Sunday February 17, 2013

Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- The Eagle has won 12 awards -- two national and 10 regional -- in newspaper contest judging for 2012.

Nationally, Eagle reporter Christopher James finished in the Top 10 in the explanatory journalism category in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest for his in-depth look at concussions at the local level in football.

Also in the APSE contest, The Eagle earned an honorable mention in special sections for its 12-page preview of the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

Regionally, The Eagle’s 10 awards came in the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) contest, which garnered nearly 3,000 entries. Five Eagle awards were for first-place finishes, three honors were for second, and two were for third.

The Eagle competed in the under-30,000 circulation division in both contests.

Three of the first places in the regional contests were for reporting: arts and entertainment, crime and courts, and religion. The remaining two first-place finishes were for an arts and entertainment section (Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary) and for a general-news story titled "So many questions," about a triple-murder case awaiting trial in Berkshire County.

The second places were for business reporting, a business special section (the digital Berkshires) and sports section (Patriots-Giants Super Bowl), and the third places were for education reporting and environmental reporting.

Eagle staff members named at the NENPA awards ceremony in Boston included Andrew Amelinckx, Derek Gentile, Dick Lindsay and Clarence Fanto, as well as Eagle contributor Brian Sullivan.

"It’s nice to see the entire staff recognized on a regional and national scale," said Eagle Executive Editor Tim Farkas. "It makes the work we do on a daily basis that much more special."