Recently, more than 100 community newspapers from around the country gathered together in Las Vegas for the annual Association of Free Community Publications (AFCP) industry conference and “Best of the Best” Awards Show.

The Arcadia News came home with a whopping 23 awards, including First Place in General Excellence, which is the top honor a community publication can receive. The Arcadia News has won, placed or showed in the General Excellence category in nine out of the last ten years.

Since the paper received its first recognition in 2009, Arcadia News has won more than 160 awards from industry organizations such as the Arizona Press Club, Independent Free Papers of America and AFCP. Some of the categories that the paper repeatedly excels in include: Best Front Page, Best Original Writing, Best Photography and Best Layout/Design.

Below are a few of the honors your community paper received:

2019 AFCP “Best of the Best” AWARDS

*FIRST PLACE - General Excellence Overall *

(Monthly newspaper with minimum 26% editorial)


Best front page – newsprint

Banner or nameplate – December

Banner or nameplate – January

Banner or nameplate – July

Feature article layout

Special Section – separate

Fitness/Fashion/Beauty ad

Auto sales/service ad

Food/drink ad

Medical/Health and Wellness ad

Events ad

Best agency ad

Best editorial photo – feature article


Self-promotion – Contests, Camp Guide

Community service – Teachers We Love

Best ad series – Art One

Best original writing – Sports Article

Best Agency Ad

Best website – Desktop

Best website – Mobile

Best online presentation of multimedia

Best online presentation of news


Feature article layout – Football Preview


Rate card/Media kit