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PBN honored by New England professional association for 2010 work

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BOSTON – Providence Business News garnered recognition for its coverage of the March 2010 floods as well as its headlines in the 2010 New England Better Newspaper Contest, announced Saturday night by the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

PBN placed second in the Headline Writing category for weekly publications with a circulation of greater than 6,000.

“Good fits on briefs headlines [showing] that staff took time even on smaller parts of issue to make them professional and good," contest judges said about the PBN submission. “Complex topics conveyed with precision, clarity in headlines throughout this good-looking business tab, feels just right for nature of publication.”

The staff received third place in the Business/Economic Reporting category for its coverage of the March floods.

“In a year where large-scale floods were reported on in other areas of the country – kudos to this business tab for engaging its entire staff in learning about and reporting on this regional disaster,” said the judges, adding: “This report not only serves the primary business community affected – but the entire population touched by this flood.”

The awards were presented at the organization’s annual meeting and banquet, held at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel, attended by dailies, weeklies and other publications from across New England.

Also receiving honors in the contest was the NorthEast Independent of North Kingstown, which took home first place for General Excellence in the Weekly Class A category. Individual recognition was given to Peter Pereira of The Standard-Times in New Bedford, who was named Photographer of the Year in the Daily Class, and Susan Parkou Weinstein of the Raynham Call, who was named Journalist of the Year in the Weekly Class.

Other editorial awards given to local newspapers in the contest:

  • The Block Island Times – first place, Serious Columnist

  • Bridgewater Independent – first place, Web Special Section

  • The Herald News, Fall River – third place, General News Story; second place, History Reporting; first place, Serious Columnist; first place, Sports Column

  • Mansfield News – second place, Government Reporting; second place, Editorial Page

  • The Providence Phoenix – third place, Environmental Reporting; first place, Reporting on Religious Issues; first and second places, Social Issues Feature Story

  • The Raynham Call – first place, Arts & Entertainment Reporting; second place, Business/Economic Reporting; first place, Human Interest Feature Story; second place, Humor Columnist; second place, Social Issues Feature Story; second place, Convergence

  • Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly – first place, Illustration

  • South County Independent, South Kingstown – first place, Humor Columnist; first place, Spot News Story; first place, Front Page; first place, Community Involvement in the Paper; third place, General News Photo

  • The Standard-Times – second place, Business/Economic Reporting; second place, Coverage of a Racial or Ethnic Issue; second place, Editorial Writing; first place, Editorial Cartoon; first place, Environmental Reporting; third place, History Reporting; third place, Humor Columnist; second place, Sports Column; first place, Spot News Story; second place, Editorial Page; third place, Sports Page or Section; first and second places, Infographics; first place, Design; third place, Headline Writing; second place, Right-to-Know; second place, Local Election Coverage; third place, General News Photo; first and second places, Photo Series; first place, Pictorial Photo; first place, Sports Photo; third place, Photo Illustration; second place, Video; third place, News Presentation; second place, Web Special Section; first and second place, Audio Slideshow

  • Standard Times, North Kingstown – third place, General News Story; second place, Sports Column; first place, Special Award; second place, Photo Illustration

  • The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro – third place, Arts & Entertainment Reporting; second place, Reporting on Religious Issues; third place, Sports Story; second place, Spot News Story; second place, Transportation/Commuter Reporting; first place, Living Page of Section; second place, Headline Writing; third place, Personality Photo; second place, Sports Photo; first place, Photo Illustration; second place, Video; third place, Web Special Section; first place, Overall Newspaper Web Site

  • Taunton Daily Gazette – first place, Social Issues Feature Story

NENPA also voted PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy onto its board of directors at the meeting.

To access stories published by Providence Business News on the floods, click on the links below:

  • PBN Flood Coverage, Digital Edition for April 5 - 11, 2010

  • PBN Flood Coverage, Digital Edition for April 12 - 18, 2010

  • PBN Flood Coverage, Digital Edition for April 19 - 25, 2010

  • PBN Flood Coverage, Digital Edition for April 26 – May 2, 2010

  • PBN Flood Coverage, Digital Edition for May 3 - 9, 2010

  • PBN Flood Coverage, Digital Edition for May 10 - 16, 2010

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