NEAPNEA 2012 writing contest winners

Associated Press Modified: August 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm •  Published: August 6, 2012
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Here are the winners of the 2012 New England Associated Press News Executives Association writing contest. Winners will be honored at the fall conference on Sept. 14 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Visit www.neapnea.org for details.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Class I

First; Republican-American, Waterbury, Conn.; Tracey O'Shaughnessy; Not just naked

Second; The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.; Al Alexander; You'll enjoy the shade of the tree of life

Third; The Providence (R.I.) Journal; Rick Massimo; Out of despair, hope for others

Class II

First; Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Sarah Earle; Breathless spirals

Second; Daily Hampshire Gazette; Steve Pfarrer; In the trenches

Third; The Salem (Mass.) News; Will Broaddus; Still Movies

Class III

First; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Ross Edwards; Bold 'L.A. Noire' values story over action

Second; Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.; Alex Hanson; Faces of War

Third; Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times; Gail McCarthy; An artistic alchemy arises from trash and tape

BEAT REPORTING

Class I

First; The Providence (R.I.) Journal; Jennifer D. Jordan; Education

Second; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; John Richardson; Health Care

Third; The Hartford (Conn.) Courant; Jon Lender; Top UConn Cops' Pay Doubled; Prison Nurses Get OT Bonanza; Exec Who's Rarely There Draws Big Pay

Class II

First; The Day, New London, Conn.; Rick Koster; Music

Second; The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.; Steve DeCosta; Casinos and gaming

Third; Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Sarah Palermo; Education

Class III

First; Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.; Chris Fleisher; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Second; Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.; Mark Davis; Crime

Third; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Alana Melanson; Ashburnham/LancasterWestminster

BEST HEADLINE

Class I

First; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Bob Dixon; Maine warmer for plants, but let's not go bananas

Second; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Brian Robitaille; Much ado-dle-doo about noisy birds

Third; The Providence (R.I.) Journal; Peter Donahue ; Watching Will and Kate tie the Windsor knot

Class II

First; Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.; Julie Lipkin; Wellfleet is runnin' from Dunkin'

Second; The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.; Kellen Riell; Lawn-scare specialists

Third; The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Mass.; Andrew Bryce; Fare and loathing

Class III

First; Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.; Joe Applegate; A Recession Four Stories Deep

Second; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Dan Phelps; B - LIEVE IT

BUSINESS/CONSUMER NEWS

Class I

First; The Providence (R.I.) Journal; Staff; Reinvent Rhode Island

Second; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Tom Bell; So you want to be a lobsterman

Third; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Ed Murphy; Racing Toward Uncertainty

Class II

First; The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.; Steve Urbon; Making a Name

Second; The Day, New London, Conn.; Lee Howard; A new mission for Pfizer

Third; The Day, New London, Conn.; Lee Howard; Unemployed reach end of benefits

Class III

First; Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.; Chris Fleisher; Giving License To Profit

Second; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Michael Hartwell; Beware of phone-y charges

Third; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Michael Hartwell; Beermaking melds art, science

CONTINUING COVERAGE

Class I

First; The Hartford (Conn.) Courant; Staff; October Snowstorm

Second; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Edward Murphy; Portland Fireboat Accident

Third; Republican-American, Waterbury, Conn.; Michael Puffer, Penelope Overton; School leaders dismiss rumors on high scores

Class II

First; Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Annmarie Timmins; Northern Pass

Second; Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.; George Brennan; Abuse at Camp Good News

Third; The Advocate, Stamford, Conn.; Kate King, Maggie Gordon, Jeff Morganteen; A tragic Christmas fire

Class III

First; Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.; Alex Hanson; Tropical Storm Irene Damage

Second; Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer; Staff; Tropical Storm Irene ravages Windham County

Third; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Michael Hartwell; Fitchburg Election

DEADLINE NEWS COVERAGE

Class I

First; The Republican, Springfield, Mass.; Staff; Twister

Second; Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Mass.; Staff; Storm damage

Third; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Ann Kim; Missing woman's body found in pond

Class II

First; The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.; Staff ; Weakened Tropical Storm Irene

Second; The Salem (Mass.) News; Paul Leighton; Firefighter dies in blaze

Third; The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.; Curt Brown, Anika Clark; Police: Elderly rider raped

Class III

First; Valley News, Lebanon, N.H.; Staff; Special Edition: Tropical Storm Irene

Second; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Michael Hartwell, Nick Mallard; Early snowstorm

Third; The Herald News, Fall River, Mass.; Derek Vital; Burned to the ground

DEADLINE SPORTS COVERAGE

Class I

First; The Providence (R.I.) Journal; Paul Kenyon; 2nd-round match was anything but par for the course

Second; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Glenn Jordan; Freeport's Zolla lives out dream

Third; Portland (Maine) Press Herald; Glenn Jordan; Despite spasms, Maine's Samuelson wins her age group.

Class II

First; Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Gavin Faretra; Yankees draft senior pitcher

Second; The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Mass.; Mark Farinella; Just another Saturday until that phone call; Delayed gratification

Third; The Day, New London, Conn.; Vickie Fulkerson; John Kelley, running legend, dies at 80

Class III

First; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Chad Garner; Leominster Division 1 Champs; Leominster earns Super Bowl glory; O'Connor has the 'heart of a lion'

Second; Bennington (Vt.) Banner; Austin Danforth; Rice upsets Bulldogs on PKs

EDITORIAL

Class I

First; New Haven (Conn.) Register; Charles Kochakian; Put DeLauro's bill in the diaper pail; No surprise CL & P's Butler has resigned; East Haven needs U.S. oversight

Second; The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.; John Murphy; Handling of O'Connell case increasingly troubling; Stop letting thugs terrorize elderly tenants; South Shore character is worth your investment

Third; The Sun, Lowell, Mass.; Tom Zuppa; Editorials

Class II

First; Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Ralph Jimenez; Councilor Patten should step down; No pride in taxing state's hospital beds; Jury in genocide trial has a tough job

Second; The Day, New London, Conn.; Paul Choiniere; Choiniere editorials

Third; Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Felice Belman; A historic vote to embrace equality; In Allenstown, no comment from selectmen; Empty prison?

Class III

First; Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, Mass.; Charles St. Amand; Government lends hand...to your purse; Close Registry's VIP office; Do we take care of our own?



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