The Bangor Daily News received four awards in the 2012 New England Associated Press News Executives Association contest, results of which were announced Friday. The BDN was recognized in the Class 1 category, which includes the largest newspaper organizations in the region.
The BDN took first-place in three categories: Overall Website, under the leadership of online editor William P. Davis; Informational graphic, produced by director of graphics Eric Zelz and online product manager Martha Ward; and Sports column, written by outdoors editor John Holyoke.
The BDN also received a third-place award for its use of the social network Twitter to break news. In addition to Davis, assistant sports editor Peter Warner, political reporter Matt Stone and former reporter Eric Russell were honored for their use of Twitter.
Davis has spearheaded the BDN’s effort to make its website among the most-visited in the region, with more than 1.5 million unique visitors each month. The entire BDN staff is dedicated to being a digital-first news organization, meaning once confirmed, news is posted as quickly as possible. In addition to staff, more than 90 bloggers and columnists contribute to the site, along with many members of the community.
Holyoke was honored for his columns about a youngster’s first trip to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox; How to call turkeys; and how the death of owner Jim Carter affected the Munsungan hunting and fishing camp.