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‘Monitor’ takes 20 awards at New Hampshire Press Association Better Media Contest

The Monitor staff received 20 awards Friday at the annual New Hampshire Press Association Better Media Contest banquet, the most of any daily publication this year.

The Sunday Monitor received the General Excellence award for a Sunday paper, and the Monitor sports staff won the sports page design contest. won Best Website.

Tim O’Shea received the association’s Columnist of the Year award.

Reporter Annmarie Timmins received the Dennis Joos Memorial Award, given for unique journalism efforts in covering an event or issue of unusual significance to the newspaper’s readers. Because of the nature of this award, is not awarded every year.

Timmins was honored for her first-person essay describing her struggles with depression and anxiety, highlighing the often traumatic nature of mental health care emergency services.

Timmins also received third-place honors for her investigative reporting of state Senate candidate Josh Youseff’s campaign.

Also honored:

∎ John Tully, first place for a sports photo and first place for a picture story depicting life for an 11-year-old Girl Scout from Boscawen, whose mother is an inmate at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown.

∎ Sarah Palermo, first place health reporting. Palermo also received second place in the feature writing category and third place in education reporting.

∎ Kevin Deane, second place for blogging.

∎ Tricia L. Nadolny, second place for both general news story and business reporting.

∎ Andrea Morales, second place for a spot news photo.

∎ Samantha Goresh, second place for multimedia.

∎ Monitor staff also received second place for best use of social media.

∎ Ray Duckler, third place for feature writing.

∎ Tim O’Sullivan, third place for sports newswriting.

∎ Jeremy Blackman, third place for sports feature writing.

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