Publick Occurrences Award

2015 New England Newspaper of the Year

This award recognizes the very best work that New England newspapers produce each year— whether it’s individual or team stories, series, spot news coverage, columns or photojournalism that ran in print and/or online. NENPA presents up to 16 Publick Occurrences awards to member newspapers annually. 

The award was established in 1990 to recognize individual and team merit at New England newspapers to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of Publick Occurrences, the first newspaper published in America. Four days after it appeared in Boston in 1690, Publick Occurrences was suppressed by the royal governor.

2016 Publick Occurrences Award Winners
for Outstanding Journalism

Hartford Courant
"Portraits of Addiction"

The Eye/New England Center for Investigative Reporting
“Out of the shadows”

Sentinel & Enterprise
“The Alphabet”

The Day
“I-95: Deadly, Overcrowded”

The Providence Journal
“Race in Rhode Island”

Daily Hampshire Gazette
“Letters from inside”

Sun Journal
“Benefit Bartering – Growing form of fraud: EBT cards to buy drugs”

Burlington Free Press
“DCF Employee slain in Barre”

The Republican
“Opioid Crisis: Justin Morin Story”

The Herald News
“Future of Fall River”

Hartford Courant
“Soccer Stadium Investigation”

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
“Lottery: Selling hope to the hopeless”

Vineyard Gazette
“Coastal ponds under pressure”

The Inquirer and Mirror
“Ethics, the Land Bank and a Public Trust”

Andover Townsman
“Opiate Crisis Hits Home”

Entries for the Publick Occurrences awards are due in June. The awards are presented at the NENPA Fall Conference in October.

For more information, please contact:
Megan Sherman

Promoting Growth and Excellence in New England Newspapers since 1950