About the Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award
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.
NENPA member newspapers, regardless of circulation size and frequency of publication, are invited to enter.
There is a fee of $109 per entry.
For more information please contact Linda Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, MA
“Fixing a broken system” written by David Joyner
The judges remarked that this editorial captures readers with its lively lede and lays out the issues plaguing the region’s gas lines with strong reporting, clear language, and a call to action for the state to fix this dangerous problem. It’s a strong example of what an editorial should be.
When notified that they were receiving this prestigious award, the Eagle-Tribune had this to say,
“The Eagle-Tribune is honored to have this award named after its former editor Allan B. Rogers. The Rogers family and subsequent owners of the Eagle-Tribune have been strong proponents of local journalism in the North of Boston area dating back to 1867. Of course, editorials are the heart of any local newspaper. They celebrate the successes in the community, provide public service announcements, and hold local politicians and public figures accountable. This year’s nominees and winners of the Allan B. Rogers Editorial award demonstrate how newspapers can be the most important voice in the communities they serve.”
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.”
The Gloucester Daily Times
“City must move to restore faith in police, department”
by David Olson
The Providence Journal
“A fraud, a farce, a dog-and-pony show”
by Ed Achorn
“Chelmsford’s had enough of Tiano”
by David McArdle
The Patriot Ledger
by Amy MacKinnon
The Newtown Bee
“Answering for Our Town”
by Curtiss Clark
Cape Cod Times
“An Age-old Challenge”
by William Mills
North Andover, MA
“Civil service plumbs new depths of absurdity”
by Ken Johnson