MT recognized by NCPA

Article Published: Mar. 8, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 8, 2012
MT recognized by NCPA

From left, Mountain Times editor Frank Ruggiero, Avery Journal-Times staff writer Matthew Hundley, Blowing Rocket editor Jeff Eason, Avery Journal-Times editor Sam Calhoun and Avery Journal-Times sports editor Jamie Shell attend the NCPA Winter Institute March 8.

Photo by Sarah Newell, Hickory Daily Record

Mountain Times Publications staff left the mountain for the hill Thursday, March 1, for the N.C. Press Association’s 2011 News, Editorial & Photojournalism Awards in Chapel Hill.

The NCPA presented two awards to The Mountain Times in the “Communities Over 10,000 (circulation)” division.

Editor Frank Ruggiero took second place in Arts & Entertainment Reporting for his story, “The Ballad of Tom Dooley,” while he, layout artist Rob Moore and staff took third place for “Best Niche Publication” for the 2011 Summer Times.

“Serving our community is the foundation of what we do, and being recognized by our peers is high praise for any publication,” said Tom Mayer, Mountain Times Publications executive editor. “The awards our Mountain Times staff have earned from the N.C. Press Association were borne in the spirit of information and accountability — in a continuing legacy of service to our readers.”
Mountain Times Publications publisher Gene Fowler agrees.

“Now more than ever the independent voice of a free press is needed to filter the static that comes from unreliable sources,” Fowler said. “These accomplishments, as recognized by the N.C. Press Association, by our staff are affirmation that our news team has exhibited a commitment to excellence in news gathering and reporting.”

The Mountain Times was also recognized in the NCPA Best Ad Contest, receiving four first-place awards, four second-place awards and three third-place awards, with the honors going to creative services director Jennifer Canosa, graphic artist Meleah Petty, marketing consultant Rex Goss, marketing consultant Mark Mitchell, All About Women editor Sherrie Norris and executive editor Tom Mayer.

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