About the New England First Amendment Award

The New England First Amendment Award honors the association’s record of leadership on First Amendment issues. The award is presented to a New England newspaper for the exceptional quality of its reporting, editorials, commentary or legal challenges that illuminate or uphold the First Amendment or educate the public about it.

Entrants are judged for the quality of reporting, editorials, commentary and/or legal challenges that illuminate or uphold the First Amendment. NENPA member newspapers, regardless of circulation size and frequency of publication, are invited to enter.

Entries for the 2019 award must have been published between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. There is a fee of $99 per entry.

The deadline to submit entries for 2019 has past. For more information please contact Christine Panek at c.panek@nenpa.com.

The 2019 winner will be honored at the New England Newspaper Conference, which will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the AC Hotel Marriott, in Worcester, MA.

Seven Days

Burlington, VT

Advocacy for passage of Vermont media shield law

Sun Journal

Lewiston, ME

Fight to retain access to dismissed court files

The Republican

Springfield, MA

Port in a Storm Series

The Telegraph

Nahua, NH

Sunshine Week/Open Government Project

The MetroWest Daily News

Framingham, MA

Ongoing coverage/investigation of Ashland, Mass. police
by Laura Krantz


Waterbury, CT

“Forcing Transparency in the Torrington Police Department”
by Kevin Litten

Rutland Herald

Rutland, VT

“Police pornography cover-up”
by Brent Curtis