Yankee Quill

For more than 50 years the New England Academy of Journalists has been honoring our region’s most extraordinary journalists for their contributions to a free press and their efforts to improve the communities they serve. Other journalism associations bestow awards for individual and team accomplishments, but the Yankee Quill recognizes the lifetime achievement of those who have had a broad influence for good, both inside and outside the newsroom. The Academy, which is comprised of all Quill winners and representatives of various New England journalism organizations, gathers annually under the auspices of the New England Society of News Editors Foundation to select the honorees. Winners are selected from among nominees that represent newspapers, broadcasting and academia. Click here to see the full list of Yankee Quill Award winners.

Yankee Quill nominations are due in June. The award ceremony will take place at the Yankee Quill Dinner in October. Download Nomination form

2013 Yankee Quill Recipients

Christine Chinlund
Managing Editor of The Boston Globe

Peter Lord
Environmental Reporter and Editor of the Providence Journal

James Rousmaniere
Editor and President of the Keene Sentinel

Eliot White
Publisher and Owner of the Record-Journal, Meriden CT

John Greenleaf Whittier
19th-century poet and writer, newspaper editor

Press Release

Four journalists, John Greenleaf Whittier honored with 2013 Yankee Quill Awards

Four contemporary New England journalists and the 19th-century newspaper writer and editor, who would become one of America’s most-beloved poets will receive the Yankee Quill Award this fall for their career contributions to the betterment of journalism in the six-state region.

The Yankee Quill Award is presented annually by the Academy of New England Journalists through the auspices of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation. It is considered the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region.

The 2013 honorees are Christine Chinlund, managing editor of The Boston Globe; the late Peter Lord, long-time environmental reporter and editor at the Providence Journal; James Rousmaniere, recently retired editor and president of the Keene (NH) Sentinel, and Eliot White, publisher and owner of the Record-Journal in Meriden, CT.

In addition, the award will be presented posthumously to John Greenleaf Whittier, the 19th-century poet and writer from Massachusetts, who helped lead the slavery abolition movement in the north while working at a newspaper and as a reporter. Whittier became a major poet towards the end of his life, but supported himself as a writer and newspaper editor at papers in Haverhill, Boston, Hartford and as editor of the Pennsylvania Freeman where he risked his life when the paper was destroyed during an anti-abolitionist riot in 1838.

Christine Chinlund has been with the Boston Globe for 30 years. As managing editor for news, she oversees the Globe newsroom and is the resident counselor on questions of accuracy, ethics, and taste. Over the course of three decades at the Globe, Chinlund has covered politics, worked on the Spotlight Team, served as editor of the National and Foreign desks, and spent three years as the paper’s ombudsman. She will receive the Yankee Quill award for her "passion for accountability journalism, commitment to the highest journalist standards, and special connection to Globe readers."

Peter Lord, who died in 2012 after a 30-year career at the Providence Journal, worked as a reporter, bureau manager in Warwick and Westerly, and was a pioneering environmental journalist. His stories on lead poisoning in Rhode Island led to changes in state regulatory laws, and he was considered an expert on wetlands and coastal development, water pollution, Superfund sites, land conservation and whale rescues. Lord helped establish the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island. He is honored with the Yankee Quill for "his masterful mentoring of aspiring journalists and involvement in establishing the Metcalf Institute for the enrichment of environmental reporting."

James Rousmaniere, recently retired as editor and president after a 35 year career at the Keene Sentinel and nearly a decade at the Baltimore Sun. He has served as president of the New England Newspaper Association, worked on technology committees with the Newspaper Association of America and the board of the Washington-based International Center for Journalists, and hosted journalists from economically developing nations for training at the Sentinel. He has provided journalism and news management advice to publishers and other media in other lands, in addition to being in the forefront of local news coverage in the Keene area. Rousmaniere will receive the Yankee Quill for "his efforts to expand literacy in and bring Internet connectivity to the Monadnock region, and to share his knowledge of the value and importance of an independent press with journalists in emerging nations."

Eliot White is the fourth-generation CEO of the family-owned newspaper company that publishes two daily —the Record-Journal in Meriden and the Westerly (RI) Sun— and several weekly newspapers. As publisher and editor of the Meriden daily, he has made a strong commitment to local and watchdog journalism and has been a strong supporter of open government initiatives, including Connecticut’s Freedom of Information laws. He is a former president of the New England Newspaper Association and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association and numerous local organizations. White will be presented the Yankee Quill award for his "commitment to open government initiatives and to diversity, including internships to aspiring minority newspapermen and women." His father, Carter H. White, was presented the Yankee Quill in 1990.

The Yankee Quill awards will be presented as part of the annual conferences of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and the New England Newspaper and Press Association on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, MA.

Contact info: Bill Ketter, chairman, Academy of New England Journalists, (978) 946-2233 wketter@cnhi.com and George Geers, clerk, Academy of New England Journalists (603) 785-4811 / gnews@empire.net

Nomination instructions for Yankee Quill

The New England Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation recognizes the efforts and dedication of those in New England who have had a broad influence for good in the field of journalism with the Yankee Quill award.

Recipients are inducted into the Academy of New England Journalists upon receiving the Yankee Quill award.

Yankee Quill rules state that selection for the award is not based on a single distinguished achievement in news reporting or editorial writing, or on the development of a publication of purely local impact. Rather, election recognizes the effort and dedication of those in New England who have had a broad influence for good in the field of journalism.

In other words, it is not based on a single distinguished achievement in reporting, writing or editing or on the fact that someone runs a good newspaper or broadcast show or station. Instead, it honors a lifetime of contribution to the profession. Nominations may range across the entire field of journalism, including daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television news coverage and other forms of communications that meet the tests of journalism.

The Board of Trustees of the Academy of New England Journalists, along with the presidents of several New England media associations, will make the final selection of the persons to receive the Yankee Quill Award.

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For further information contact: Bill Ketter, academy chairman, The Eagle-Tribune, wketter@cnhi.com / (978) 685-1000. George Geers, academy clerk, gnews@empire.net / (603) 785-4811

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