About the Publick Occurrences Competition

This award recognizes the very best work that New England newspapers produce each year— whether it’s individual or team stories, series, spot news coverage, columns or photojournalism that ran in print and/or online. NENPA presents up to 16 Publick Occurrences awards to member newspapers annually. Up to eight Publick Occurrences awards are presented to daily newspapers, and up to eight will be presented to community weekly and specialty newspapers.

The 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.

The competition is open to all members of NENPA. Editors are invited to enter their paper’s best reporting and/or photojournalism from the past year. The award recognizes individual or team stories, series, spot news coverage, columns or photojournalism that ran in print and/or online. Editors should view this entry as their “very best work of the year”.

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 winners 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.

“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

Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME
“Caged in van No. 1304”

Keene (N.H). Sentinel:
“Sounding the Alarm” series

The Daily Item, Lynn, MA
“Am I a bigot?”

The Republican, Springfield, MA
“Springfield narcotics detective’s threats create chaos in the legal system”

The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
“Danger Zone: Pedestrian safety in Quincy”

The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass.
“Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art: Building 6 debuts”

The Providence (R.I.) Journal
“Pot & Profit”

Seven Days, Burlington, Vt.
“Death by Drugs”

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Boston “Behind the wall: Suicides in Massachusetts county jails”

The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass.
“The Digital Divide: Broadband in the Berkshires”

The Connecticut Health I-Team, New Haven, Conn.
“Desperate Choices: Giving Up Custody for Care”

The Hartford (Conn.) Courant
“Hartford schools: more separate, still unequal”

Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer
“Andy’s Journey: The Struggles Through ALS”

Concord (N.H.) Monitor
“Fatal Flaws: An Agency in Crisis”

Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Hallowell, ME
“Single Parents in Poverty: The Crisis No One Will Name”

Providence (R.I.) Business News
“The (Still) Looming Crisis”

Worcester (Mass.) Magazine
“Unresolved: A search for justice”

Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass.
“Under the Table”

Concord (N.H.) Monitor
“Unsilenced: Survivors speak out about sexual assault”

Hartford Courant
“Portraits of Addiction”

The Eye/New England Center for Investigative Reporting
“Out of the shadows”

Sentinel & Enterprise
“The Alphabet”

The Day
“I-95: Deadly, Overcrowded”

The Providence Journal
“Race in Rhode Island”

Daily Hampshire Gazette
“Letters from inside”

Sun Journal
“Benefit Bartering – Growing form of fraud: EBT cards to buy drugs”

Burlington Free Press
“DCF Employee slain in Barre”

The Republican
“Opioid Crisis: Justin Morin Story”

The Herald News
“Future of Fall River”

Hartford Courant
“Soccer Stadium Investigation”

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
“Lottery: Selling hope to the hopeless”

Vineyard Gazette
“Coastal ponds under pressure”

The Inquirer and Mirror
“Ethics, the Land Bank and a Public Trust”

Andover Townsman
“Opiate Crisis Hits Home”

The Republican
“War on Poverty Series”

Concord Monitor
“Homeless in Concord”

New England Center for Investigative Reporting
“Oversold prenatal tests spur some to choose abortions”

The Keene Sentinel
“A Dangerous Dose”

The Day
“Foreclosure Investigation”

The Sun
“The Opiate Crisis in Our Homes”

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
“LD 1750: A study in how special interests get their way in the Maine Legislature”

The Hartford Courant
“Charter School Group Investigation”

The Eagle-Tribune
“2014 Market Basket Saga”

New England Center for Investigative Reporting
“Debt coverage: Homeowners sold out by the mortgage insurance boomerang”

Cape Cod Times
“Saving Our Turtles”

Daily Hampshire Gazette
“Life, Death & Lee”

The Enterprise
“Forgotten Faces”

The Patriot Ledger
“Quincy Housing Authority”

Providence Business News
“Election 2014”

Worcester Magazine
“Chasing Ebola: Worcester ties to Liberia and the fight against Ebola”

Norwell Mariner
“Dealing with Drugs”

The Patriot Ledger
“Housing Crisis”

Concord Monitor
“All Tough Kids”

New England Center for Investigative Reporting
“Massachusetts Children Under State Protection Die from Abuse with Alarming Frequency”

The Telegraph
“Cannabis Care”

The Herald News
“Child Abuse Series”

The Salem News
“Danvers Teacher Murder”

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
“Rx for Theft”

Sun Journal
“Investigation Reveals CDC Officials Destroyed Public Documents 2013-2014”

“Torrington’s Private Tax Collector”

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
“The Book on Paul LePage”

Vineyard Gazette
“Coastal Erosion”

Worcester Magazine
“Dead and Buried Alone”

Sun Journal, Lewiston, ME
“State Labor Workers Investigation”

The MetroWest Daily News (MA)
“Marathon Bombing Photo Coverage” Ken McGagh

The Enterprise, Brockton, MA
“Water deal taps out city”

The Telegraph, Nashua, NH
“Degrees of Debt”

The Westerly (RI) Sun
“Ritacco Recusal”

The Day, New London, CT
“Sound Community Services Investigation”

The Boston (MA) Globe
“Boston Marathon Aftermath”

The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
“Give and Take at the South Shore Y”

Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, MA
“The Cost of Clean: Paying for the Blackstone”

Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA
“Pills That Kill”

The Advocate, Stamford, CT
“Madonna Badger’s Search for Answers”

The Telegraph, Nashua, NH
“RX Addiction Epidemic”

Vineyard Gazette, (MA)
“Schifter House Move”

Providence (RI) Business News
“38 Studios and its lasting effects”

The Newtown (CT) Bee
“The Newtown Bee Special Edition, December 17, 2012”

Rutland Herald
“Tropical Storm Irene Coverage”

Connecticut Post
“Full Disclosure”

The MetroWest Daily News
“Title IX Series”

The Day
“Landlord Investigation”

Foster’s Daily Democrat
“Police Chief Killed in Drug Raid”

“Frederick Weller – DUI driver falls through the cracks”

Daily Hampshire Gazette
“Investigation of library official compels his resignation”

Valley News
“Tropical Storm Irene”

The Republican

The Herald News
“Autism Around Us”

“Meriden Police Probe”

The Telegraph
“Double Dip”

The Wellesley Townsman
“The Wellesley Schools Administration: A Failing Grade”