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February 16, 2014

Eagle-Tribune takes home 8 awards at NENPA

BOSTON—The Eagle-Tribune won eight journalism awards at a recent banquet held by The New England Newspaper and Press Association at the Park Plaza Hotel.The commendations were for outstanding stories, photos and videos during the association’s annual Better Newspaper competition. Daily and weekly newspapers from around New England submitted 3,200 samples of their work, which was judged by journalism experts from across the country. The Eagle-Tribune took home eight awards for stories, photos and videos.

Here’s a list of the winners and what the judges had to say about them:

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Third Place: Keith Eddings,

“The integrity of the election process is key to a functioning democracy. This story raises serious issues that go to the heart of an election.”

SPORTS PAGE OR SECTION

Second Place

“Great local sports section with interesting features, such as “college stars,” “10 years ago,” “Around the horn with... .”

EDITORIAL WRITING

First Place: Ken Johnson

“After reading Ken Johnson’s editorials, I wanted to take out a petition to recall the mayor! The subject matter was compelling and the tone of righteous indignation was appropriate.”

SPORTS COLUMN

Second Place: Bill Burt

“Burt looks at one example of a fallen athlete and instead of wondering what went wrong with the man asks why his mentors, coaches and fans looked the other way when he broke rules—and was alleged to have committed crimes—over and over again. Misbehaving athletes have plenty of their own problems, but, as Burt points out, some of the responsibility for their transgressions has to be held by the people around them who let them get away with too much.”

FEATURE VIDEO

First Place: Mary Schwalm

“Pow! The Eagle-Tribune serves up the perfect subject matter for a human interest story here, presented in an appropriately punchy manner. Excellent work.”

SPORTS VIDEO

Second Place: David Willis

“This talented sports reporter nicely captures the moment of victory.”

SPORTS PHOTO

First Place: Tim Jean

“We win! This is a very strong image of celebration and joy in sports. Fine image!”

Second Place: Mary Schwalm

“This is a fine basketball image proving that basketball is in fact a contact sport! Nice moment in a run-shoot, run-shoot sport. Well done!”

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