The COVID-19 pandemic has forced several changes in our 2019 Excellence in Journalism Contest schedule.
Foremost, the awards banquet scheduled for May 28 at Saint Anselm College has been canceled.
However, the NHPA Board of Directors feels strongly that there still should be a live event if at all possible. Considering the circumstances, we believe it is more important than ever for members to have the opportunity to gather and celebrate their accomplishments.
We are working with the college on conducting the banquet in late August provided it would not jeopardize public health. If that is not possible, we will likely do some kind of live streaming of awards.
Also, because many of our judges have been adversely affected by the impact of the pandemic on their news organizations, we have extended the judging deadline to the end of May. So instead of announcing the list of finalists this month, the notice is now planned for release the first week in June.