Strategies to acquire and retain digital subscribers, the issue of “fake news”, a window into what it’s like to cover the Trump White House, and a celebration of extraordinary journalist’s … the 2018 New England Newspaper Conference was inspiring and insightful.

Thank you to the speakers and panelists for tackling some tough and relevant topics in our industry today. And thank you to those that came out to listen, share and celebrate.

Check out some photos from the event and congratulations to all the winners!

2018 New England Newspaper of the Year

The New England Newspaper of the Year award recognizes the region’s highest quality newspapers based on experts’ and readers’ impression of the quality of their reporting and writing, use of photos, design and presentation, online offering, and overall utility and value (categorized by circulation level).

Weekly Community Newspapers

Circulation less than 5,000:
Provincetown Banner (MA)
Distinguished Newspapers – Marshfield (MA) Mariner; Milton (MA) Times

Circulation 5,000-10,000:
The Source, Madison (CT)
Distinguished Newspapers – Vineyard Gazette, Edgartown (MA); The Ellsworth (ME) American

Circulation 10,000+:
Martha’s Vineyard Times, Vineyard Haven, MA
Distinguished Newspaper – Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Specialty Publications

Providence Business News, (RI)
Distinguished Newspaper – UpCountry Magazine; The Berkshires of Massachusetts and So. Vermont; Worcester (MA) Magazine

Weekday Newspapers

Circulation less than 8,000:
The Chronicle, Willimantic, CT
Distinguished Newspapers – The Milford (MA) Daily News; The New Britain (CT) Herald

Circulation 8,000-14,000:
Concord Monitor (NH)
Distinguished Newspapers – The Herald News, Fall River, MA; The MetroWest Daily News,
Framingham, MA

Weekday Newspapers, continued

Circulation 14,000-25,000:
The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA
Distinguished Newspapers – Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME; The Day, New London, CT

Circulation 25,000-35,000:
The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
Distinguished Newspapers – Republican-American, Waterbury, CT; Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA

Circulation 35,000+:
Hartford Courant (CT)
Distinguished Newspapers – The Providence (RI) Journal; The Republican, Springfield, MA

Sunday Newspapers

Circulation less than 18,000:
The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, MA
Distinguished Newspapers – Sunday Valley News, West Lebanon, NH; Sunday Monitor, Concord, NH; The MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

Circulation 18,000-30,000:
The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA
Distinguished Newspapers – The Eagle-Tribune, N. Andover, MA
Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME

Circulation 30,000-45,000:
Sunday Telegram, Worcester, MA
Distinguished Newspapers – Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA; New Hampshire Union Leader
and Sunday News, Manchester, NH

Circulation 45,000+:
The Republican, Springfield, MA
Distinguished Newspaper – Providence (RI) Sunday Journal

2018 Publick Occurrences Awards

In recognition of New England’s most outstanding journalism in 2018

The Publick Occurrences Award was established in 1990 to recognize individual and team merit at New England newspapers to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of Publick Occurrences, the first newspaper published in America. Four days after it appeared in Boston in 1690, Publick Occurrences was suppressed by the royal governor.

“Inhuman Trade” Marshfield Mariner

“Lisa Ziegert Murder Case” The Republican

“Path to Extinction” Cape Cod Times

“Berkshire Museum Sells Art” The Berkshire Eagle

“A New Durfee” The Herald News

“Highway in the Sky” The Patriot Ledger

“Elder Abuse: Shame on Us” The Daily Item

“Sick Bridges” The Berkshire Eagle

“Rising Waters” Providence Business News

“Bay State’s Blues” The Eagle-Tribune

2018 Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award

The Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award recognizes the best editorial on a local subject in New England

Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, MA
DA Early and the Bibaud probe by Anthony Simollardes

2018 New England First Amendment Award

The New England First Amendment Award recognizes exceptional work in illuminating and upholding the rights and freedoms of the First Amendment

The Providence Journal, Providence, RI
“Fighting for access to jurors”

AP Sevellon Brown New England Journalist of the Year

Karen Florin
The Day, New London, CT

The AP Sevellon Brown New England Journalist of the Year is bestowed by the New England Society of News Editors, and it recognizes an individual for producing journalism of distinction in New England this past year. The award is named in honor of Sevellon Brown, the late editor and publisher of The Providence Journal-Bulletin, founder of the American Press Institute, fellow of the Academy of New England Journalists, and past president and founder of New England Associated Press News Editors Association (NEAPNEA).

Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award

Paul Leighton
The Salem News (MA)

The Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award recognizes an individual who has an exceptional record of commitment to community journalism. It celebrates the accomplishments of someone who, over a sustained period of time, has faithfully served the community for which they are responsible and has played an active, constructive role in contributing to its quality of life.