Weekly Dig Wins Prestigious Best Alternative Newspaper Design Award

In Only Its Second Year of NEPA Membership, Dig Doubles Take; Eight Awards Expected in 2007

BOSTON, MA (February 14, 2006) — The staff of Boston’s Weekly Dig, the area’s fastest growing, best-loved and (most importantly) best-looking alternative weekly, doubled its previous year’s New England Press Association awards haul by winning two first-place awards and two second-place awards, in only their second year as members of NEPA.

The first-place awards were for the extremely sought-after “Newspaper Design, Alternative Weekly” category and the venerable “Transportation/Commuter Reporting, Alternative Weekly” category, besting literally everyone in New England.

The second-place awards were for two other categories.

NEPA took time away from being absolutely blown away by the entries to provide the following grammatically inventive analyses:

Newspaper Design
Alternative Weekly – First Place
Boston’s Weekly Dig, Boston, MA
The Dig is an eclectic mix of content, style, and presentation. Very ordered with a clear structure, the constant use of white space throughout opens up what would otherwise be dull greay [sic] pages. Good illustrations in this issue.

Transportation/Commuter Reporting
Alternative Weekly – First Place
Paul McMorrow, Boston’s Weekly Dig, Boston, MA
With the new MBTA general manager set to step in as a replacement to one who is leaving for private industry, reporter Paul McMorrow uses humor, sarcasm and a rapier sharp pen (OK, keyboard) to write about the transition and the future of greater Boston’s transportation system, the MBTA. McMorrow adroitly paints a picture of a system so beleaguered, so financially unstable that it would take a miracle to fix.

Arts & Entertainment Section
Weekly Class – Second Place
Boston’s Weekly Dig, Boston, MA
Wow. These guys don’t like anything. And that’s exactly the quality that allows the publication to have a strong voice and to communicate concisely and clearly. Good job in limited space for stories and listings.

Coverage of a Racial or Ethnic Issue
Alternative Weekly – Second Place
Paul McMorrow, Boston’s Weekly Dig, Boston, MA
Paul’s piece tackles a key community issue comprehensively and clearly.

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