Bangor Daily News wins New England award

Posted March 13, 2009, at 1:29 p.m.

BOSTON — The Bangor Daily News was named the best daily newspaper of its size in New England at a Friday gathering of the New England Newspaper Association.

The BDN was one of nine daily-Sunday and one weekly newspaper that were honored as Newspapers of the Year.

“The Newspaper of the Year Award is a tribute to the dedication of everyone at the Bangor Daily News to produce, package and deliver a quality newspaper every day,” publisher Richard J. Warren said. “I am proud of this recognition on behalf of all of us at the Bangor Daily News.”

“It reflects our commitment to teamwork and service to our readers and advertisers, who also benefit from the close working relationship between departments within the Bangor Daily News,” said executive editor Mark Woodward. “It’s a group achievement, and we all can take pride in this award.”

The newspapers were judged in several areas — quality of reporting, editing, content, photography and design.

A team of five judges praised the Bangor Daily News in written comments for its commitment to presenting local and state news, its comprehensive content, strong editorial page and use of photography.

Also drawing praise from the judges were the BDN’s innovative ClickBack editorial feature; the writing of reporter Meg Haskell and the community news column of Joni Averill.

In addition, 20 other newspapers were named Distinguished Newspapers at the association’s annual spring publishers conference.

The winners were:

Category 1, daily, circulation to 13,500: Newspaper of the year: Gloucester, Mass., Daily Times. Distinguished newspapers: The Daily News, Newburyport, Mass.; Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, N.H.

Category 2, daily, circulation 13,501-22,500: Newspaper of the year: Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass. Distinguished newspapers: The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Mass.; Concord Monitor, Concord, N.H.

Category 3, daily circulation 22,501-35,000: Newspaper of the year: The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass. Distinguished newspapers: The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.; The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass.

Category 4, daily, circulation 35,001-60,000: Newspaper of the year: Bangor Daily News. Distinguished newspapers: The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.; Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

Category 5, daily circulation 60,001 and up: Newspaper of the year: Portland, Maine, Press Herald. Distinguished newspapers: Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, Mass.; Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, Conn.

Category 6, Sunday circulation to 25,000: Newspaper of the year: Sunday Monitor, Concord, N.H. Distinguished newspapers: Sunday Valley News, West Lebanon, N.H.; The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Mass.

Category 7, Sunday circulation 25,001-to 39,999: Newspaper of the year: The Sunday Telegraph, Nashua, N.H. Distinguished newspapers: The Sunday Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.; The Sunday Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.

Category 8, Sunday circulation 40,000-70,000: Newspaper of the year: The Day, New London, Conn. Distinguished newspapers: Sunday Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.; The Patriot Ledger Weekend, Quincy, Mass.

Category 9, Sunday circulation 70,001 and up: Newspaper of the year: Maine Sunday Telegram, Portland, Maine. Distinguished newspapers: Sunday Telegram, Worcester, Mass.; Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, Conn.

Class 10. Weekly. Newspaper of the year: The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, Mass. Distinguished newspapers: Provincetown Banner, Provincetown, Mass.; The Foxboro, Mass., Reporter.

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