About the New England Better Newspaper Competition

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

This is the largest and most comprehensive journalism recognition program in the region — NENPA member newspapers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are invited to enter. Work published by daily, weekly and specialty newspapers is eligible for this competition.

    The competition includes three divisions…
  • Editorial/Multimedia/Photography: Entries accepted in over 75 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.
  • Advertising/Circulation/Promotion: Entries accepted in over 35 competitive categories that will recognize excellent revenue and audience building initiatives, including the Ad Salesperson of the Year.
  • Specialty/Niche Publications: Entries accepted in over 45 competitive categories for biweekly, monthly and specialty topic newspapers that recognize outstanding work in all facets of a newspaper’s journalism and marketing activities.

There is a separate packet of information for each division with specific rules that you can refer to when preparing your entries.

The awards are presented at the February New England Newspaper Convention held in Boston each year.

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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