Cape Cod Times wins EPPY Award for video

25.10.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Cape Cod Times was awarded Best News or Event Feature Video, for publications with under 1 million unique monthly visitors, in the 24th annual EPPY Awards, from Editor & Publisher magazine. 

The winning video, Police Sgt. Sean Gannon: One Year Later, showed how Cape community members reflected on the legacy of an officer killed in the line of duty, and what’s changed since his death. The video was produced by Digital Assignment Editor Jason Kolnos.

EPPY Awards honor the best in media across 30 categories. This year’s EPPY Awards received more than 300 entries, both national and international. For a list of full winners, visit Editor & Publisher.

Mineral Daily News Tribune honored for wins in West Virginia Better Newspaper Contest

6.08.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Mineral Daily News Tribune has been honored with seven awards from the West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, including four first-place plaques.

Managing editor Liz Beavers earned two of the first place awards: one in the Best News Columnist category for her “From the Editor’s Desk” column and one in the Best Governmental Affairs Reporting category for her coverage of the Keyser City Council’s ouster last year of member Karol Ashenfelter.

The judges for the contest commented the story displayed “strong local news reporting on deadline.”

Staff writer Barbara High earned a first place in the Best Coverage of Breaking News category for her story about the November 2018 standoff with Keyser City Police which resulted in the death of a Keyser man.

High also took first place in the Service to Community category for spearheading the “Stand Up for Ethan” anti-drug program in memory of a young Keyser man who had passed away earlier in the year. The program brought guest speakers from his family and area agencies together to discuss the growing drug epidemic in the area and what services are available to help those currently suffering.

In addition, Beavers earned a second and third place in  Best Governmental Affairs Reporting category, making a clean sweep in that category. The second place was for her story “City clerk walks out,” and third place for “Judge overturns Whiteman suspension.”

She also won a third-place Best Lifestyles Feature, for her story “Hometown Hero,” about the tribute to long-time firefighter Bob Dorsey.

The Better Newspaper Contest is broken down into divisions based on circulation, and the News Tribune competes in Division 2, which includes daily newspapers with circulation of up to 16,000.

“Our annual newspaper competition always brings out the best of our state’s newspapers and journalists have to offer,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. 

“From the largest daily newspaper to the smallest weekly newspaper, West Virginia residents benefit from the outstanding and dedicated work of journalists throughout the state. Community journalism remains the centerpiece of the newspaper industry in the Mountain State. The West Virginia Press Association is proud to recognize and honor the excellent work produced by West Virginia’s terrific newspapers and journalists.”

The contest has 29 categories, and 32 newspapers submitted nearly 1,451 entries. 

Providence Journal writer wins national environmental reporting award

1.08.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Providence Journal’s Alex Kuffner has won a first-place award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for articles he wrote in 2018.

The articles detailed the arrival of an invasive species of fierce-stinging jellyfish in Rhode Island waters, a scourge of tree-killing insects and drought that have defoliated portions of Rhode Island’s forests, and the expansive growth of solar farms in the state.

Another article delved into allegations that the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has allowed polluters to flout environmental laws.

The judges described Kuffner’s reporting as “a model for small-market journalists covering an environmental beat: clear, thorough, objective coverage on a range of important local issues.”

The SEJ contest bills itself “as the world’s largest and most comprehensive environmental journalism competition, recognizing the best news coverage of the most important stories on the planet.”

The entries for the 2019 contest were judged by independent panels of working and retired journalists.

Seacoast Media Group lands numerous state press association awards

6.06.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

Seacoast Media Group was recently recognized for outstanding journalism with numerous awards from the New Hampshire Press Association. Foster’s Daily Democrat was given the 1st Amendment Award. Other winners included:

First place:

  • Business Reporting: Kyle Stucker
  • Spot News: Kyle Stucker, Brian Early, John Doyle
  • Sports Columnist of the Year: Mike Whaley
  • Sports News: Mike Whaley
  • Investigative Reporting: Jeff McMenemy
  • Editorial Writing: Patrick Cronin

Second place:

  • General Excellence: Exeter News-Letter
  • Business and Economic Reporting: Kyle Stucker

Third place:

  • General Excellence: Hampton Union
  • Community Service: Kyle Stucker
  • Business and Economic Reporting: Jeff McMenemy

Gardner News named Voice of the Community

9.05.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Gardner News in Gardner, Massachusetts, was recently named Voice of the Community by the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards Recognition Dinner.

Awards are given to the business of the year, business person of the year, as well as categories for community leadership and citizen of the year.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the newspaper, which was acquired by GateHouse in 2018.

GateHouse newspapers win 118 Ohio state press awards

6.05.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

GateHouse Media newspapers were honored with 118 awards in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors contest, including The Columbus Dispatch, The Canton Repository and The Independent of Massillon winning the top award of General Excellence for their respective divisions.

It was the sixth year in a row that The Dispatch placed first in General Excellence, and the fourth year in a row for The Repository.

The Daily Record of Wooster placed second in General Excellence and The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier placed third.

The Dispatch was also recognized with Ohio APME’s Rising Star, which is given to individuals with less than five years of journalism experience. Jennifer Smola, The Dispatch’s higher-education reporter, won that award.

“These awards reflect the dedication and perseverance of a staff of professionals who do their best each day to deliver accurate, fair reporting to central Ohioans,” said Dispatch Executive Editor Alan D. Miller.

Repository Publisher and CEO Jim Porter said winning General Excellence four years in a row is an accomplishment the entire Repository team can be proud of.

“At the same time, we share these accomplishments with our community, which supports us year in and year out,” Porter said. “Without that support, we cannot do the incredible work that comes from our editorial team.”

In total, 55 daily newspapers submitted 1,776 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2018. Entries were judged by editors from Michigan newspapers.

Other awards included:

The Columbus Dispatch, First Place Awards:

  • Best Digital Presence
  • Best Sports Enterprise: Coverage of the “Save the Crew” movement
  • Best Sports Writer: Bill Rabinowitz
  • Best Feature Photograph: Fred Squillante
  • Best Explanatory Reporting: Mark Ferenchik and Mark Williams

The Columbus Dispatch, Second Place Awards:

  • Public Service:  Series on open arrest warrants in the United States
  • Spot News: Coverage of two Westerville police officers killed in the line of duty
  • Best Business Writer: Dan Gearino for best business writer
  • Best Feature Writer: Rita Price
  • Best Sports Columnist: Rob Oller for
  • Best Sports Feature Writer: Adam Jardy
  • Best News Writer: Bill Bush
  • Best Sports Enterprise: Adam Jardy and Kyle Robertson
  • Best Informational Graphic: Justin Gilbert
  • Best Photo Story: Jonathan Quilter
  • Best Video: Doral Chenoweth III
  • Best Daily Sports Section
  • Best Enterprise Reporting
  • Best full-page design

The Columbus Dispatch, Third Place Awards:

  • Best Editorial Writer: Mary Yost
  • Best Feature Writer: Mike Wagner
  • Best Sports Columnist: Michael Arace
  • Best Sports Feature Writer: Steve Blackledge
  • Best Special Sports Section
  • Best News Photograph: Eric Albrecht
  • Best Feature Photograph: Eric Albrecht best feature photograph
  • Best Photo Story: Courtney Hergesheimer
  • Best Investigative Reporting: Dispatch staff for “Side Effects”
  • Best Digital Project: Lucas Sullivan and Rachel Kilroy

The Independent, First Place Awards:

  • Best Graphics Artist: B.J. Lisko
  • Best Sports Feature Writer: Chris Easterling
  • Best Sports Writer: Chris Easterling
  • Best Sports Enterprise: Chris Easterling
  • Best Special Sports Section
  • Best Daily Sports Section
  • Best News Photo: Kevin Whitlock

The Independent, Second Place Awards:

  • Best Headline Writer: Dave Sereno
  • Best Business Writer: Steven Grazier
  • Best Special Sports Section
  • Best Illustration or Informational Graphic: David Manley
  • Best Spot News Coverage
  • Best Full Page Design

The Independent, Third Place Awards:

  • Best Headline Writer: Jeff Verbus
  • Best Digital Presence

The Times-Reporter, First Place Awards:

  • Best Graphic Artist: David Manley

The Times-Reporter, Second Place Awards:

  • Best Headline Writer: Sean Linhart
  • Best Graphic Artist: Sean Linhart

The Times-Reporter, Third Place Awards:

  • Best Full Page Design: Sean Linhart

The Canton Repository, First Place Awards:

  • Best Editorial Writer: Rich Desrosiers
  • Best Feature Writer: Tim Botos
  • Best Graphic Artist: B.J. Lisko
  • Best Sports Columnist: Joe Scalzo
  • Best Photographer: Scott Heckel
  • Best Illustration or Informational Graphic: B.J. Lisko
  • Best Public Service
  • Best Explanatory Reporting: Ed Balint
  • Best Digital Project
  • Best Digital Presence

The Canton Repository, Second Place Awards:

  • Best Headline Writer: Jeff Verbus
  • Best Daily Sports Section
  • Best Illustration or Informational Graphic: B.J. Lisko
  • Best Sports Photo: Bob Rossiter
  • Best Photo Story: Julie Vennitti
  • Best Investigative Reporting: Shane Hoover
  • Best Full Page Design: B.J. Lisko

The Canton Repository, Third Place Awards:

  • Best Columnist: Charita Goshay
  • Best Feature Writer: Shane Hoover
  • Best Sports Feature Writer: Josh Weir
  • Best Sports Writer: Josh Weir
  • Best Photographer: Ray Stewart
  • Best News Photo: Bob Rossiter
  • Best Enterprise Reporting
  • Best Full Page Design: David Manley
  • Best Digital Project: Shane Hoover

The Akron Beacon Journal, First Place Awards:

  • Best Daily Sports Section
  • Best Columnist: Bob Dyer
  • Best Sports Feature Writer: Marla Ridenour
  • Best Special Section: High school football preview

The Akron Beacon Journal, Second Place Awards:

  • Best Photographer: Phil Masturzo

The Akron Beacon Journal, Third Place Awards:

  • Best Headline Writer: Mark J. Price
  • Best Sports Enterprise: Marla Ridenour
  • Best Sports Photo: Phil Mastruzo
  • Best Explanatory Reporting: Theresa Cottom-Bennett
  • Best Digital Presence

The Daily Record, First Place Awards:

  • Best Business Writer: Jack Rooney
  • Best Special Sports Section
  • Best Daily Sports Section: Mike Plant
  • Best Public Service: Tami Mosser
  • Best Explanatory Reporting: Tami Mosser

The Daily Record, Second Place Awards:

  • Best Feature Writer: Tami Mosser
  • Best Sports Columnist: Mike Plant
  • Best Sports Feature Writer: Tom Rife
  • Best Sports Writer: Claire Miller
  • Best Special Sports Section
  • Best Enterprising Reporting: Tami Mosser and Jack Rooney
  • Best Full Page Design: Emily Carey

The Daily Record, Third Place Awards:

  • Best Business Writer: Tami Mosser
  • Best Editorial Writer: Ted Daniels
  • Best Illustration or Informational Graphic: Jennifer Kundrach
  • Best Enterprising Reporting: Tami Mosser
  • Best Digital Presence

The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier, First Place Awards:

  • Best Editorial Writer: Michael Shearer
  • Best Sports Enterprise: Allen Moff
  • Best Photo Story: Lisa Scalfaro
  • Best Investigative Reporting: Matt Merchant
  • Best Digital Presence

The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier, Second Place Awards:

  • Best Sports Enterprise: Jonah Rosenblum
  • Best Explanatory Reporting: Bob Gaetjens

The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier, Third Place Awards:

  • Best Photographer: Lisa Scalfaro
  • Best News Writer: Bob Gaetjens
  • Best Daily Sports Section: Robert Todor
  • Best Photo Story: Lisa Scalfaro

StarNews goes for gold, nabs top company award

29.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The StarNews in Wilmington, N.C., was recently named GateHouse’s Media’s Inner Circle Gold winner for 2018. The award recognizes one newsroom team among hundreds across the company, that far exceeds the company’s editorial top editorial goals.

The Inner Circle, GateHouse Media’s quarterly newsroom evaluation program, began in 2011 to establish measurable best practices and to evaluate newsroom-based goals. Over the years, the program has evolved to support the company’s priorities in the changing world of journalism. The program focuses on three key areas:

1. #DoJournallismWithImpact: Producing in-depth news enterprise stories on high-interest, high-engagement topics that resonate with readers

2. Building relationships: Establishing our editorial teams as champions for the voiceless, and connecting with readers in person to better understand their concerns

3. Growing audience: Emphasizing areas of industry growth, such as video and audio, along with quality social media engagement

Here’s how the staff at the StarNews championed these important initiatives and came away with GateHouse’s top editorial honor of the year:

1. How did you motivate your staff to participate in Inner Circle Gold 2018?

In early November (2017), after we learned that we were eligible for Inner Circle Gold, we started a “Going for the Gold” rewards program. We gave staff members “gold tickets” for accomplishing digital wins, including photo galleries and articles with unusually high page views, Facebook Live videos and high social referrals for articles and photo galleries. We launched the effort with a pizza party in the newsroom, and even put up a few gold decorations to get everyone in the spirit. The rewards program gave staff members an incentive to raise the bar and created excitement around achieving our goals. At the end of December, we had a newsroom party with a few snacks and drew winners from the bucket of gold tickets for gift cards.

2. Why did you think it was important to get everyone involved?

Q4 is often a time of year when a lot of folks are on vacation, which means content levels drop. We wanted everyone to feel like they had a stake in our success. The gold tickets served as a way for us to celebrate on a daily basis when someone excelled and got us closer to reaching our Inner Circle goals. The rewards program also meant that everyone had a shot at getting a gift card, but those who are more digitally savvy had more tickets and a greater chance at winning.

3. Will you do anything different this year to win again?

We have continued the rewards program, but we’ve made it monthly. We’ve also changed the structure for getting gold tickets to more closely align with our audience growth goals and individual reporter/photographer goals. So the program is a little less focused on Inner Circle, but instead focused on growing our digital audience and community engagement. If reporters and photographers meet their goals, the newsroom will easily achieve Inner Circle certification each quarter, and hopefully be in the running for Inner Circle Gold again.

American-Statesman wins 12 awards from Austin Alliance for Women

27.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

The Austin American-Statesman was honored with a dozen Trailblazer & Excellence in Media Awards from the Austin Alliance for Women. The annual awards recognize exceptional media individuals and creative efforts.

Winners included:

2019 Creative Awards

  • Display/Visual Creative: Best Ad, for Brookfield “Drawn Home”
  • Display/Visual Creative: Best PSA Ad, for City of Cedar Park “A Little Water Goes a Long Way”
  • Video Creative: Best PSA/Community Affairs Spot, for Cap10K Sizzle

2019 Individual Awards

  • Print Support Staff: Heather Wells
  • Local Agency Support Staff: Paige Canady
  • Print Marketing & Promotions Employee: Ashley Dunn
  • Print Unsung Hero: Rosemary Wallace
  • Print Account Executive: Amber Rebold
  • Digital Account Executive: Amber Rebold
  • Print Sales Manager: Andrea Vick
  • Local Agency Media Director/Manager: Dan Hanrahan
  • Local Podcast: “I Love You So Much”

Beaver County Times honored with Pennsylvania journalism awards

26.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

From an in-depth series on the shortage of sports officials to quasi-state inspections of public pools, The Beaver County Times recently received numerous honors from Pennsylvania media organizations.

Keystone Press Awards, presented by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association:

  • Marsha Keefer, first place, Feature Beat Reporting
  • Lisa Micco, first and second place, Columns
  • Patti Conley, honorable mention, Special Projects
  • Steve Hughes, honorable mention, Special Section Design

Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors, Division II finalists:

  • Andrew Chiappazzi, Best Enterprise Reporting
  • Gwen Titley, Best Long Video
  • Lisa Micco, Best Column

Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors, Division I finalists:

  • Patrick O’Shea, Best Enterprise Reporting
  • Patrick O’Shea, Best Headline Writing
  • Dani Fitzgerald, Best Business Writing

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation:

  • Gwen Titley, first place, Best Use of Video

Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association:

  • Daveen Rae Kurutz, first place, Business & Consumer
  • Daveen Rae Kurutz, second place, Enterprise/Investigation
  • Daveen Rae Kurutz, honorable mention, Health & Science

Austin, Palm Beach honored with Sigma Delta Chi awards

25.04.2019 Carlene Cox Awards

Two GateHouse Media publications were among those honored with 2018 Sigma Delta Chi awards, by the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards recognize exceptional journalism by professional media organizations and date back to 1932. Out of nearly 1,200 submissions, only 77 were awarded this year.

GateHouse publications honored in the daily circulation of up to 1000,000 were:

Palm Beach Post

  • Non-Deadline Reporting, “How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic” by Pat Beall
  • Feature Reporting, “The Strange Tale of Wolfie and the Addicts” by Joe Capozzi
  • Editorial Writing, “The Invading Sea” by The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and WLRN Public Radio
  • General Column Writing, Frank Cerabino

Austin American-Statesman

  • Investigative Reporting, “Unwatched” by the American-Statesman investigative team
  • Deadline Reporting, for coverage of the Austin bomber

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