A huge congratulations goes to all of the winners in the 2015 Best of GateHouse contest, which honors the efforts our incredible journalists put into covering their communities.
Special recognition goes to our Editor of the Year, Paul Pronovost, for his amazing leadership at the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
This year’s contest included changes to many existing categories and the addition of several new categories, including
Best Use of Digital Tools
Best Web Project
Catalyst for Community Change
Public Service Journalism
Section Front Designer of the Year
Videographer of the Year
Here is a video of David Arkin, Senior Vice President of Content & Product Development, announcing the winners of Newspaper of the Year and our Editor of the Year.
For a complete list of all of the 2015 Best Of GateHouse winners, click here, and be sure to check out BestOfGateHouse.com for detailed information on each winning entry, including PDFs and links to award-winning journalism.
A big congratulations to the teams at The (Canton) Repository and The Columbus Dispatch, which were recently recognized as being among the best in the state at the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors competition.
The Repository was honored with a general excellence award in its division in addition to the 33 individual awards its staff received.
The Dispatch was honored with a general excellence award in its division in addition to the recognition it received for its website and the first-place awards it earned for both its daily sports section, for a special sports section on college football and for its public service reporting on suicide. Its staff also received a number of individual awards.
For a complete list of individual winners from The (Canton) Repository, visit bit.ly/1WBKmKy.
For a complete list of individual winners from The Columbus Dispatch, visit bit.ly/1VYHvL7.
Congratulations to the entire Shawnee News-Star team, which was recently honored by the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives and The Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter.
The newsroom received a first-place award for its website, which on average receives 350,000 page views a month, and placed fourth in the General Excellence category from the AP.
Individual awards were received by Tina Bridenstine, who placed third in Page 1 deadline layout; Ed Blochowiak, who placed fourth in sports photography; and Kim Morava, who placed fourth in spot news reporting.
The Society of Professional Journalists awarded photographer Ed Blochowiak first place and sports editor Billy Brown second place for sports photography. Kent Bush earned a third-place award for his personal columns.
The News-Star was also presented with the Jerry Marx Memorial Award by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety/Oklahoma Highway Patrol in recognition of traffic safety stories.
For more information about the Associated Press awards, visit bit.ly/1smzmDL.
For more information about The Society of Professional Journalists awards, visit bit.ly/23ZQgnF.
Clifford Oto’s award-winning photo in the CNPA contest
Congratulations to the team at The (Stockton) Record, which recently received a total of 25 awards at the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.
Alex Breitler received five honors, including first place in Business Reporting category and second in the Writing category and earned honorable mentions in Sports Game Story, Environmental Reporting and Agriculture Reporting.
Mike Klocke received two awards, including first place in Column Writing and second place in Editorial Writing.
Lori Gilbert won first place in Profile Feature Story and an honorable mention in Writing.
The Record’s sports department received three second-place awards, including Special Section, Thomas Lawrence’s Sports Game Story award and Kelly Jones’ Sports Feature Story award. The team received honorable mentions in Best Overall Sports Section, for Bob Highfill’s Sports Feature and for Lawrence for Sports Game Story.
Michael Fitzgerald earned second place in Column Writing and Clifford Oto earned second place in Artistic Photo.
The Record earned honorable mention in General Excellence, and other honorable mentions went to Reed Fujii for Agricultural Reporting, Joe Goldeen for Enterprise Reporting, Kevin Hecteman in Video Journalism and Elizabeth Roberts for Profile Feature Story.
Other honorable mention awards included Arts and Entertainment coverage for TimeOut sections, Special Section and Best Front Page and Layout and Design.
The Tracy Press earned first place for Sports Action Photo and second place for Special Section. The Lodi News-Sentinel received second place in News Photo.
Congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga, who won a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for his investigative piece “Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” a multi-part investigation of the consequences of the state of Florida’s budget cuts on mental hospitals.
Braga was honored alongside Tampa Bay Times reporters Anthony Cormier, formerly of the Herald-Tribune, and Leonora LaPeter Anton.
“I’ve thrashed around my whole career trying to get to bigger papers in bigger cities, but it turns out I was in the right place all along,” said Braga. “I’ve been able to work on fascinating and far-reaching stories, and I’ve been surrounded by extraordinarily talented and driven journalists and patient editors who tolerated my eccentricities and were willing to dole out dozens of second chances.”
This marks the second Pulitzer Prize for the Herald-Tribune and the second time Braga has been a finalist for the honor.
GateHouse Media would like to extend a congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which was recently awarded the National Press Foundation’s first Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting for its joint investigation with the Tampa Bay Times of Florida’s mental health hospitals.
The five-part “Insane. Invisible. In Danger” series was reported by the Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga and the Tampa Bay Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, and focused on conditions at Florida’s institutions for the mentally ill after $100 million in budget cuts.
The judges noted the collaboration between the two competing Florida papers and said the piece was “revealing, thorough, comprehensive and deep. Every element was compelling, from surveillance videos, graphics, data, strong multimedia and top-drawing writing. The project was extraordinarily strong from start to finish.”
“Insane. Invisible. In Danger” also was a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ recent competition.
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