About the New England Better Newspaper Competition

It takes highly skilled, passionate and determined individuals to produce high quality publications. Each year the New England Newspaper & Press Association recognizes the achievements of the very best newspaper professionals in New England in the Better Newspaper Competition.

The Better Newspaper Competition is the largest and most comprehensive journalism recognition program in New England.

NENPA member newspapers in good standing from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont enter the competition each year.

Work published between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 is eligible to be submitted in the competition.

The deadline for entries in the New England Better Newspaper Competition has been extended to: Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • We extended the deadline to allow additional time to gather your entries because of office protocols in place due to COVID-19, as well as the timelines coinciding with the recent election
  • Contest participants should submit links and pdfs of their best work. Please note that judges prefer pdfs over links, so we encourage you to use pdfs whenever possible.
  • However, this year we have made some changes to this recommendation and if you can not access the PDF’s of your submissions we will accept links or PDF’s of your entries generated from the website version of the same story.
  • General excellence and niche products may be submitted as hard copies and mailed to the NENPA office if pdf versions are not available.

The awards will be presented at the annual New England Newspaper Convention, which will be held in Spring 2021.

We encourage you to participate in this year’s Better Newspaper Competition to show off your best work, reward and recognize your staff, and share ideas so we can learn from each other!

When registering on the contest site please use the association code NENPA.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES FOR 2020 BETTER NEWSPAPER COMPETITION

The competition has two divisions: Editorial and Business-side, as indicated below:

    • Editorial/Multimedia/Photography: Entries accepted 83 competitive categories, including reporting in a variety of topic areas, columns, editorials, sections, design, photos, videos, slideshows, mobile apps, and the use of social media. – Download Editorial Categories & Rules
    • Advertising/Circulation/Promotion: Entries accepted in 37 competitive categories that will recognize excellent advertising, marketing, promotion, revenue and audience-building initiatives. – Download Advertising Categories & Rules

For further information please contact Linda Conway at l.conway@nenpa.com.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners!

* Download 2019 Awards Booklets *
       (presented in February 2020)

CONTEST TIMELINE

October 2020
Start submitting your entries in the Better Newspaper Competition.

November 2020 
Entries close in the Better Newspaper Competition Friday, November 20, 2020.

December 2020
Entries are judged by experts from around the country.

January 2021
Winners are notified.

Spring 2021
Advertising and Editorial Awards are announced during the New England Newspaper Convention which will be held in Spring 2021.

Presented in February 2020
General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA
Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA

Weekly Newspapers
Mount Desert Islander, Bar Harbor, ME
Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Specialty Publications
VT Ski + Ride, Middlebury, VT

Advertising General Excellence

Weekly Newspapers
The Vermont Standard, Woodstock, VT (circ less than 6,000)

Specialty Newspaper
Providence Business News, Providence, RI

Reporter of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Erin Tiernan, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

Weekly Newspapers
Rich Saltzberg, The Martha’s Vineyard Times, Vineyard Haven, MA

Photojournalist of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Peter Pereira, The Standard-Times

Weekly Newspapers
David Sokol, GateHouse Media New England

Rookie of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Alex Putterman, Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT

Weekly Newspapers
Christopher Ross, Addison County Independent, Middlebury, VT

Innovator Award

Terrence Williams, Gina De Santis and Staff
Radically Rural,
The Keene Sentinel, Keene, NH

Best Overall Website

Vermont Standard, Woodstock, VT
MassLive.com, Springfield, MA

Website Interactivity & Engagement

Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT

Digital Strategy Excellence

Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Outstanding Newsletter

The Stowe Report, Kristen Braley and Hannah Normandeau
Stowe Reporter, Stowe, VT

Best Solutions Journalism Project

Finding Hope, Leah Willingham and Geoff Forester
Concord Monitor, Concord, NH

Excellence In Newsroom Collaboration And Partnerships

City of Immigrants – Grant Welker and Brad Kane
Worcester Business Journal, Worcester, MA

* Download Awards Booklets *
Presented in February 2019
General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA
Republican-American, Waterbury, CT

Weekly Newspapers
Mount Desert Islander, Bar Harbor, ME
Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Specialty Publications
Providence Business News, Providence, RI

Niche Publications
Fiddlehead, Keene Sentinel, Keene, NH

Advertising General Excellence

Weekly Newspapers
The Vermont Standard, Woodstock, VT (circ less than 6,000)
Addison County Independent, Middlebury, VT (circ 6,000+)

Specialty Newspaper
Northeast Equestrian Life, Keene Sentinel, Keene, NH

Reporter of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Doug Fraser, Cape Cod times, Hyannis, MA

Weekly Newspapers
Andrew Martin, The Stowe Reporter, Stowe, VT

Photographer of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Peter Pereira, The Standard-Times

Weekly Newspapers
David Sokol, GateHouse Media New England

Rookie of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Leah Willingham,Concord Monitor

Weekly Newspapers
Miranda Willson, Medford Transcript

Innovator Award

Keene Sentinel, Keene, NH

Website Design

Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Website Interactivity & Engagement

Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA

Digital Strategy Excellence

Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

? Download Awards Booklets ?
Presented in February 2018
General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
Republican-American Waterbury, CT
Concord Monitor Concord, NH

Weekly Newspapers
The Martha’s Vineyard Times Vineyard Haven, MA
Mount Desert Islander Bar Harbor, ME

Specialty Publications
Providence Business News Providence, RI

Advertising General Excellence

Weekly Newspapers
Vermont Standard Woodstock, VT

Specialty Newspaper
Fiddlehead (published by Keene Sentinel) Keene, NH

Reporter of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Neal Simpson The Patriot Ledger

Weekly Newspapers
Dan Mac Alpine Ipswich Chronicle

Photographer of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Peter Pereira The Standard-Times

Weekly Newspapers
David Sokol GateHouse Media New England

Rookie of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Aimee Chiavaroli The Standard-Times

Weekly Newspapers
Hadley Barndollar The Exeter News-Letter

Innovator Award

Vineyard Gazette Edgartown, MA

Top Newspaper Websites

Daily Newspapers
Keene Sentinel Keene, NH

Weekly Newspapers
Seven Days Burlington, VT

Specialty Publications
Providence Business News Providence, RI

? Download Awards Booklets ?
Presented in February 2017
General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
The MetroWest Daily News Framingham, MA
Republican-American Waterbury, CT

Weekly Newspapers
Seven Days Burlington, VT
Mount Desert Islander Bar Harbor, ME

Specialty Newspaper
Boston Business News Boston, MA

Advertising General Excellence

Weekly Newspapers
Vermont Standard Woodstock, VT

Specialty Newspaper
Bay State Parent Millbury, MA

Reporter of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Doug Fraser Cape Cod Times

Weekly Newspapers
Walter Bird Jr. Worcester Magazine

Photographer of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Merrily Cassidy Cape Cod Times

Weekly Newspapers
Robin Chan Hingham Journal

Rookie of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Elaine Ezerins St. Albans Messenger

Weekly Newspapers
Kymelya Sari Seven Days (Burlington, VT)

Innovator Award

Combined
Peter Huoppi, Casey O’Neill, Keith O’Brien & Mike DiMauro – The Day (New London, CT)

Top Newspaper Websites

Daily Newspapers
Mike Effland & Staff – Telegram & Gazette Worcester, MA

Weekly Newspapers
Seven Days Burlington, VT

Specialty Publications
Rick Mello, Tara Kenny & Kelsey Perrett – Martha’s Vineyard Times (www.vineyardvisitor.com) Vineyard Haven, MA

Presented in February 2016
General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
The MetroWest Daily News Framingham, MA
The Patriot Ledger Quincy, MA

Weekly Newspapers
Addison County Independent Middlebury, VT
Stowe Reporter Stowe, VT

Specialty Newspaper
Worcester Magazine Worcester, MA

Advertising General Excellence

Weekly Newspapers
Vermont Standard Woodstock, VT

Specialty Newspaper
BayStateParent Millbury, MA

Reporter of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Doug Fraser Cape Cod Times

Weekly Newspapers
Walter Bird Jr. Worcester Magazine

Photographer of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Peter Pereira The Standard-Times

Weekly Newspapers
Steven King Worcester Magazine

Rookie of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Elodie Reed St. Albans Messenger (St. Albans, VT)

Weekly Newspapers
Wendy M. Levy The Commons (Windham County, VT)

Innovator Award

Daily Newspapers
Terrence Williams Keene Sentinel (Keene, NH)

Weekly Newspapers
Tom Dunlop Vineyard Gazette (Edgartown, MA)

Top Newspaper Websites

Daily Newspapers
Telegram & Gazette Worcester, MA

Weekly Newspapers
Addison County Independent Middlebury, VT

Presented in February 2015
General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
Cape Cod Times Hyannis, MA
The Telegraph Nashua, NH

Weekly Newspapers
The Ellsworth American. Ellsworth, ME
The Vermont Standard Woodstock, VT

Specialty Newspaper
Providence Business News Providence, RI

Advertising General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
St. Albans Messenger St. Albans, VT

Weekly Newspapers
The Inquirer and Mirror Nantucket, MA

Specialty Newspaper
Bay State Parent Millbury, MA

Reporter of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Susan Spencer Telegram & Gazette

Weekly Newspapers
David DesRoches The Darien Times

Photographer of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Peter Pereira The Standard-Times

Weekly Newspapers
Steven King Worcester Magazine

Rookie of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Joe Markman The Enterprise

Weekly Newspapers
Jordan Mayblum Wellesley Townsman

Innovator Award

Daily Newspapers
Michael Dooling Republican-American

Weekly Newspapers
Vineyard Gazette Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Specialty Newspapers
AAA Horizons Providence, RI

Top Newspaper Websites

Daily Newspapers
Telegram & Gazette Worcester, MA

Weekly Newspapers
Vineyard Gazette Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Boothbay Register Boothbay Hardbor, ME

Download Awards Booklets
Presented in February 2014
General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
Cape Cod Times Hyannis, MA
Valley News West Lebanon, NH

Weekly Newspapers
The Ridgefield Press Ridgefield, CT
The Vermont Standard Woodstock, VT

Specialty Newspaper
The Catholic Transcript Hartford, CT

Advertising General Excellence

Daily Newspapers
St. Albans Messenger St. Albans, VT

Weekly Newspapers
Vineyard Gazette Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Specialty Newspaper
The Catholic Transcript Hartford, CT

Reporter of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Rick Foster The Sun Chronicle

Weekly Newspapers
David DesRoches The Darien Times

Photographer of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Ken McGagh The MetroWest Daily News

Weekly Newspapers
Shannon Hicks The Newtown Bee

Rookie of the Year

Daily Newspapers
Ariel Wittenberg The Standard-Times

Weekly Newspapers
Steve Coulter The Ridgefield Press

Digital Strategy Excellence

Vineyard Gazette Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Innovator Award

The Day New London, CT

Top Newspaper Websites

Daily Newspapers
The Telegraph Nashua, NH

Weekly Newspapers
Vineyard Gazette Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Download Awards Booklets

Join us for the Better Newspaper Competition Celebrations at the 2017 New England Newspaper Conference on February 24-25.

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