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THE BEE has been here since 1906, and has always striven to be the best. A new statewide award says that, this year, it was

COURTESY ONPA - The ONPA awards this year were presented online; the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic precluded presenting a live conference - so here is the screenshot that announced the award presented to THE BEE."ONPA" is the acronym for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and most Oregon publications – in print, and online – are members. Daily and weekly newspapers are regular members; THE BEE, as a monthly, is an "Associate Member".

Once a year, awards are presented in many aspects of publishing – and, for Associate Members, there are a few awards also. In September, for the first time, THE BEE was chosen as top winner in the "General Excellence" category for Associate Members. We are very pleased and humbled by this recognition. Although the editor's name is mentioned with the award, we must make it very clear that everyone associated with the newspaper is embraced in this honor – particularly the freelance correspondents who submit most of our content – and our publisher, and our graphic designer. So, the credits: Correspondents David F. Ashton, Rita A. Leonard, Elizabeth Ussher Groff, and Paige Wallace; and our two "Southeast History" contributors, Eileen G. Fitzsimons and Dana Beck. Our Publisher is Brian Monihan; our graphic designer is Molly Filler. Assisting the editor with advertising sales is Sandy Hubbard.

THE BEE is the second oldest regional neighborhood newspaper, having begun in 1906; for the last two decades the paper has been owned by Pamplin Media's group of Oregon publications, and Eric Norberg has been editor. It is not widely known that THE BEE has the second largest circulation of any Pamplin publication – 45,000 readers a month – exceeded only by the company's flagship, the Portland Tribune, which has far more. And THE BEE mails more issues than any of them. THE BEE is the dominant and most cost-effective advertising medium concentrating entirely on Inner Southeast Portland. THE BEE was the first newspaper in our group to begin a website version of a newspaper, and today has the distinction of offering two differently-presented but fully up-to-date websites – the newer company-provided site, www.TheBeeNews.com; and the original website, which readers tell us is easier to access and to read on wireless phones – www.ReadTheBee.com. You have your choice of which to read.

We are proud of this honor, and it motivates us to redouble our efforts to keep you completely informed on what happens right here, in Inner Southeast. But it is your honor too, since if you weren't reading THE BEE, and responding to our advertisers, the paper could not exist as a free service for this part of town. So congratulations, and thank you!


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