Gazette, Edible Vineyard Announce Sales Partnership

Edible Vineyard, a quarterly magazine that celebrates the Island’s food scene, and the Vineyard Gazette Media Group have entered into a sales and marketing agreement, their publishers announced this week.

Gazette Names Managing Editor, Digital Director

Two key promotions were announced this week for the Vineyard Gazette editorial staff by the newspaper’s publisher Jane Seagrave. Bill Eville has been named managing editor of the 166-year-old community weekly. And Gazette news editor Vanessa Czarnecki has been promoted to news editor and director of digital content. Mr. Eville has worked at the Gazette since 2010, when he was hired as arts and features editor. He has been reading the Gazette since he learned to read. One of his chores as a boy was to walk up Circuit avenue to get the mail, in particular the Gazette.

Gazette Wins Top Prize at New England Newspaper Competition

The Vineyard Gazette won 24 awards in the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, including the top prize of General Excellence and 13 other first-place awards for excellence in journalism.

“A delight to read. The very traditional look sets this paper apart. Kudos to all for staying with what had worked for decades,” judges wrote.

If These Walls Could Talk, They'd Tell Tales from Old Gazette Articles

Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and Cy Young made headlines 150 years ago, and last week those headlines were uncovered when the shingles came off the front of the Littlefield house in West Tisbury.

Newspapers dating to the mid 19th century were discovered on the State Road home by Island builder Tucker Hubbell when he and his crew removed the front porch of the house for a renovation project. Mr. Hubbell estimated the last time the 1844 house had been shingled was around 1910, when newspapers were commonly used to help insulate and prevent wind from blowing through the walls.

Gazette Reports Circulation

The Vineyard Gazette’s total print circulation remained flat this year, as traffic to its website continued double digit growth.

Total average circulation for the Gazette over the past 12 months was 8,903, compared with 8,823 for the same period last year. Paid circulation was 8,472 compared with 8,569 in 2011, a 1.1 per cent decline.

Vineyard Gazette Wins Newspaper of Year Honors at New England Press Convention

The Vineyard Gazette was named Weekly Newspaper of the Year for 2001, the highest honor given to weekly newspapers by the New England Press Association (NEPA). Also known as the George A. Speers Award, the coveted honor is given out to just three newspapers each year: one small daily, one weekly, and one alternative weekly. The Gazette has won the award six times since 1990.

Vineyard Gazette is Sold to Island Philanthropists

The Vineyard Gazette, the family-owned weekly newspaper that has been a prominent, much-decorated and enduring chronicle of Island life for 164 years, will be sold to new owners, the newspaper’s publisher Richard Reston announced today.

The buyers are Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg, longtime seasonal residents of the Island who live in and operate businesses from Mount Kisco, N.Y. The Kohlbergs have been quiet philanthropists on the Vineyard for many decades, especially in the areas of conservation and education.

Court Dismisses Libel Claim Against Gazette, Boston Globe

A superior court judge has dismissed a political operative’s lawsuit claiming he was libeled by news stories in the Vineyard Gazette and The Boston Globe over his behavior, including his arrest, on the Island during the run-up to the 2008 presidential campaign.

Free Volunteer Ads For Nonprofits in Gazette

Nonprofit organizations on the Vineyard looking for volunteer help can now advertise their openings for free in the Vineyard Gazette.

This week the Gazette is introducing a new classified advertising category called Volunteer Opportunities, which will appear in both the print edition of the newspaper and online at mvgazette.com. Any tax-exempt charitable or arts organization wishing to advertise for unpaid help may do so without charge, said Jane Seagrave, publisher of the Gazette.

Gazette Wins Top Prizes, Cited for Excellence in Journalism

The Vineyard Gazette won 27 awards in the annual New England Better Newspaper Contest this year, including general excellence, the top prize awarded in the winter contest for small newspapers for 2011. “An outstanding, fascinating weekly newspaper. Superb newspaper writing. It should be studied in journalism classes on community newspapers,” judges wrote.

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