The Mountaineer recognized for excellence by NCPA

Mar 03, 2014
Pictured from left are Jessi Stone, assistant editor, Shelby Harrell, education reporter, Check Fiebernitz, sports editor, Vicki Hyatt, editor, and DeeAnna Haney, courts and crimes reporter.

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."

Comments (7)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Mar 03, 2014 07:53

I concur!  The Mountaineer is a quality publication that is more informative and gives more perspective than most any paper I've read in my lifetime.  And with these online "comments", it's "fun" too -- an interactive forum where ideas and perspectives can be debated constructively.


Even when I criticize some of the perspectives, I appreciate and enjoy reading them.  It's more effective at keeping current on local events as sitting in a barber chair every 3 weeks!  (Sorry Randy!)


Posted by: jessi stone | Mar 03, 2014 10:36

Thanks Scott! We also enjoy reading your comments!

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 03, 2014 11:00

               Mr. Lilly's pants should be "on fire".



Posted by: Scott Lilly | Mar 03, 2014 11:07

"Mr. Lilly's pants should be "on fire"." -- Booooo.  Show me any paper that shoots any straighter than The Mountaineer.  Show me a widely-read publication that allows uncensored participation from readers.  You will find it hard to come up with one.  My praise is genuine, sir.  I happily pay my Mountaineer subscription.  Apparently, so to 10,000 other people.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 03, 2014 11:43

                 But yet you cannot humble yourself to apologize to the same people you disparaged wrongly.


Posted by: Beth G. Johnson | Mar 03, 2014 13:02

Although sometimes a little careless with the finer points of grammar, I agree that 'The Mountaineer' is worthy of its awards.  It is the best small town newspaper I have ever subscribed to.  Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 04, 2014 10:22

                  As a progressive liberal, I belong to a number of civil rights organizations. Thru newsletters they document the incidents of anti-liberal anti-US organizations in the state/country. We are very fortunate in this area not to have an ongoing organized biggoted prescence. This is in large part due to the active reporting of the Mountaineer and their counterpart Smoky Mountain News. Both should be proud. However, as recent news has pointed out, there is an anti-liberty anti-Jesus anti-Constitution contigency that is using the "bible" and taxpayers money to force their opinion on other people. This needs to be researched more and brought to light. "Eternal vigilence is the cost of liberty".(John Philpot Curran)



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