Publick Occurrences Award

2015 New England Newspaper of the Year

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. 

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.

2015 Publick Occurrences Award Winners
for Outstanding Journalism

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"

Entries for the Publick Occurrences awards are due in June. The awards are presented at the NENPA Fall Conference in October.

For more information, please contact:
Megan Sherman

Promoting Growth and Excellence in New England Newspapers since 1950