PORTLAND (AP) – The Lewiston Sun Journal was named Newspaper of the Year Saturday in the Maine Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The Sun Journal took first place in the general excellence competition for both daily and weekend newspapers.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the MPA’s annual awards banquet at The Eastland Park Hotel in Portland.

The York Weekly was named Newspaper of the Year in the Weekly I division, for newspapers with circulation of 5,000 or less.

The Ellsworth American was named Newspaper of the Year in the Weekly II division, for newspapers with more than 5,000 circulation.

Papers were judged on work they published between April 1, 2002, and March 31, 2003. The judges were from newspapers in other New England states.

The Portland Press Herald won second place in the general excellence competition for daily newspapers, and the Bangor Daily News was third.

In the competition for weekend papers, the Maine Sunday Telegram took second place and the Bangor Daily News took third.

In general excellence judging for Weekly I newspapers, the Mount Desert Islander of Bar Harbor won second place and The Camden Herald took third place.

The second-place finisher in the Weekly II division was The Bar Harbor Times, and third place went to the York County Coast Star.

Judy Meyer, a managing editor at the Sun Journal, was named the state’s Journalist of the Year.

In November, Meyer led a statewide audit to gauge compliance with public-records laws by police, school and town officials. The results, showing inconsistent compliance, prompted state legislators to pass two bills this spring aimed at improving Mainers’ access to public records.

Ann Duddy, a sales representative for the weekly Current in Scarborough and the American Journal of Westbrook, was named the Advertising Person of the Year by the MPA.

Patricia Storer of the Franklin Journal in Farmington and the Livermore Falls Advertiser was named the state’s Circulation Person of the Year.

Kris Woodruff, a reporter at The Times Record in Brunswick, was the winner of the Bob Drake Young Writers Award.


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