In their best showing ever in the Newspaper of the Year Awards of Suburban Newspapers of America, The Gazette and its sister company, Southern Maryland Newspapers, took three of the top four honors for non-daily newspapers.
“We all know the challenges out there – a lousy economy, head-spinning changes in technology and competition unlike any in the past,” said newspaper group CEO Chuck Lyons. “To achieve our best showing ever in the Newspaper of the Year awards in these times helps to validate that we are doing good work that matters.”
First place awards included The Gazette’s Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village/Germantown edition, circulation over 37,500, the Frederick edition, circulation of 22,501 to 37,500, and Southern Maryland Newspaper’s Enterprise of St. Mary’s County, circulation of 10,001 to 22,500. The Prince George’s Gazette’s Clinton/Fort Washington edition and Southern Maryland’s Maryland Independent serving Charles County won second and third places, respectively.
Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism handled the judging, which involved hundreds of newspapers from across the country. They focused on “the quality of the editorial coverage, graphic design and presentation, advertising layouts and creativity and innovation.”