About the New England Society of News Editors Journalism Awards

The New England Society of News Editors presents several prestigious awards each year to journalists in the region who are so expert and accomplished that they have truly “mastered” their craft. At the same time, NESNE also recognizes New England journalism’s most promising up-and-comers.

The NESNEs, presented by the New England Society of News Editors, recognize the best editorial work produced in New England. Any piece that wins a 1st place award in the editorial portion of the NENPA competition is automatically entered in the NESNE competition. Up to five pieces of work in each category were chosen as finalists for the best of the year. Join us each spring at the NESNE Spring Awards to find out who wins in each category!

Master Reporter

Jennette Barnes
The Standard-Times

Master Photographer

Shannon Hicks
The Newtown Bee

Mike Orazzi
The Bristol Press

Judith Vance Weld Brown Spirit of Journalism Award

Karen Webber
Telegram & Gazette

Journalism Educator of the Year

BJ Roche
UMASS Amherst

College Rising Star

Amy McKeever
Stonehill College

New England College Newspaper of the Year

The Harvard Crimson
Harvard University

Best Opinion or Commentary Writing

A shield of words vs. rain of bullets
The Advocate
Stamford, CT

Best Hard News / General Reporting Story

A Connecticut Doctor in Africa
The News-Times
Danbury, CT

Best Feature Story

Bill Lee
Stowe Guide & Magazine
Stowe, VT

Best Enterprise / Long-Form Reporting Story

Special Report: Climate Change Hits Home
Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

Best Watchdog or Neighborhood Reporting Story

Culture Shift in Quincy
The Patriot Ledger
Quincy, MA

Best News Photo

Ledge
The Herald News
Fall River, MA

Best Sports / Feature Photo

Steven Litchfield checks the time of the tower
Scituate Mariner
Scituate, MA

Best Video

The shooting of Phil Grenon
The Burlington Free Press
Burlington, VT

Best Digital Innovation

Life on the Edge: How Climate Change Affects Cape Cod
Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

Best in Sports

Flight and Family
St. Albans Messenger
St. Albans, VT

Master Reporter

Josh Kovner
The Hartford Courant

Master Photographer

Steve Heaslip
Cape Cod Times

Judith Vance Weld Brown Spirit of Journalism Award

Karen Bordeleau
Providence Journal

Newsroom Rising Star

Collin Binkley
The Associated Press

Journalism Educator of the Year

Marty Dobrow
Springfield College

New England College Newspaper of the Year

Quinnipiac Chronicle
Quinnipiac University

Best Opinion or Commentary Writing

Evelin Valibayova has a right to be found
Amy MacKinnon
The Patriot Ledger
Quincy, MA

Best Hard News / General Reporting Story

New Law, New Partnerships
Kathleen McKiernan
The Recorder
Greenfield, MA

Best Feature Story

The Cape Ann Fallen
Sean Horgan
Gloucester Daily Times
Gloucester, MA

Best Enterprise / Long-Form Reporting Story

Saving Our Turtles
Doug Fraser
Cape Cod Times
Hyannis, MA

Best Watchdog or Neighborhood Reporting Story

Taken land yields little for city
Ann Baldelli, Colin A. Young
The Day
New London, CT

Best News Photo

Chasing Ebola
Steven King
Worcester Magazine
Worcester, MA

Best Sports / Feature Photo

Grave Diggers
Steven King
Worcester Magazine
Worcester, MA

Best Video

Stuck in Vermont: Danforth Pewter Turns 40
Eva Sollberger
Seven Days
Burlington, VT

Best Digital Innovation

The Cost of Freedom
Carlos Virgen, John Ruddy
The Day
New London, CT

Best in Sports

Ellsworth’s Robin Emery: Women’s running pioneer
Taylor Vortherms
The Ellsworth American
Ellsworth, ME