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South Whidbey Record named one of North America's best papers

The South Whidbey Record was recognized this week as one of the top newspapers for its size in North America.

The Suburban Newspapers Association announced its "Newspapers of the Year" on Thursday.

The Record was named a "Newspaper of the Year" and received third place in the competition for non-dailies with circulations less than 10,000.

The competition included newspapers from across the United States and Canada and was judged by executives from The American Press Institute.

"It's great to be recognized on a national level, especially with the level of competition that's out there," said Record publisher Sherry Mays.

"I'm really proud of the Record team. When all the players on a team play their hardest, wins happen," Mays said. "All of their hard work has paid off."

The top winners in the competition for newspapers in The Record's class are based in New York, N.Y. and Chicago, Ill. The Riverdale Press in the Bronx won first place, and Wilmette Life/Pioneer Press Newspapers placed second.

Judges in the contest praised the Record for its editorial content, beginning with the paper's news stories, headlines and photography. The Record's advertising was lauded, as well.

“The quality of this paper begins on page 1. It is striking, clean and graphically creative," the judges wrote in their comments. "The leads are brisk and exciting, the headlines dramatic. This is a graphically-interesting, sharply printed paper which uses color extremely well. The photography and layout are strong and complimentary.”

The Record also earned kudos for "its big treatment of community news, its graphic appeal and clear pulse of the town.”

The Record and other winners will be recognized in a two-page spread in the October issue of Editor & Publisher and at the Suburban Newspapers Association conference for publishers in October in Minneapolis, Minn.

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