New England Society of News Editors


With industry changes affecting all newspapers in our region — particularly with consolidation of staff resources and the transformation to digital news operations — there is a vital need for collaboration, exchange of ideas and training. The New England Society of News Editors is committed to supporting the work of its members, whether it be providing workshops and seminars, helping them grow their audience through social media, or finding counsel for First Amendment and public records law issues.

Our Mission

In conjunction with our good partners at the New England Newspaper & Press Association, NESNE is helping to make a difference in journalism and to increase the clout of newsroom managers and content producers throughout the six-state region. We are also expanding our membership to include other media representatives, from TV and radio broadcasters to academicians who share our common goals to provide quality journalism to our customers.

For years, NESNE has presented awards to recognize talented writers and photographers at both weekly and daily newspapers, and is the only New England organization sponsoring a contest selecting the best college newspapers.

Each year, NESNE sponsors successful Investigative Reporting Seminars and Better Watchdog Workshops. Membership fees help underwrite these programs.

NESNE conducts writing and photography contests and workshops to help build social media skills, grow your audience, and improve your investigative reporting.

NESNE also hosts an annual conference for members in October, along with the highlight of the year, the Yankee Quill Awards dinner recognizing journalists and publishers of distinction from all our member newspapers and organizations. Your nominations are welcome.

NESNE is a proud organization but it can survive and thrive only if newspaper editors in our region are willing to support it in principle and financially. We need you as a participant on both counts. Please consider joining NESNE.

Member Dues

If you are interested in joining NESNE please contact Tara Cleary at and to pay your NESNE membership dues, please contact Christopher Campbell at

Board of Governors

Emily Sweeney, President
Staff Reporter, The Boston Globe

Charles St. Amand, Vice President
Practitioner in Residence, Communication & Journalism Dept., Suffolk University

Paula Bouknight, Past President
Assistant Managing Editor, The Boston Globe

Anne Brennan
Executive Editor, Cape Cod Times

Sean Corcoran
Senior Managing Editor, WGBH

Anne Karolyi
Managing Editor, Republican-American

Leah Lamson
Managing Director, New England High School Journalism Collaborative

Steve Leone
Editor, Concord Monitor

Gary Washburn
Sportswriter, The Boston Globe
President of the Boston Association of Black Journalists

Jeremy Fox
Correspondent, The Boston Globe
President, Boston chapter of National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association

Adam Sennott
Correspondent, The Boston Globe
Vice president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Tim Rasmussen
Senior AME for Visual Journalism+News Product Design
The Boston Globe

David E. Smith
Account Director
The Associated Press

The NESNEs Spring Awards

The New England Society of News Editors recognizes that best editorial work produced in New England! Special recognition awards are presented each year at the Spring Awards held at The Boston Globe headquarters in Boston, MA. Join us in celebrating the outstanding work of New England journalists!

2019 Finalists

Best Opinion or Commentary Writing


“What would you grab if a disaster was on the way?”
Tracey O’Shaughnessy, Republican-American


“Into the Arena”
John Walters, Seven Days 

“DA Early and Bibaud probe”
Staff, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

“A Town Divided”
Jane Seagrave & Julia Wells, Vineyard Gazette

“Of #MeToo and truth-speaking”
Heather Beasley Doyle, Lexington Minuteman

Best Hard News or General Reporting Story


“Making a City Series”
Jim Haddadin, Jonathan Dame and Staff The MetroWest Daily News


“Judges spares heroin dealer from jail”
Julie Manganis, The Salem News

“Domestic violence victims struggle in family courts to retain custody of children”
Shira Schoenberg, The Republican

“Til Death Do Us Part”
Mark Davis, Seven Days

“Beyond the Stigma Series on NH’s Opioid Epidemic”
Shawne K. Wickham, New Hampshire Union Leader/Sunday News

Best Enterprise / Long-Form Reporting Story


“Remaking Worcester”
Staff, Worcester Telegram & Gazette


“Sewage Spill Impacts Felt”
Michael Puffer, Republican-American

“Ferry Martha’s Vineyard Loses Power in Latest Mishap for Steamship Line”
Sara Brown, Vineyard Gazette

“Under pressure: Mental health needs challenge schools”
Elizabeth Clemente, The Portland Forecaster

“Chemical regulation bill backed”
Jim Therrien, Bennington Banner

Best in Sports


“Marathoner with dwarfism conquers Boston and life”
William J. Kole and Steven Senne, The Associated Press


“Grace Under Fire”
Tommy Cassell, The MetroWest Daily News

 “Athletic Policy Questioned”
Lori Riley, The Hartford Courant

“The Motivator”
Brendan Kurie, Standard-Times

“Goooooal! World Cup Rocks the Coop”
Noah Asimow and Landry Harlan, Vineyard Gazette

Best Watchdog or Neighborhood Reporting Story


“Suicide deaths mount, stigma persists”
Neal Simpson, The Patriot Ledger


“Police clamp tight rein on information”
Tommy Gardner & Caleigh Cross, Stowe Reporter 

“Paid a lot to do very little”
Josie Albertson-Grove, Republican-American

“Bucking the Broncos”
Courtney Lamdin and Colin Flanders, Milton Independent

“The Boardroom Gap”
Grant Welker, Worcester Business Journal

Best Feature Story


“Marathoner with dwarfism conquers Boston and life”
William J. Kole and Steven Senne, The Associated Press


“Endless Love”
Kayla Canne, The Sun Chronicle

“Song of Himself”
Dan Bolles, Seven Days

“Elusive dream”
Geoff Spillane, Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Steve Heaslip, Ron Schloerb, Cape Cod Times

“Introducing Quinton Oliver Jones”
Will Broaddus, The Salem News

Best News Photo


Police react when two are shot
Ben Garver, The Berkshire Eagle


Hayes defeats Glassman
Steven Valenti, Republican-American

Alyssa Stone,Marshfield Mariner

David Sokol, North Shore Sunday

Dave Roback, The Republican

Best Video


A Dog Day
Eva Sollberger, Seven Days


From Mexico to Maine: A blueberry raker’s story
Jack Dodson,The Ellsworth American

The coach who never curses
Peter Huoppi, The Day

Countryman Peony Farm
Eva Sollberger, Seven Days

Best Sports / Feature Photo


Grieving Family
Allan Jung, Telegram & Gazette


Man vs. Nature
Ken McGAgh, The MetroWest Daily News

 Doggie in the Window
Peter Pereira, Standard-Times

Northern Lights
Paul Rogers, Stowe Reporter

Lexington Football too much for Brockton
Ann Ringwood, Lexington Minuteman

Best Digital Innovation


Vineyard Gazette, Staff


Cape Cod Times, Staff

2019 Specialty Journalism Awards

Judith Vance Weld Brown Spirit of Journalism

Elizabeth Banks, Framingham (MA) State University

Master Reporter

Neal Simpson, The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA (Daily)

Grant Welker, Worcester (MA) Business Journal (Non-Daily)

Master Photographer

Merrily Cassidy, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis,MA

Newsroom Rising Star

Kristen Young, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, MA

Educator of the Year

Michael Land, Ph.D. Assumption College, Worcester, MA

College Rising Star

Sadie Housberg, Middlebury (VT) College

Top College Journalist

Elisabeth O’Donnell, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

New England College Newspaper of the Year

College Newspaper of the Year
The Daily Free Press, Boston University

College NOY 1st runner up
The Free Press, University of Southern Maine
College NOY 2nd runner up
The Quinnipiac Chronicle, Quinnipiac University
College NOY 3rd runner up
The Bowdoin Orient, Bowdoin College