Monitor wins ‘General Excellence’ at newspaper contest

  • GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

By Monitor staff
Monday, February 26, 2018

The Monitor won nine awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association, including its highest honor for general excellence.

“The Concord Monitor provides a comprehensive, well-organized package of news and feature content,” the judges wrote for the general excellence award. “This is a formidable newspaper that demands attention.”

In addition to general excellence, the Monitorwon the following awards:

Allie Morris won first place in government reporting for her “Fatal Flaws” series of stories looking at problems at the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families. “With searing details pieced together from interviews and public records, Morris chronicled the tragic life and death of a three-year-old girl by combining her compelling anecdotal reporting with outstanding analysis. This four-part series gave voice to these silenced victims and examined the staffing shortages and other problems within the agency.”

The Monitor staff won first place in the human interest feature story category for its “Living Transgender” series. “A strong five-day package from start to finish. Well-written and well-sourced, with a depth that went beyond the main characters,” the judges wrote. “Each day served to develop a different aspect of the topic, accompanied by meaningful sidebars. Never a feeling of ‘Oh, more of this again ...’ even when reading the last day’s story.”

Caitlin Andrews won second place in the Right to Know category for her quest to get records from a police shooting on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton.

Alyssa Dandrea and Raymond Duckler won second place in the spot news category for stories on suspected New Hampshire serial killer Bob Evans, who was later identified as Terry Rasmussen.

Morris and Ella Nilsen won second place in the health reporting category for two days of stories examining the backlog at the New Hampshire Hospital, which has created long wait times at local hospital emergency rooms.

Duckler won second place in the serious columnist category for a collection of his work.

Dandrea won second place in the crime and courts category for her “Parenting from Prison” series.

Dandrea won third place in general news for her “Unsilenced” series that profiled survivors of sexual assault.

The Monitor competed against other daily newspapers in New England with circulations of fewer than 25,000 papers per day.