About the Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award

Save the date! We’re excited to announce the New England Newspaper Conference, will be held on October 21 and 22, 2021. Although we hoped to see everyone in person, we’ll need to wait a little longer. The event will be held virtually.

This award recognizes the best editorial of the year in New England, and it honors the former editor of The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, MA) who died in 1964 at the age of 31. The competition is open to local subject editorials from a wide variety of newspapers in New England, regardless of circulation size and frequency of publication.

Entries for the 2021 award must have been published between June 1, 2020–May 31, 2021. There is a fee of $99 per entry.

For more information please contact Linda Conway at l.conway@nenpa.com.

The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, MA

“The loss of eelgrass and erosion of community” written by John Stanton.

The judges noted: The Inquirer and Mirror’s editorial was a very well-written piece on an intensely local and unique issue to Nantucket. It explained a complex situation in terms that readers could understand and appreciate. Most people would walk away from reading this piece feeling better informed like they gained new knowledge on an important issue affecting the community and island culture. They’d also feel as if they understood the potential solutions and could advocate for them or take some action.

The Standard-Times New Bedford, MA
“Children crossing border should be kept with parents” by Jack Spillane

The 2019 Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award goes to Jack Spillane, editorial page editor of The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Mass. Spillane’s award-winning editorial, “Children crossing border should be kept with parents,” brings home the heartrending impact of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies by focusing on a local Guatemalan boy and his mother as their husband and father sits in a Georgia jail awaiting deportation. Spillane writes with power and clarity, making a compassionate appeal that while immigration reform efforts grind on, the rending apart of nuclear families must stop immediately. “That is a heinous policy,” he writes, “and not worthy of America.”

Telegram & Gazette

Worcester, MA

DA Early and the Bibaud probe by Anthony Simollardes

The Gloucester Daily Times

Gloucester, MA

“City must move to restore faith in police, department”
by David Olson

The Providence Journal

Providence, RI

“A fraud, a farce, a dog-and-pony show”
by Ed Achorn

The Sun

Lowell, MA

“Chelmsford’s had enough of Tiano”
by David McArdle

The Patriot Ledger

Quincy, MA

by Amy MacKinnon

The Newtown Bee

Newtown, CT

“Answering for Our Town”
by Curtiss Clark

Cape Cod Times

Hyannis, MA

“An Age-old Challenge”
by William Mills

The Eagle-Tribune

North Andover, MA

“Civil service plumbs new depths of absurdity”
by Ken Johnson