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2018 Distinguished Journalism Awards Finalists Announced

The New Hampshire Press Association is happy to announce judging of the 2018 Distinguished Journalism Awards is complete. Below is the list of finalists in each of the 37 categories and associated membership classes.

With a couple of exceptions – Dennis Joos Memorial Award and Lifetime Achievement – awards for third, second and first place can be given in each category/class at the discretion of the judges. In those category/classes where there were  fewer than three entries, judges were not obligated to give a first place award.

There are no second and third place designations for the Dennis Joos Memorial Award and Lifetime Achievement awards.

The winners will be announced at the Press Association’s Awards Banquet to be held the evening of May, 29, 2019 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on the campus of St. Anselm’s College in Manchester.

A cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner set for 6:15 p.m. The awards presentations begin at 7 p.m. hosted by former Foster’s Daily Democrat Executive Editor Rod Roherty. The event is open to the public and all members of media as well as their guests, in addition to the night’s honorees.

The prices are $40 for an individual ticket open seating, a half table (four tickets) with reserved seating for $160 and a full table (eight tickets) for $300.

Reservations and payments are being accepted online at New Hampshire Press Association 2018 Distinguished Journalism Banquet. Deadline to register is May 27 and refunds will be granted up to seven days before the event.

Participation was strong with nearly 500 entries from all of our members. We received several accolades from judges regarding the quality of our submissions and use of the online platform went smoothly.

We hope as many of you as possible can attend the banquet for night of camaraderie and celebration.

Vanessa Palange, President

Heather Henline, Secretary

Phil Kincade, Executive Director

NHPA Contest Committee

For questions contact Phil: pwkincade@gmail.com

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The 2018 NHPA Excellence Awards finalists, by category, in alphabetical order by organization and or name.

Excellence in Collaboration and Partnership

The Nashua Telegraph

Graphic/Cartoon/Illustration

Class 4

Business NH – Christine Carignan and Mark Ricketts – NH Debates School Choice

Class 1

Nashua Telegraph – Matthew Burdette – “George H.W. Bush”

Nashua Telegraph – Matthew Burdette – “Red Sox”

Nashua Telegraph – Matthew Burdette -“Patriots Pride”

Front page

Class 1

Nashua Telegraph – Matthew Burdette

New Hampshire Union Leader – Tom Lynch

Magazine Cover

Class 3

Business NH – Christine Carignan – Food Issue

Business NH – Christine Carignan – #METoo Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Business NH – Christine Carignan and Mark Ricketts – NH Debates School Choice Cove

Class 1

Nashua Telegraph – Matthew Burdette – Progress 2018

Nashua Telegraph – Matt Hannon – Community Guide 2018

Feature page

Class 3

Business NH – Christine Carignan – Biotech Boom

Business NH – Christine Carignan – UNH’s Tasty Science

Class 1

Nashua Telegraph – Matthew Burdette – Author

Nashua Telegraph – Matthew Burdette – Beowulf

New Hampshire Union Leader – Melanie Hitchcock  – Flavors

Special Section

Class 3

Business NH – Diversity & NH

Business NH – Food Issue

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – ‘The Dean Murder – 100 Years Later’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Veterans’ Day 2018

Class 1

Nashua Telegraph – Football 2018

New Hampshire Union Leader – Top 10 Things to do in New Hampshire

Valley News – Athletes of the Year 2018

Feature Story

Class 4

New Boston Beacon – Gail Parker – “Death of a National Champion”

New Boston Beacon – Dan Rothman – “Bicycles in New Boston history”

Class 3

Business NH – Judi Currie – Big Events, Big Bucks

Business NH – Judi Currie – Food Insecurity in Prosperous NH

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘Surviving on Snow in the Battle of the Bulge’

Class 2

InDepthNH – Nancy West – Andrew Butler of Hollis_  ‘I do appreciate all the support’

Class 1

New Hampshire Public Radio – Britta Greene – Squirrels Wreaking House Havoc

The Valley News – Nora Doyle-Burr – More Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

The Valley News – Tris Wykes – Whatever You Are, We Love You’: A Norwich Native’s Search For Identity

Entertainment Reporting

Class 4

New Boston Beacon – Haley Dufour – “Erik Fey’s Haunted House a memory maker”

New Boston Beacon – Haley Dufour  – “Wilton Town Hall Theater: A piece of living history”

New Boston Beacon –  Keith Gentili – “20 Questions with Alex Preston”

Class 3

Derry News – Julie Huss – Honoring Derry’s ‘doughboys’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript -Ben Conant –   ‘Life and Death’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Meghan Pierce – ‘One for the Books’

Class 1

Keene Sentinel – Meg McIntyre – 17 Rox’s affordable studios give artists space to create in downtown Keene

Manchester Union Leader – Julia Ann Weekes – Heroic yet Human: Currier Museum brings works of Augustus Saint-Gaudens to Manchester

Valley News – David Corriveau –  Versatile Artist Jarvis Antonio Green Has Found an Audience in the Upper Valley

Columnist of the Year

Class 4

New Boston Beacon -Keith Gentili

Class 2

InDepthNH – Susan Dromey Heeter

InDepthNH – Gary Rayno – InDepthNH

Class 1

Conway Daily Sun – William Marvel

The Telegraph – Dean Shalhoup

Mark Hayward – New Hampshire Union Leader

Valley News – Jim Kenyon

Health Reporting

Class 4  

New Boston Beacon – Sandy Judd – Sculpt Your Health

New Hampshire Business Review – Bob Sanders – Rising drug costs scrutinized

Class 3

BusinessNH – Melanie Plenda – How New Leadership is Putting the Manchester VA Back on Track

BusinessNH – Melanie Plenda – ERs Compete Head to Head

Class 2

The Rochester Voice – Harrison Thorp – Mental health three part series

Class 1

Concord Monitor – Leah Willingham – Stolen Memories

Conway Daily Sun – Terry Leavitt – Memorial Hospital changes

Laconia Daily Sun – Roger Carroll – A journey through NH’s mental health system

Business and Economic Reporting

Class 4

New Hampshire Business Review – Bob Sanders Brookstone Bankruptcy

Class 3

Business NH – Casey Conley – Dover’s Economic Explosion Positions City for the Future

Business NH – Judi Currie – Where Companies Want to “B”

Class 2

IndepthNH – Gary Rayno – Northern Pass

Class 1

Foster’s Daily Democrat – Kyle Stucker – Frisbie Memorial Hospital financial issues

Foster’s Daily Democrat – Kyle Stucker – Rochester Fair

Portsmouth Herald –  Jeff McMenemy – James Boyle takes on the city of Portsmouth

Photo Essay

Class 1

Concord Monitor – Geoff Forester – Alzheimer’s Stories

Valley News – Jennifer Hauck – Muriel’s Donuts

Valley News – James M. Patterson – Mandy Dube

Feature Photo

Class 3

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘Decisions, Decisions’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘Baseball’s Bubbles Burst’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘End of an Era’

Class 1

Conway Daily Sun – Jamie Gemmiti – Llamas make me happy

New Hampshire Union Leader – Dave Lane – Mom now focuses on daughter who died in jail

The Valley News – James M. Patterson – Catch of the Day

Spot News Photo

Class 1

Conway Daily Sun – Daymond Steer – Conway man charged before, after fight with police

General News Photo

Class 1

Nashua Telegraph – Mathew Plamondon – Drumming

Valley News – Jennifer Hauck – After the Fire

Valley News – James M. Patterson – Eviction

Sports Page

Class 3

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘All-Stars’

Class 1

Nashua Telegraph – Alan Greenwood

Valley News – David Bailey

Valley News – David Bailey

Sports Photo

Class 3

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript –  Ben Conant – ‘Orioles Flying High’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘Don’t Look Now’

Class 1

Concord Monitor – Geoff Forester – Bowled over

Valley News – Jennifer Hauck – Ski Jump

Valley News – James M. Patterson – Backwards Dive

Sports Feature Photo

Class 1

Conway Daily Sun – Jamie Gemmiti – Unicycle racer on Mount Washington

Valley News – Jennifer Hauck – Peeking Through the Glass

Valley News – James M. Patterson – Hockey Hug

Sports Columnist of the Year

Class 1

Dean Shalhoup – Nashua Telegraph

Mike Whaley – Foster’s Daily Democrat

D. Quincy Whitney – Nashua Telegraph

Sports Feature

Class 4

New Boston Beacon – Erik Fey – The beauty, danger of skiing Tuckerman Ravine

New Boston Beacon – Keith Gentili – “Southern NH’s alpine zone”

New Boston Beacon – Keith Gentili – Conquering the NH 48

Class 3

Derry News – David Willis – Former Central standout Clark a key to Pinkerton’s defense

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘Region Mourns Longtime Coach’

Class 1

Keene Sentinel – Paul Miller – Happy Warrior: Fall Mountain senior Zoey Luopa dishes assists, leads with aplomb

Valley News – Tris Wykes – What Price Glory? For Top H.S. Athletes, Next Level Isn’t Always What They Envisioned

Valley News – Tris Wykes – Family Left to Pray, Hope for Former Dartmouth Quarterback

Sports News

Class 3

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Ben Conant – ‘Dublin Girls Achieve Unprecedented Feat’

Class 1

Foster’s Daily Democrat – Mike Whaley  – Bobcats executed the one play they had to

Keene Sentinel – Michael M. McMahon, Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan – Monadnock football championship

New Hampshire Union Leader – Joe Duball – End of an era as SNHU’s Spirou steps down

Rookie of the year

Class 1

Brett Guerringue – Conway Daily Sun

Hanna LaClaire – Nashua Telegraph

Grace Pecci – Nashua Telegraph

Mathew Plamondon – Nashua Telegraph

Crime/Court Reporting

Class 4

Tony Schinella – After 3 Decades, New Evidence Could Solve Missing NH Teen Case

New Boston Beacon -Keith Gentili – “The Winslow Case”

New Boston Beacon – Jen O’Brien – “Police Chief Brace details lawsuit against town”

Class 3

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Nicholas Handy and Meghan Pierce – Brandon Chicklis murder investigation

Class 1

Lawrence Eagle Tribune – Breanna Edelstein, Zoe Mathews – Chevalier case

The Nashua Telegraph – Dean Shalhoup – Landmark plea deal

New Hampshire Public Radio – Jason Moon – Bear Brook Podcast

Investigative story/series

Class 4

The Bow Times – Charles G. Douglas, III – Harry Judd & PSNH

Jason Schreiber and Kim Houghton – Guidance Counselor Guilty of Sexual Assault Fallout

Ryan Lessard – Salem Police Series

Class 2

Nancy West – IndepthNH – Laurie’s List

Class 1

The Keene Sentinel – Sierra Hubbard – BetterBone Inc.

New Hampshire Public Radio – Casey McDermott  – Voting Rights

The Portsmouth Herald -Jeff McMenemy  – The Coakley Landfill Group

Spot news story

Class 4

Marie MacDonald – New Boston Beacon – “NBCS Library Honors Veterans”

Class 3

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Meghan Pierce – ‘Murder Suspect Arrested’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Meghan Pierce – ‘Fiery Tesla Crash Injures Three’

Class 1

Foster’s Daily Democrat – John Doyle, Kyle Stucker, Brian Early – Gonic police-involved shooting

The Nashua Telegraph – Dean Shalhoup – Fire Destroys Lock Street Home

New Hampshire Union Leader – Mark Hayward – One daughter dead and another in danger, a Manchester mom grieves

General news story

Class 4

The Bow Times – Charles G. Douglas, III – Harry Judd and PSNH

New Boston Beacon –  Jen O’Brien – “Unlikely partners clean up road”

Class 3

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Meghan Pierce – ‘Home At Last’

New Hampshire Business Review – Michael Kitch – The other New Hampshire

New Hampshire Business Review – Bob Sanders – White supremacists target state’s diversity efforts

Class 2

The Rochester Voice – Harrison Thorp – The Heroin Crisis

The Rochester Voice – Harrison Thorp – 10-year-anniversary story of teenage girls hit by train

The Rochester Voice – Harrison Thorp – Mike Burns death case

Class 1

The Concord Monitor – Leah Willingham – Finding Hope

New Hampshire Public Radio – Annie Ropeik – Coakley Landfill: PFAS Fears

New Hampshire Public Radio – Todd Bookman – Todd Bookman

Editorial writing

Class 4

Charles G. Douglas, III – Bow Times

Patrick Cronin – Hampton Union

Class 3

Matt Mowry – Business NH

Class 1

Bill Bilodeau – Keene Sentinel

Casey Junkins – Nashua Telegraph

Ernie Kohlsaat – Valley News

Photographer of the year

Class 3

Ben Conant – Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Class 1

Geoff Forester – Concord Monitor

Jamie Gemmiti – Conway Daily Sun

General Excellence, digital presence

Class 2

InDepthNH

Manchester Inklink

Class 1

New Hampshire Public Radio

WMUR-TV

General Excellence Radio

New Hampshire Public Radio

General Excellence, magazine

BusinessNH

General Excellence, non-daily newspaper

Class 4

Exeter Newsletter

Hampton Union

New Hampshire Business Review

General Excellence, daily newspaper

Concord Monitor

Conway Daily Sun

New Hampshire Union Leader

Community Service Award

Class 4

The Bow Times – Michelle Vecchione – Supporting a Community Building

Class 3

Business NH – #METoo Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

BusinessNH – Busting Disability Myths

BusinessNH – Diversity & NH

Class 2

Northern Pass Archives – InDepthNH

Class 1

The Concord Monitor –  Leah Willingham – “Finding Hope”

Foster’s Daily Democrat – Kyle Stucker – Homelessness in the Tri-Cities

New Hampshire Union Leader – Roberta Baker – “Silver Linings”

Lifetime achievement Award

Nancy West – IndepthNH

John DiStaso – New Hampshire Union Leader

Dean Shalhoup – The Nashua Telegraph

Joe McQuaid – New Hampshire Union Leader

Dennis Joos Memorial Award

Roberta Baker – New Hampshire Union Leader – Silver Linings

Roger Carroll – Laconia Daily Sun – A journey through NH’s mental health system

Nancy West – IndepthNH – Secure Psychiatric Unit

First Amendment

Class 1

Foster’s Daily Democrat – Joshua Flynn motion to compel

Nashua Telegraph – Stephan Condodemetraky Classic Cars Bankruptcy

New Hampshire Union Leader – Mark Hayward – DCYF settles child abuse lawsuits in secret

Journalist of the year

Mark Hayward – New Hampshire Union Leader

Adam Urquhart – Nashua Telegraph

Shawne K. Wickham – New Hampshire Union Leader

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