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Distinguished Journalism Contest closed to entries


The NHPA Distinguished Journalism Contest (professional class) was closed for entries on midnight, Friday, March 17.

We have nearly 500 entries representing a good cross-section of our membership, now in the hands of judges from outlets across the country.

Judging is complete in the high school and college contest, with all arrangements in place for a day-long education, awards and networking event on April 14 at UNH. Invitations have been extended to the colleges and high schools that entered, judges who will serve on a moderated panel discussion, and NHPA officers / committee members.

The event is open to all NHPA members. If you would like to attend, send an email to and I will send you the EventBrite invite for a free ticket.

‘Lunch and Learn’ on covering suicide

Suicide is a major public health issue, affecting individuals and communities across the world. The way in which media and online platforms report on suicide can have a significant impact on the mental health of individuals and the wider community.

To help navigate coverage of this issue, The Granite State News Collaborative, The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communication and NAMI NH will offer a one-hour Lunch and Learn presentation to discuss tips on how to cover suicide and answer questions.

The presentation will be ONLINE, April 13, from 12-1 pm. The session is free and is open to all newsroom staff.

Registration is required at this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information about this Lunch & Learn series, contact Melanie Plenda, GSNC executive director, or Laura Simoes, Loeb School executive director, the Light On: Holding Government Accountable

Public event on government transparency and the First Amendment

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides for the “right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But what does that mean and how does it work? On Thursday, March 16, from 5:30 pm – 7 pm, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and the New England First Amendment Coalition are celebrating Sunshine Week with an expert panel discussion, Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable.

This event will be held at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord.

This panel will examine the values of open and responsive government and how we all play a role. The conversation, moderated by Casey McDermott, reporter and editor at New Hampshire Public Radio, will feature Gilles Bissonnette, Legal Director, ACLU, New Hampshire; The Honorable N. William Delker, Justice, NH Superior Court; Emily Gray Rice, City Solicitor, City of Manchester, NH and Gregory V. Sullivan, Malloy & Sullivan, a First Amendment Law specialist and board member of both host organizations.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required at

Sunshine Week is a national initiative supported by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy. You can learn more about the co-hosts of this New Hampshire event at and

Nominate students for the Brodsky Prize

New Hampshire’s preeminent high school journalism award is inviting submissions for The 2023 Brodsky Prize, established by a former editor of the Manchester Central High School newspaper to encourage innovation by a new generation of student journalists. The $5000 Brodsky Prize is open to all New Hampshire high school students, attending public, charter, or parochial schools. This year’s Prize is open to students using traditional print journalism and those producing news via electronic media, including broadcasting, podcasting, and blogging.

Judging criteria include a student’s journalistic initiative and enterprise, as well as what Jeffrey Brodsky calls “a contrarian nature and out-of-the-box thinking.”  Interested students should submit examples of their work that are illustrative of the prize criteria, including links to electronic submissions, along with a completed application. Applications can be submitted at The deadline is March 31, 2023.

The Brodsky Prize is administered by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. More information on The Brodsky Prize, including past winners, is available at More information about the Loeb School can be found at

Committee on Judiciary and the Media schedules another great program

Please save the date, May 19, noon to 2 p.m., for a virtual training session hosted by the Committee on the Judiciary and the Media. Looks like it’s going to be a great program:

Topics to include:

Constitutional Rights: The NH and U.S. constitutions guarantee right of access to governmental proceedings, including the courts. A reminder of why our founders enshrined these rights, where to find that language in the state and federal constitutions and how those words guide and empower us today. Jeremy Eggleton and Katy Sullivan. 

Right to Access governmental proceedings: Governmental proceedings are presumed to be open to the public with a few limited exceptions. What are those exceptions and what to do if you believe an illegal meeting is/has taken place. Greg and Katy Sullivan.

Right to Know: How to write an effective Right to Know request and how to challenge an unreasonable RTK request denial. Gilles Bissonnette with Annmarie Timmons providing insights from a reporter’s perspective.

Meet NH’s RTK Ombudsman: Thomas Kehr (He has written to say he will likely be able to attend) 

Important recent NH Supreme Court decisions: Several recent NH supreme court cases have greatly improved access for journalists and the public to police personnel records. Here’s what you should know. Gilles Bissonnette. 

RTK Legislation of Interest: Annmarie Timmons, chair of the NHPA Legislative Affairs Committee.

NENPA convention set for May 5-6

Mark your calendar! The annual New England Newspaper Convention will be held May 5-6, 2023, at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel.

NENPA is shaking things up a bit this year with a new location and schedule. To be sensitive to everyone’s time—we’re offering several virtual sessions and presenting the in-person workshops, roundtable discussions, and trade show on one fast-paced day.

Plan to join hundreds of industry professionals for exceptional training, networking with friends and colleagues, and of course, honoring the best in the New England newspaper industry.

The full schedule and more details will be available near the end of March. If there are specific topics that you’d like NENPA to offer, please let them know by sending an email to


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