The Mountaineer recognized for excellence by NCPA
The Mountaineer was recognized in several news categories Thursday night in Chapel Hill during the 2013 North Carolina Press Association Editorial & Photo Journalism Contest.
The Mountaineer received first place honors in News Coverage, Special Section (for the Lake Junaluska Centennial publication) and overall General Excellence in its division of newspaper with a circulation over 10,000.
According to the judges, The Mountaineer is a "good balance of news and features. Well written… Nice use of color… Easy to read."
Western North Carolina newspapers dominated the General Excellence category — with Franklin Press coming in second and Smoky Mountain News in third place.
Each year the NCPA contest is judged by editors and publishers in other states. For general excellence, judges look at two consecutive issues of the paper submitted for the contest.
"The annual General Excellence awards, considered the top prize in each circulation division, recognize the best in mechanical excellence, general and departmental news coverage, literary excellence, promotion of community interests, graphics and appearance, editorial vigor, use of photographs and advertising enterprise," according to a NCPA press release.
"I'm extremely proud of the news staff and all the hard work they've put into serving this community," Hyatt said. "While it is an honor to be recognized by peers, comments we receive on a regular basis from our readers are just as meaningful. Our goal at The Mountaineer is to put out the very best newspaper we can every Monday, Wednesday and Friday — and give readers even more through our website. To us, finding news in Haywood County to tell you about isn't just our job, it is our passion."