The Early Bird earns award for The Gathering edition

GREENVILLE – The Early Bird is an Inland Press award winner for 2014. The weekly hometown community newspaper earned second place for its 2013 The Gathering at Garst special edition.

Newspapers from across the country were invited to submit entries for the new business they developed over the past year. The contest celebrates original ideas and initiatives that grow revenue from new or legacy sources. Not only is the entry judged on the revenue it creates, but also on design and creativity. According to Inland Press, only the best, most creative, most profitable ideas and products are recognized.

Keith Foutz, publisher, stated, “We are extremely honored and pleased to once again receive recognition from our newspaper peers in this national contest sponsored by The Inland Press organization.”

He continued, “It is especially gratifying considering the level of competition consisting of newspapers of varying sizes, most with substantially far greater resources available.” The Early Bird submitted its entry in the Arts/Entertainment category and competed against newspapers with a circulation of 10,000-49,999.

Foutz praised his staff for their dedication to the award winning newspaper, “The credit for our on-going success in being recognized by both Editor and Publisher, (the national trade publication of newspapers) and now The Inland Press organization goes entirely to our dedicated team who we are exceptionally proud of for their creativity and work ethic.  They are undoubtedly our most valuable assets who take pride in what they do and the product they each help to produce.”

Managing Editor Ryan Berry added, “Not only is this a reflection on The Early Bird, but also The Gathering at Garst committee. We worked hand-in-hand with the organization to develop a top-notch product. I’m proud of the work the editorial, production and sales teams did to make this an award winning tabloid.”

“As both The Early Bird and Bluebagmedia continue to grow and expand, we look forward to continuing to be your locally owned and operated newspaper of choice for Darke and surrounding counties,” said Foutz.

The award will be presented Aug. 8 during Inland Press’ New Business Development Conference.

Inland was founded in 1885 by a small group of Midwestern publishers. It has approximately 1,200 member newspapers that come from all 50 states, Canada and Bermuda. Family-owned and community newspapers are especially active members in Inland, but participants include some of America’s largest metro dailies as well.

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