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NHPA February 2024 newsletter

NH House Media Policy released

The Speaker of the House has responded to NHPA inquiries about rules governing the conduct of journalists at the Statehouse, providing us with a copy of the House Media policy dated January 2024 and agreeing to meet with NHPA President Brendan McQuaid to discuss our concerns.

NHPA members are welcome to share any questions or concerns they would like to have raised with the Speaker. Shoot an email to Brendan at, but do so soon because the meeting could come as early as next week.

Update on pending legislation

The Legislative Affairs Committee under the leadership of Annmarie Timmins (NH Bulletin) has been hard at work monitoring several bills, particularly HB 1002, which would impose onerous fees on Right to Know requesters.

Thanks to the hard work of the ACLU, NHPA and others invested in robust access to public information, the bill has been sent back to the Judiciary Committee for further review. Brendan was among those who testified in opposition.

In recent weeks, Brendan has also testified on behalf of the NHPA in opposition to a bill that would eliminate the requirement to have certain legal notices published in local newspapers (HB 1086); and has testified in support of a bill (HB 1696) that would require agencies subject to the RTK law to provide documents electronically when possible.

Copies of NHPA testimony on these three bills are attached.

Deadline extended for student contest

The deadline for submission in the NHPA Distinguished Journalism Contest for High Schools, Colleges and Universities has been extended to Friday, Feb. 16.

The deadline for the professional contest is March 4

Here are the pertinent links:

The contest homepage (All entries must go through this online platform):
The Professional Contest Rules (Essential Reading): 

The College and High School Contest Rules (Essential Reading):

A how-to for the online entry process


Remember: Your dues for 2023-2024 must be current to enter the contest. Any questions about the status of dues payment can be directed to me at

High School and College workshops taking shape

This program for this year’s student journalist event, April 12, at Keene State College, is taking shape, thanks to the hard work of our Contest and Education committees. We are looking at a 9 a.m. start (coffee), first workshop at 9:30, another workshop at 11. Lunch and awards program at 12:30, followed by open networking and a tour of Keene State student multimedia facilities. 

Here’s the workshop lineup

Podcasting with $100 Plus Mileage
Session leader: Dr. Kristen Nevious
Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Productions will offer a brief overview of how this award-
winning podcast, now in its fourth season, is produced. Handouts and links to sample
workflows, best practices and scripts will be provided. The session will include a live podcast
recording session, with Citizens Count’s Anna Brown and Mike Dunbar exploring the concerns
surrounding artificial intelligence that are emerging in the state legislature.

Tales from the Trenches: Student Journalists and the Right to Know
Session leader: Laura Simoes
This session explores the crucial role of student journalists in fostering transparency and
accountability within educational institutions and beyond. With media law expert Gregory V.
Sullivan, Esq., Dr. Marianne Salcetti, retired Keene State College professor, and Plymouth State student journalist Jacob Downey, this discussion delves into the legal rights and responsibilities of student journalists, the challenges you face in accessing information, and the impact of your work on promoting open dialogue and democratic values at your school and in your community. Downey will speak to efforts by PSU student journalists to break through the secrecy surrounding disbursement of proceeds from student activity fees.

Applications open for Student Journalism Award

The Brodsky Prize was established seven years ago by the late Jeffrey Brodsky and his father, Howard, to encourage innovation by student journalists. The $5,000 Prize is open to all high school students attending public, charter, or parochial schools in New Hampshire.

Judging criteria include a student’s journalistic initiative and enterprise, as well as what Jeffrey Brodsky called “a contrarian nature and out-of-the-box thinking.”  The deadline for applications is Saturday, April 20, 2024, at midnight.

Jeffrey Brodsky said of student journalism, “Working on the school newspaper was the most formative and meaningful high school experience for me — more than any classroom. It’s more important than ever for young journalists to push boundaries and to challenge authority, and they can start by using the power of their school paper just like the press in the professional world.”

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, helps oversee the award program and provides one of the judges, Executive Director Laura Simoes. Longtime judges are Howard Brodsky, Jeffrey’s father, and Co-founder & Chairman of CCA Global Partners; Misbah Tahir, former Little Green co-editor, now a biotechnology finance executive; former NH Union Leader and Sunday News president and publisher Joseph McQuaid, and Leah Todd Lin, VP of Audience Strategy for NH Public Radio.

More information on The Brodsky Prize, including past winners and application, is available at

Apply for transportation grants at

High School Journalism Collaborative summer journalism program

The New England High School Journalism Collaborative has announced an all-expense-paid summer workshop for students interested in journalism for the 37th year. The 2024 workshop dates are June 22 – June 29, 2024.

The program is intended for students who are from traditionally underserved populations. Some preference is given to current juniors and seniors in high school.

Students will work out of a newsroom at Simmons University in Boston and learn to report, write, edit for a newspaper, and produce multimedia projects for a website. They will be assigned stories, do interviews, and will be exposed to working on a deadline to create their own newspaper.

The New England Newspaper and Press Association will be assisting with the application process. Application guidelines are as follows:

1. Only students who attend high school in the New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) are eligible.

2.  Only students currently in high school may apply, including graduating seniors. The program is not accepting students who have already taken part in the program.

3. Students must be recommended by a teacher.

4. A letter of recommendation from the sponsoring teacher must accompany the application.

5. A transcript from the school with the student’s most recent grades must accompany the application.

6. An essay of no more than 500 words must accompany the application. The applicant can write about why they should be selected to participate in this program OR how writing has helped the applicant explore and understand a problem in their life.

7. Students will need to upload a headshot.

8. PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application with a link to a Dropbox folder to upload the required documents (letter of recommendation, transcript, personal essay, and headshot).

If you have problems using the form or uploading documents, you should email students@nenpa.comThe deadline for applications is Friday, April 12, 2024. Students will be notified of their status by the end of April.

Don’t miss the chance to take part in this unique program, established by the late Carole C. Remick more than 37 years ago.

If there are additional questions or if the applicant needs special accommodations to submit information, please email Leah Lamson, NEHSJC managing director, at

Membership update

The NHPA welcomes its newest member in the individual category, Carole Soule Carole is a freelance writer with a weekly column in the Concord Sunday Monitor. From her tagline: “Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm (, where she raises and sells beef, pork, eggs, and other local products. She can be reached at Carole also coaches humans, helping them achieve the impossible a little at a time.” Welcome Carole!

Dave Solomon
Executive Director
The NH Press Association

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