About the New England Newspaper of the Year Competition

Each year the New England Newspaper and Press Association identifies our region’s best daily, weekly and specialty newspapers, and recognizes them with the prestigious “New England Newspaper of the Year” award. Winners are named in a range of circulation categories.

This one-of-a-kind competition is the only distinction of its kind in the newspaper industry that is judged by audience members. New England newspaper readers are appointed to evaluate the entries from a news consumer point of view and decide which deserve the honor of being named Newspaper of the Year.

All newspapers in the contest not only have a chance to be chosen for the award, but they also receive feedback from newspaper readers about the strengths and weaknesses of their print and digital publications and how their paper stacks up compared to similar-size papers in our region.

Each editor that enters receives a summary scorecard with the reader judges’ ratings across a range of attributes that are typically associated with quality newspapers and written verbatim comments.

Readers evaluate each paper’s relative strengths and weaknesses, including:

  • quality of reporting and writing
  • use of photos
  • design and presentation
  • digital offering
  • overall utility and value
  • General impressions, such as: Does the newspaper inform, educate, entertain, inspire, motivate, lead? Does it reflect and care about the community it serves? Does it put the interests of the reader first? Is it unique or special in some way?

NENPA member newspapers are invited to enter in four categories as described below (weekday, Sunday, weekly, specialty). Newspapers are assigned to a competitive division within their category after all entries are received (i.e., small, medium and large weeklies, small, medium and large dailies, small, medium and large Sunday/weekend publications.)
To be considered, editors simply fill out an entry form and submit sample copies along with an entry fee.

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

Weekday newspapers

Please submit three copies each of two weekday editions. One edition must be from the week of Monday, March 25 2019 to Saturday, March 30, 2019. The second can be from any weekday between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Sunday newspapers

Please submit three copies each of two Sunday editions. One must be your Sunday, March 31, 2019 edition. The second can be any Sunday edition between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Newspapers with no Sunday edition may submit their Saturday Weekender edition.

Weekly community newspapers

Please submit three copies each of two editions. One edition must be from the month of March 2019 and the other from any week during the contest year of June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019.

Specialty newspapers

Please submit three copies each of two editions. One must be from the month of March 2019 and the other from any point during the contest year of June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019.

Questions? Please contact Christine Panek at c.panek@nenpa.com.

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

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

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

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 Newspapers

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

Weekday Newspapers

Daily News of Newburyport
Newbury, MA

Daily Hampshire Gazette
Northampton, MA

The Day
New London, CT

The Patriot Ledger
Quincy, MA

Hartford Courant
Hartford, CT

Sunday Newspapers

Sunday Monitor
Concord, NH

Sunday Eagle-Tribune
North Andover, MA

Sunday Republican-American
Waterbury, CT

Hartford Courant
Hartford, CT

Weekly Newspapers

Mount Desert Islander
Bar Harbor, ME

Provincetown Banner
Provincetown, MA

Martha’s Vineyard Times
Vineyard Haven, MA

Specialty Newspapers

Upcountry Magazine
Pittsfield, MA

Weekday Newspapers

Circulation less than 10,000:
Gloucester Daily Times (MA)
Distinguished Newspapers – Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette; The Westerly (RI) Sun

Circulation 10,000-15,000:
The MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Distinguished Newspaper – The Recorder, Greenfield, MA; Circulation 15,000-20,000:

The Standard-Times, New Bedford, MA
Distinguished Newspaper – Burlington (VT) Free Press

Circulation 20,000-35,000:
The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
Distinguished Newspapers – The Day, New London, CT; Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME

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

Sunday Newspapers

Circulation less than 20,000:
Sunday Valley News,Lebanon, NH
Distinguished Newspapers – The MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
Weekend Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA

Circulation 20,000-30,000:
Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME
Distinguished Newspaper – Sunday Eagle-Tribune, N. Andover, MA

Circulation 30,000-45,000:
The Sunday Republican, Waterbury, CT
Distinguished Newspaper – Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA

Circulation 45,000+:
Sunday Telegram, Worcester, MA
Distinguished Newspaper – Hartford (CT) Courant

Weekly Newspapers

Circulation less than 3,500:
The Vermont Standard, Woodstock, VT
Distinguished Newspaper – The Foxboro (MA) Reporter; The Block Island (RI) Times

Circulation 3,500-8,000:
Andover Townsman (MA)
Distinguished Newspapers – Mount Desert Islander, Bar Harbor, ME; The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, MA

Circulation 8,000+:
The Ellsworth American (ME)
Distinguished Newspaper – Vineyard Gazette (MA)

Specialty Newspapers

Worcester Magazine (MA)
Distinguished Newspapers – Providence Business News (RI); Banker & Tradesman, Boston, MA

Weekday Newspapers

The Republican
Springfield, MA

Republican-American
Waterbury, CT

The Day
New London, CT

Daily Hampshire Gazette
Northampton, MA

The Daily News
Newburyport, MA

Sunday Newspapers

The Republican
Springfield, MA

Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

The Day
New London, CT

Valley News
Lebanon, NH

Weekly Newspapers

The Ellsworth American.
Ellsworth, ME

The Inquirer and Mirror
Nantucket, MA

The Vermont Standard
Woodstock, VT

 

Specialty Newspapers

Worcester Magazine
Worcester, MA

Weekday Newspapers

The Republican
Springfield, MA

The Patriot Ledger
Quincy, MA

The Day
New London, CT

Valley News
Lebanon, NH

Portsmouth Herald
Portsmouth, NH

Sunday Newspapers

Sunday Telegram
Worcester, MA

Republican-American
Waterbury, CT

The MetroWest Daily News
Framingham, MA

Valley News
Lebanon, NH

Weekly Newspapers

The Ellsworth American.
Ellsworth, ME

The Vermont Standard
Woodstock, VT

North ° East Independent
North Kingstown / East Greenwich, RI

 

Specialty Newspapers

Providence Business News
Providence, RI

Weekday Newspapers

New Hampshire Union Leader
Manchester, NH

The Day
New London, CT

The Standard-Times
New Bedford, MA

Daily Hampshire Gazette
Northampton, MA

Gloucester Daily Times
Gloucester, MA

Sunday Newspapers

Sunday Telegram
Worcester, MA

Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

The MetroWest Daily News
Framingham, MA

The Telegraph
Nashua, NH

Weekly Newspapers

The Ellsworth American.
Ellsworth, ME

Marshfield Mariner
Marshfield, MA

North ° East Independent
North Kingstown / East Greenwich, RI

 

Specialty Newspapers

Providence Business News
Providence, RI

Weekday Newspapers

Bristol Press
Bristol, CT

The Recorder
Greenfield, MA

The MetroWest Daily News
Framingham, MA

The Standard-Times
New Bedford, MA

Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

Telegram & Gazette
Worcester, MA

Sunday Newspapers

Foster’s Sunday Citizen
Dover, NH

Record-Journal
Meriden, CT

The MetroWest Daily News
Framingham, MA

Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

The Republican
Springfield, MA

Weekly Newspapers

Wayland Town Crier
Wayland, MA

The Inquirer & Mirror
Nantucket, MA

The Ellsworth American
Ellsworth, ME

 

Specialty Newspapers

The Catholic Transcript
Bloomfield, CT

Weekday Newspapers

Sentinel & Enterprise
Fitchburg, MA

Concord Monitor
Concord, NH

The Day
New London, CT

Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

Telegram & Gazette
Worcester, MA

Sunday Newspapers

Foster’s Sunday Citizen
Dover, NH

Concord Monitor
Concord, NH

The MetroWest Daily News
Framingham, MA

Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

The Republican
Springfield, MA

The Sunday Telegram
Worcester, MA

Weekly Newspapers

The Narragansett Times
N. Kingstown, RI

The Inquirer and Mirror
Nantucket, MA

The Ellsworth American
Ellsworth, ME

 

Specialty Newspapers

Vermont Woman Newspaper
South Hero, VT

Alternative Weekly Newspapers

The Boston Phoenix
Boston, MA

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