In October each year NENPA conducts a one-day conference for hundreds of top executives from the newspapers in New England. The day is typically centered on a theme that is especially relevant and timely for our members, and it includes several speakers, panels and sessions that each addresses a different aspect of the common theme. The conference is usually headlined by a well-known expert or luminary.
The centerpiece of the NENPA Fall Conference is our annual New England Newspaper of the Year awards luncheon at which we honor the very best newspapers in the region. This is a unique competition, because, unlike any other designation of this sort in the newspaper industry, the winners are judged by the audience. Panels of newspaper readers decide upon the winners.
The awards luncheon also honors the recipients of NENPA’s annual Publick Occurrences awards, the New England First Amendment Award, the Allan B. Rogers Award for the best editorial of the year in New England, the AP Sevellon Brown Journalist of the Year Award, and the Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award.
NENPA has an uncommon approach to the Newspaper of the Year judging. The follow-up session at the conference presents an analysis of the reader judges results epitomizing the two-pronged goal of the NENPA recognition programs – to pay tribute to the star performers at newspapers in our region while simultaneously helping all of our members identify truly successful practices that they can adopt for their own publications.