Cape Cod Times Reaps Top Awards at NENPA Contest

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The Cape Cod Times received 34 awards in the New England Newspaper & Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest, including Journalist of the Year honors for staff writer Patrick Cassidy, and general excellence for newspapers with circulation of 40,000 or higher, the top award in the competition.

New England has some of the best newspapers in the country, so it's gratifying to be recognized with this honor.

The Cape Cod Times received 34 awards in the New England Newspaper & Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest, including Journalist of the Year honors for staff writer Patrick Cassidy, and general excellence for newspapers with circulation of 40,000 or higher, the top award in the competition.

"It's such a pleasure to see Patrick recognized by his peers with this great award," said Times editor Paul Pronovost. "Patrick works so hard every day and he cares so much about what he does. Whether he's covering the Cape's wastewater issues, running to a fire scene, or interviewing a family member who lost a loved one, Patrick gives his heart and soul to his reporting every day."

While Cassidy was singled out for his exceptional year, Pronovost said the general excellence award is proof of the consistent excellence of the Times' journalism. "New England has some of the best newspapers in the country, so it's gratifying to be recognized with this honor."

The Times also received the first-place award for general news story for the coverage of the death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. Judges said: "In dazzling color — photographically and in words — they gave readers one last, long look at a native son and national hero."

Judges also recognized CapeCodOnline's destination section, OnCape. "By far the best special web section in its class, the exhaustive site does everything except eat the lobster roll for you."

Other first-place awards included: Aaron Gouveia, spot news story; Patrick Cassidy and Doug Fraser, environmental reporting; Bill Mills, editorial writing; arts and entertainment section; sports section; James Warren, illustration; James Warren, infographics; Merrily Lunsford, feature photo; Merrily Lunsford, pictorial photo; Jim Preston, photo illustration; and online photo slide show.

Second-place awards included: Mary Ann Bragg, educational reporting; Patrick Cassidy, business and economic reporting; Patrick Cassidy, environmental reporting; George Brennan, history reporting; overall design; right-to-know; Steve Heaslip, spot news photo; and Jim Preston, photo illustration.

Third-place awards included: Jake Berry and Stephanie Vosk, general news story; Melanie Lauwers, health reporting; Mary Ann Bragg, human interest feature; Michael Medwar, special section; front page; Merrily Lunsford, feature photo; Ron Schloerb, general news photo; Paul Blackmore, pictorial photo; Ron Schloerb, sports photo; and overall newspaper website

Sarah Shemkus received an honorable mention award for business and economic reporting and Merrily Lunsford was a finalist for Photographer of the Year.

Nearly 3,000 entries from New England daily and weekly newspapers were submitted to the Better Newspaper Contest. Results were announced at NENPA's annual convention, held at the Park Plaza Hotel & Towers in Boston this weekend.

-CAPE COD TIMES

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