New England Society of News Editors


With industry changes affecting all newspapers in our region — particularly with consolidation of staff resources and the transformation to digital news operations — there is a vital need for collaboration, exchange of ideas and training. The New England Society of News Editors is committed to supporting the work of its members, whether it be providing workshops and seminars, helping them grow their audience through social media, or finding counsel for First Amendment and public records law issues.

Our Mission

In conjunction with our good partners at the New England Newspaper & Press Association, NESNE is helping to make a difference in journalism and to increase the clout of newsroom managers and content producers throughout the six-state region. We are also expanding our membership to include other media representatives, from TV and radio broadcasters to academicians who share our common goals to provide quality journalism to our customers.

For years, NESNE has presented awards to recognize talented writers and photographers at both weekly and daily newspapers, and is the only New England organization sponsoring a contest selecting the best college newspapers.

Each year, NESNE sponsors successful Investigative Reporting Seminars and Better Watchdog Workshops. Membership fees help underwrite these programs.

NESNE conducts writing and photography contests and workshops to help build social media skills, grow your audience, and improve your investigative reporting.

NESNE also hosts an annual conference for members in October, along with the highlight of the year, the Yankee Quill Awards dinner recognizing journalists and publishers of distinction from all our member newspapers and organizations. Your nominations are welcome.

NESNE is a proud organization but it can survive and thrive only if newspaper editors in our region are willing to support it in principle and financially. We need you as a participant on both counts. Please consider joining NESNE.

Member Dues

To pay your NESNE membership dues, please contact Christine Panek at (781) 281-7284.

Board of Governors

Paula Bouknight, President
Assistant Managing Editor, The Boston Globe

Emily Sweeney, Vice President
Staff Reporter, The Boston Globe

Charles St. Amand, Secretary

Richard Lodge, Past President
Managing Editor, The Daily News of Newburyport

Anne Brennan
Regional Director of News and Operations, GateHouse Media New England

Amy Callahan
Professor, Northern Essex Community College

Sean Corcoran
Managing Editor, WGBH

Tim Cotter
Managing Editor, The Day

Dwayne Desaulniers
Director, New England Media at AP

Anne Karolyi
Managing Editor, Republican-American

Leah Lamson
Director, NE HS Journalism Collaborative

Steve Leone
Editor, Concord Monitor

Len Levin
Retired, Providence Journal

Paul Miller
Executive Editor, The Keene Sentinel

Dan Rea
CBS Boston, WBZ NewsRadio 1030

The NESNEs Spring Awards

The New England Society of News Editors recognizes that best editorial work produced in New England! Special recognition awards are presented each year at the Spring Awards held at The Boston Globe headquarters in Boston, MA. Join us in celebrating the outstanding work of New England journalists!


Best Opinion or Commentary Writing

"Simmons goes Haberek" - Paul Choiniere, The Day


“City Matters” – Mark Hayward, New Hampshire Union Leader
“Editor gets life-changing payback” – Andy Tomolonis, The Standard-Times
“7 Reasons To Save Hartford / Florida? No Thanks.” – Stephen Busemeyer, The Hartford Courant
“Does VTrans take advantage of towns’ desire to get-along” – Angelo Lynn, Addison Independent

Best Hard News or General Reporting Story

"Caged in Van No. 1304" - Christopher Williams, Sun Journal


“Who Is The Real Scott Wolas?” – Patrick Ronan & Sean Cotter, The Patriot Ledger
“Death By Drugs” – Mark Davis, Seven Days
“Paradise, Lost” – Michaela Halnon, The Colchester Sun
“Tell my family I love them” – Judith Meyer, Sun Journal

Best Enterprise / Long-Form Reporting Story

"Left Behind" - Vanessa de la Torre, Matthew Kauffman, and Kathleen Megan, The Hartford Courant


“Pot & Profit” – Jennifer Bogdan & Tom Mooney, The Providence Journal
“Caged in Van No. 1304” – Christopher Williams, Sun Journal
“Behind the Curtain” – Jessica Bartlett, Boston Business Journal
“In the Eye of the Commonwealth, landfill battle reaches fever pitch” – Bill Shaner, Worcester Magazine

Best in Sports

"A quiet leader" - Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal


“The Passing Lanes” – Bill Ballou, Telegram & Gazette
“One Of A Kind” – Phil Stacey, The Salem News
“Marathon Man” – Steven Barlow, Republican-American
“The Last Of The Rabbit Hunters” – Alex Palmer, The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Best Watchdog or Neighborhood Reporting Story

"Children at Risk" - Tom Mooney, The Providence Journal


“Under The Table” – Amanda Drane, Daily Hampshire Gazette
“Officials refuse to release report on probe of police” – Dan Glaun, The Republican
“Left Behind” – Vanessa da la Torre, The Hartford Courant
“State probe find misuse of tech school funds” – Jon Lender, The Hartford Courant

Best Feature Story

"Living Transgender" - Elodie Reed and Allie Morris, Concord Monitor


“Lucky bums” – Sasha Goldstein, Seven Days
“Two Lives Shared” – Kathleen Megan, The Hartford Courant
“A story of horror and hope – Alicia B. Smith, West Hartford LIFE
“Life Sentence” – Mark Davis, Seven Days

Best News Photo

"Amputee Marine finishes Marathon" - Ken McGagh, The MetroWest Daily News


“Heartbreaking” – Marc Vasconcellos, The Enterprise
“ALS: The price on the body” – Kristopher Radder, Brattleboro Reformer
“Rescue – Jack Foley, The Herald News
“Helping hands at Marathon finish” – Ken McGagh, The MetroWest Daily News

Best Video

"WiredZone: New London - NFA Thanksgiving Game" - Peter Huoppi, The Day


“Andy’s Journey: The Struggles Through ALS” – Kristopher Radder, Brattleboro Reformer
“Stuck in Vermont 460: River of Light: Harvest Moon Winooski” – Eva Sollberger, Seven Days
“Rare conjoined twins seek ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances”
– Cloe Poisson, The Hartford Courant
“Stuck in Vermont 487: Spring Amphibian Migration”
 – Eva Sollberger, Seven Days

Best Sports / Feature Photo

"Kennedy stamp dedication" - Steve Heaslip, Cape Cod Times


“Touching up history” – Peter Pereira, The Standard-Times
“Full moon” – Peter Sutters, The Inquirer and Mirror
“Gardner’s homer lifts Shrewsbury – Rick Cinclair, Telegram & Gazette
“Double head” – David Sokol, Somerville Journal

Best Digital Innovation

"The Time Machine" - Vineyard Gazette


“JFK’s 100th Centennial” – Cape Cod Times – The Standard-Times

2018 Specialty Journalism Awards

Educator of the Year

Kristen D. Nevious, PhD
Franklin Pierce University

Newsroom Rising Star

Amaris Castillo
The Sun (Lowell)

New England College Newspaper of the Year

The Bowdoin Orient
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME