World Company with 13 and Southern Newspapers, Inc. with 11 awards.

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Every Sunday during the promotion The Daily Journal touted the value of the in-paper coupons for that day. This element has continued since the promotion ended.

Promotion stressed value during tough economy

By Deb Shaw

What a hoot to watch the difference between a senior citizen and a Gen Y’er make a 90 second dash for free groceries around their local supermarket. Gloria Toledo sauntered along very politely, taking only what she could really use and even declined any more items although she had a few more seconds on her timer. Justin Morrison, on the other hand, raced through the aisles making a beeline for — you guessed it — meat, meat and more meat. He made a quick stop for frozen shrimp and chicken nuggets, probably to pacify wife and little one waiting nearby, before the timer halted his grab of $590 worth of groceries.

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Innovation. Creativity. Risk Taking. Just some of the words used by the judges of the SNA 2009 Advertising & Promotion Contest when describing the entries.

“I noticed the smaller the paper, the better the concepts and the more willingness to take risks.”
Scott Brandon, Originalist President, The Brandon Agency

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Rita Walters and team at their weekly sales meeting at the Peace Arch News in Surrey, British Columbia.

Maybe it is true that really great sales people are born that way. There’s a lot of debate on the issue but in the case of Rita Walters, it was definitely some innate talent that enabled her to walk into a local shopping mall many moons ago with zero sales training and walk out 3 hours later with the advertising program she and her partner designed completely sold out.

The way the story goes is that in the late 70’s, with only a basis in customer service from her stint in the banking industry, she joined forces with her new husband Bob to start up a home-buyers magazine in Calgary, Alberta. They soon decided to expand into selling coupons on the back of cash-register tapes and hubby inspired Rita to go to the local mall to sell the promotion with the promise that he would give her all the sales training she would need.

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Rick O’Connor

"Simply the best newspaper executive I have had the pleasure of knowing" is how Black Press President David Black describes Rick O'Connor. Black's nomination along with supporting recommendations from nine of Rick's colleagues and staff pushed him to the top of a very impressive group of nominees for the 2009 Dean Lesher Award.

O'Connor's accomplishments are many as are his contributions to the community and the industry. He started out as an owner of a small newspaper company in a small British Columbia town and ultimately left to work for Black Press, eventually moving up to Chief Operating Officer overseeing 150 titles and 3,000 employees.

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