PBN takes top honors for overall excellence, 38 Studios coverage

Providence Business News was named New England Newspaper of the Year for specialty publications by the New England Newspaper & Press Association at the organization’s 2013 Fall Conference Thursday. More

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PBN takes top honors for overall excellence, 38 Studios coverage

PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS staff writer Patrick Anderson's coverage of the 38 Studios meltdown -- featured here on PBN's June 4, 2012, front page -- won a Publick Occurrences award at the New England Newspaper & Press Association's 2013 Fall Conference. The organization also named PBN New England Newspaper of the Year for specialty publications.
Posted 10/11/13

NATICK, Mass. – Providence Business News was named New England Newspaper of the Year for specialty publications by the New England Newspaper & Press Association at the organization’s 2013 Fall Conference Thursday.

In addition, PBN’s print-edition coverage of the effects of the 38 Studios implosion, authored by staff writer Patrick Anderson, earned a Publick Occurrences award.

The Newspaper of the Year competition uses experts and readers to evaluate newspapers’ quality of writing and reporting, use of photos, design and presentation, online offerings, and overall utility and value, as judged in different circulation categories. PBN was named a “Distinguished Newspaper,” an honorable mention in the Newspaper of the Year program, in 2010 and 2012.

The Publick Occurrences Award is presented to recognize individual and team merit for a body of work at a New England newspaper, in memory of the first North American newspaper published in 1690 in Boston. Anderson’s portfolio of work explored the effects of the bankruptcy of 38 Studios on the state’s economic development environment. PBN previously garnered a Publick Occurrences award for its print and online coverage of the March 2010 floods.

A number of other newspapers in the region earned honors at the 2013 conference as well, including:

  • The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Newspaper of the Year for weekday newspapers with circulation of 25,000 to 45,000.

  • The North East Independent of North Kingstown and East Greenwich, Newspaper of the Year for weekly community newspapers with circulation of less than 3,000.

  • The Westerly Sun, Publick Occurrences for articles examining open-meeting issues and the attempts of a public official to obtain a job illegally.

In addition, the Taunton Daily Gazette and the South County Independent, of South Kingstown and Narragansett, were named Distinguished Newspapers in the weekday newspaper with circulation less than 10,000 and weekly community newspapers with circulation of 3,000 to 8,000 categories, respectively.

PBN has earned top three honors for general excellence of weekly publications with circulation greater than 6,000 in NENPA’s annual Better Newspaper Competition in four of the last five years, including taking top honors for its work in 2009.

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