Eagle wins General Excellence award again
BOSTON — For the second year in a row, The Berkshire Eagle received the New England Newspaper & Press Association's top honor — the award for General Excellence — in the 2019 Better Newspaper Competition.
"The Berkshire Eagle continues to add to its reputation of resetting the quality of local daily newspapers," the competition judges wrote. "Its dedication to a strong package of local news, editorial commentary and opinion and community activities helps bring back what were the standards of a good local daily newspaper.
"Clearly the way the newspaper is managed is significant to its success given not only the impressive work of the news staff but the willingness to dedicate reporters/photographers to special assignments on important issues that must require a dedication to time, effort and expense that is hard to find in many newspapers of today."
The Eagle competed among daily newspapers of less than 20,000 circulation throughout New England. Runners-up were the Concord (N.H.) Monitor and the Eagle-Tribune of North Andover. Among larger newspapers, those with more than 20,000 circulation, the General Excellence winner was the Cape Cod Times.
Altogether, The Berkshire Eagle received 18 other awards for journalism and two for advertising. For most of the competition categories, The Eagle competes against publications with print circulations up to 20,000 in New England's six states.
"These awards, especially the one for General Excellence, recognize the dedication and commitment of all of our reporters, photographers, editors and designers," said Fredric D. Rutberg, The Eagle's publisher and president. "While all credit must go to these talented folks, my colleagues Hans Morris, Judi Lipsey and the Wilmers family and I are proud to be a part of this difficult, but important, mission to create the finest community newspaper in America."
"Winning the General Excellence award two years in a row is a credit to the superb news operation at The Eagle," said Kevin Moran, The Eagle's executive editor.
"We know we cannot do this work without the support of our readers," Moran continued. "We want our readers to be proud of their local newspaper, and we're committed to earning our readers' trust and loyalty every day."
The Eagle's other first-place awards were for Arts & Entertainment Section for Berkshires Week; Living Page/Section for Berkshire Landscapes; Food Page/Section; Special Sports Section for "A Battle for the Ages," the New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LIII preview; Special Section/Advertising Supplement for "Veil & Vow"; News Feature Photo for "Rodeo" and Personality Photo for "Pittsfield Fire Chief," both by staff photographer Stephanie Zollshan; and Illustration/Infographic for "New England Spirits & Specialties Guide to Glassware" by Kim Kirchner.
The Eagle's second-place awards were for Business Page/Section for Berkshire Business Insider; Overall Design and Presentation; Sports Section; Outstanding Newsletter; and Humor Columnist for The Pun Also Rises column by Seth Brown.
The third-place awards were for Headline Writing by News Editor Tim Jamiolkowski; Innovator Award for the Berkshire County Student Journalism Summit by reporter and community engagement editor Jenn Smith; Investigative/Enterprise reporting on Sweet Brook Rehabilitation & Nursing Center by Haven Orecchio-Egresitz; Pictorial Photo for "Reflection" by staff photographer Gillian Jones; Special Section or Editorial Supplement for Making the Grade; Sports Story for "Lee native's induction in Springfield Hall of Fame" by Sports Editor Geoff Smith; and Best Overall Website.
UpCountry Magazine, produced by The Eagle, took home two third-place awards, one for General News Story and one for Best Sponsored Content.
The awards were given last weekend at the winter convention of the New England Newspaper & Press Association at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston.
The New England Newspaper & Press Association received more than 3,000 contest entries for material published from Aug. 1, 2018, to July 31, 2019.
New England Newspaper & Press Association member newspapers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont compete. It is New England's largest and most comprehensive journalism recognition program.
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