Libby named Maine Press Association Advertising Person of the Year

Courier Publications brings home numerous journalism awards from annual event
By Staff | Oct 21, 2019
Photo by: Glenn Billington Part of the Courier Publications team rejoices at the Maine Press Association awards in Portland Oct. 19. Pictured are, front from left, Kris Ferrazza, Steve Betts, Ken Waltz, and back; Dagney C. Ernest, Susan Mustapich, Christine Dunkle, Daniel Dunkle, David Libby, Holly Vanorse-Spicer and Beth A. Birmingham.

Portland — Employees from The Courier-Gazette, The Republican Journal, The Camden Herald and VillageSoup brought home numerous awards from the Maine Press Association 2019 Better Newspaper Contest Saturday night, Oct. 19.

Longtime Courier Publications employee David Libby of Thomaston was named the Advertising Person of the Year at the event.

Watch Dave Libby video below.

Courier Publications owner Reade Brower presented the award to Libby, noting that it was well-deserved for Libby, who has brought in revenue for the newspapers over the years by creating relationships with his customers.

Libby spoke briefly, encouraging everyone at the event by saying newspapers are here to stay for a long time.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, following a day of workshops and networking for reporters and photographers, journalists, advertising staff, and designers throughout the state. The MPA annual auction raised almost $2,000 for scholarships prior to the awards dinner.

In the Weekly 1 division, The Camden Herald won first place for Advertising General Excellence and also brought home the plaque for first place General Excellence Digital. (Weekly newspapers in MPA are divided into two groups, with smaller circulation weeklies in 1 and larger in 2).

The Courier-Gazette placed third for General Excellence Print in the Weekly 2 division.

Beth A. Birmingham was awarded a plaque for the Best in Show in Photography for Weekly 2, for her photo taken at the scene of a fire.

The Courier-Gazette was awarded second place for Freedom of Information for weeklies. This award is given to papers that fight consistently to acquire public documents from government officials under the Freedom of Access law.

The Camden Herald one first place for Editorial Page in Weekly 1. The Courier-Gazette won second place and The Republican Journal took third place in Weekly 2.

The Camden Herald received the first place for its Sports Section in Weekly 1; The Republican Journal won first place for Sports Section in Weekly 2 and The Courier-Gazette took home second place Sports Section in Weekly 2. (For a full showing of our sports awards, keep an eye on our Sports sections).

It was also nice to see Pearl Benjamin, a high school student from Camden, win an award for her regular column in The Camden Herald. Benjamin has been an outspoken advocate for stronger gun laws to protect teens, action on climate change and fairness in treatment of young women in schools.

Other awards included:

News photo, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle

Spot news photos, Weekly 2, second and third place, Beth A. Birmingham

Scenic photos, Weekly 2, first and second place, Beth A. Birmingham

People photo, Weekly 2, second place, Fran Gonzalez

People photo, Weekly 2, third place, Sarah E. Reynolds.

Feature photo, Weekly 2, first place, Beth A. Birmingham

Feature photo, Weekly 2, third place, Fran Gonzalez

Specialty Page Design, Weekly 1, first and third place, Christine Dunkle and Dagney C. Ernest for The Camden Herald.

Specialty Page Design, Weekly 2, second place, Christine Dunkle and Dagney C. Ernest for The Courier-Gazette.

Front Page Design, Weekly 1, first place, John Cross and Daniel Dunkle for The Camden Herald.

Front Page Design, Weekly 2, first place, Debbie Post and Daniel Dunkle for The Courier-Gazette.

Front Page Design, Weekly 2, second place, Christine Dunkle, The Republican Journal.

Local Ad, Weekly 1, first place, Heidi Anderson-Belcher and Jody McKee, The Camden Herald.

Supplement/Special Section, Weekly 1, second place, Christine Dunkle and Design and Sales Staff, The Camden Herald.

Supplement/Special Section, Weekly 2, third place, Debbie Post, Christine Dunkle and Design and Sales staff for The Republican Journal.

Best Supplement Cover, Weekly 1, first place, Christine Dunkle, The Camden Herald.

Best Supplement Cover, Weekly 2, first place, Christine Dunkle, The Courier-Gazette.

Self-Promotion, Weekly 1, second place, News, Sales and Design staff, The Camden Herald for the 150th Anniversary of The Camden Herald.

Features/Lifestyle Video, Weekly, first place, Daniel Dunkle and Tyler Southard, The Courier-Gazette, for Island Zero story.

Special Online Project, Weekly, first place, Staff, The Courier-Gazette, Political Candidate Video Interviews.

Best Digital Ad Campaign, Weekly, first and third place, Christine Dunkle.

News Story, Weekly 1, third place, Daniel Dunkle

News Story, Weekly 2, third place, Alice McFadden

Spot News Story, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle

Political Story, Weekly 2, first place, Ethan Andrews

Courts Story, Weekly 1, second place, Stephen Betts

Investigative Report, Weekly 1, first place, Stephen Betts.

Investigative Report, Weekly 2, third place, Stephen Betts

Analysis, Weekly 1, first place, Susan Mustapich

Analysis, Weekly 2, second place, Stephen Betts

Continuing Story, Weekly 2, second place, Stephen Betts and Beth A. Birmingham.

Arts/Lifestyle Feature, Weekly 2, first place Dagney C. Ernest

Feature Story, Weekly 2, second place, Fran Gonzalez

Religion/Spirituality, Weekly 2, first place, Daniel Dunkle

Local Columnist, Weekly 2, first place, Kris Ferrazza

Local Columnist, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle

News Headline, Weekly 2, first place, Stephen Betts for "Lobster Festival Board takes heat from steamed public."

Editorial, Weekly 1, first place, Daniel Dunkle, The Camden Herald

Editorial, Weekly 2, second place, Daniel Dunkle, The Courier-Gazette

Opinion Columnist, Weekly 1, second place, Pearl Benjamin, The Camden Herald.

Opinion Columnist, Weekly 2, first place, Doc Wallace (Another View), The Courier-Gazette

Opinion Columnist, Weekly 2, second place, Reade Brower.

Outdoors Story, Weekly 2, first place, Fran Gonzalez, The Republican Journal

Environmental Story, Weekly 2, first place, Ethan Andrews, The Republican Journal

Business Story, Weekly 1, second place, John Maguire, The Camden Herald

Health Story, Weekly 1, third place, Daniel Dunkle

Health Story, Weekly 2, second place, Beth Birmingham

Dave Libby receives award
Dave Libby receives advertising award. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
David Libby
Comments (2)
Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | Oct 22, 2019 13:37

Awesome

I'm so privileged to have Dave as my friend, classmate and teammate. Congratulations!



Posted by: Donald Burr | Oct 22, 2019 10:55

I'm cryin' over here, watching this video.  I hold such pride for the accomplishments of my cousin, Dave.  Congratulations!



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