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 the Spring. The award ceremony will take place at the Yankee Quill Dinner in October. Download Nomination form

2015 Yankee Quill Recipients

Carolyn Lumsden
Opinion Editor of the Hartford Courant

Tom Farragher
Columnist/Associate Editor of the Boston Globe

Jane Harrigan
Former Managing Editor of the Concord Monitor/
Journalism Professer at UNH

Mary Jane Wilkinson
Former President of the New England First Amendment Coalition/
Retired Managing Editor of the Boston Globe

Mary Baker Eddy
Founder of the Christian Science Monitor

Press Release

Four New England journalists will receive the Yankee Quill award this fall for their contributions to the betterment of journalism in the six-state region.

The 2015 honorees are Carolyn Lumsden, opinion editor of the Hartford Courant; Tom Farragher, columnist and associate editor of the Boston Globe; Jane Harrigan, former managing editor of the Concord Monitor and longtime journalism professor at the University of New Hampshire, and Mary Jane Wilkinson, former president of the New England First Amendment Coalition and retired managing editor of the Boston Globe.

In addition, the Academy of New England Journalists posthumously honors Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Monitor, as a historic figure in New England journalism.

The Yankee Quill is presented annually by the Academy of New England Journalists through the auspices of the New England Society of News Editors. It is considered the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region. Selection for the award is not based on any single achievement but rather on the broad influence for good over the course of a career.

Farragher receives the Quill for his commitment to the watchdog principles of journalism, leadership role in mentoring aspiring and young journalists, and fierce dedication to the First Amendment.

Harrigan is honored for her lifetime success in training aspiring and professional journalists, special journalism competency as a professor at the University of New Hampshire, and commitment to quality news content as city editor and managing editor of the Concord Monitor.

Lumsden is recognized for her strong commitment to open records and greater access to courtrooms, including leading the charge to allow cameras to record trials, and her efforts to diversify the opinion pages of the Courant with the voices of people of color.

Wilkinson receives her Yankee Quill award for leadership and mentoring as a longtime news executive at the Boston Globe, commitment to in-depth journalism that serves the public interest, and special contribution to the creation of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

Since its founding in 1908, The Christian Science Monitor has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize seven times. Mary Baker Eddy created the Monitor in response to vicious and untruthful attacks against her and her religion, Christian Science, from Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. The sensationalism of the World forced Eddy to defend herself and her religion in court, with the case ultimately dismissed. Not satisfied with that victory, Eddy determined that to counteract the "yellow" press of the time, she needed to start her own daily newspaper. One hundred days later, the Christian Science Monitor was launched as a nondenominational daily newspaper free from sensationalism and constructive in emphasis, "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind."

The Yankee Quill awards will be presented as part of the annual conferences of the New England Society of News Editors and the New England Newspaper and Press Association on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, Mass.

For further information contact:

Bill Ketter, chairman, Academy of New England Journalists, (978) 946-2233 wketter@cnhi.com

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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