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‘Monitor’ wins top New England journalism awards


Monitor staff
Thursday, October 11, 2018

The New England Newspaper & Press Association recognized the Concord Monitor with several journalism awards, including daily Newspaper of the Year and Distinguished Sunday Newspaper of the Year, during the association’s annual conference Thursday.

A Monitor special series, “Stolen Memories” that chronicled families dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease won a Publick Occurrences award, which identifies New England’s most outstanding journalism among newspapers of all sizes.

The Monitor’s three-part Stolen Memories series, written by reporter Leah Willingham with photographs and video by multi-media editor Geoff Forester followed several New Hampshire families dealing with a deadly diagnosis long before retirement.

“The incredibly detailed stories provided a tremendous amount of information about the disease covering its onset, treatment and impact on the families,” the judges wrote. “Adding to the quality of the series is the exceptional writing and presentation, helping to bring out all the emotions and worries of families, friends, medical personnel and significantly, your readers.”

Publick Occurrences awards were established in 1990 and bear the name of the first newspaper published in America in 1690, which was suppressed by the royal governor of Boston four days after it appeared. Nineteen such awards were given to New England newspapers this year, regardless of their circulation size.

On the Seacoast, Foster’s Daily Democrat won a Publick Occurrences award for its series of stories on homelessness. The Eagle Tribune of North Andover, Mass., won for its stories on the murder of a local mother by her fiance, who was recently released from prison, and the deficiencies of the New Hampshire Parole Board. In all, 19 Publick Occurrences awards were given out to newspapers of all sizes.

The Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year award among papers with a weekday circulation between 8,000 and 14,000 copies. The Herald News of Fall River, Mass., and the MetroWest Daily News of Framingham, Mass., were the distinguished papers within the circulation category.

The Monitor received a Distinguished Sunday Newspaper of the Year award in the category for papers with a circulation of less than 18,000. The Sunday Valley News, of West Lebanon, and the MetroWest Daily News also received distinguished Sunday awards, while the Sun Chronicle, of Attleboro, Mass., won Sunday Newspaper of the Year in the circulation category.