The New England Newspaper and Press Affiliation honored The Republican and Sunday Republican as distinguished newspapers of the 12 months for 2021.
The popularity was introduced just lately in the course of the fall convention of the affiliation. The occasion was held just about on account of persevering with issues in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Awards are fantastic, and we respect them. What’s much more fantastic is the day-to-day work of our reporters and editors, who stand on their heads to inform the neighborhood’s story on a straight-up foundation, striving onerous for objectivity and equity in a world that appears to be forgetting what which means,” stated George Arwady, writer and CEO of The Republican.
The Distinguished Newspaper honors got here within the each day and Sunday classes for newspapers with weekday circulations over 20,000 and Sunday circulations of greater than 25,000. This marks the fourth straight 12 months through which The Republican and Sunday Republican landed within the prime honors amongst New England newspapers. In 2019, The Republican was Newspaper of the Yr in each the each day and Sunday classes.
The awards are based mostly on a overview of two editions in every class, one in every of which could be chosen by the entrants and the opposite an version designated by the judges’ panel. Then, the papers are reviewed, and the honors decided by consultants’ and readers’ impressions of the standard of the reporting and writing, use of images, design and presentation, on-line providing, and total utility and worth.
“Being named a Distinguished Newspaper of the Yr for each our Sunday and each day editions is an honor we don’t take evenly, particularly amid this pandemic. It’s a complete group effort, from promoting to circulation to our press group,” stated Cynthia G. Simison, govt editor. “Our content material and publications groups work onerous in tandem to maintain every day’s newspaper an fascinating and informative product for our readers. It’s rewarding to know the judges acknowledge the onerous work and creativity by all.”
Within the feedback delivered by the judges, there was reward for the native information protection, in addition to for the standard of images and the “distinctive quantity” of promoting.
Within the feedback on the weekday entry, the judges wrote: “It offered all the information tales that I wish to see if I lived there” and “good coloration all through the newspaper.”
Among the many feedback on the Sunday entry, the judges wrote, “I used to be drawn extra to the numerous particular options and sections of the paper, slightly than the information,” and “All kinds of tales, lots of them caught my eye.” On the standard of images, judges wrote: “The images on this newspaper is excellent,” and “The images assist the tales and draw the readers in.” On high quality of native information protection, one decide stated, “top quality native information protection.”
Within the each day class, Newspaper of the Yr honors went to the Republican-American of Waterbury, Connecticut, and the Windfall Journal was additionally named a distinguished newspaper. Within the Sunday class, the Windfall Sunday Journal was named Newspaper of the Yr, and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette joined The Republican as a distinguished newspaper for 2021.
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