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.

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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.

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Vineyard Gazette Launches New Web Site Today; Complete Electronic Edition Online

The Vineyard Gazette announces the launch of a new Web site today. The newspaper’s Web site has been redesigned and reconfigured, and beginning today the site will feature all the editorial content that appears in the Gazette print edition, from front page stories to town columns to letters to the editor.

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Gazette Takes Home Twelve Awards

The Vineyard Gazette won 12 awards in the annual New England Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest this year, including six first place awards that recognized the 163-year-old weekly newspaper for excellence in journalism across the spectrum from advertising to editorial.

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A Different Kind of Investment: Quiet Financier Reveals Reasons
Lauren Martin

Sporting a baseball cap still, the 85-year-old guy recalled the progression of his fielding positions over five decades of summer games on the Chilmark diamond.

“I played third up until I got too old, then I went to short, then to second as my arm gave out, but that took 50 years,” he says.

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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.
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Thoughts at the End of a Journey
Richard Reston
It was thirty-five years ago that I wrote my first editorial for the Vineyard Gazette, an editorial so important that today no one remembers the message. The thoughts behind that editorial essay were of no particular significance, except perhaps to mark the beginning of a journalistic journey through a profoundly important period of Martha’s Vineyard history.
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Court Dismisses Libel Claim Against Gazette, Boston Globe
John H. Kennedy

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.

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Most Popular Stories of 2011 on Martha's Vineyard

The following are the most popular stories on the Vineyard Gazette's website from 2011, based on page views.

1. Blue Heron Farm, Chilmark estate rented by the Obama family for three summer vacations, is purhcased for $21.9 million by Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster of Great Britain. (Renowned British Architect, Arts Publisher Acquire Blue Heron Farm for $21.9 Million, Dec. 2, 2011.)

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Menemsha Fire Coverage Earns Gazette Top Award

The Vineyard Gazette’s coverage of the Menemsha fire earned the newspaper a Publick Occurrences Award this week from the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

The award, which honors outstanding journalism, was announced Thursday at NENPA’s fall conference in Natick. About 150 publishers, editors and reporters from throughout New England attended the awards ceremony. Gazette publisher Jane Seagrave accepted the award on behalf of the Gazette’s news staff.

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