Press receives honors from New England association

The Ridgefield Press was recognized  at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Competition last weekend.

Press reporter Steve Coulter was named Rookie of the Year and the newspaper won first place for General Excellence in the Weekly Class 1 category, which is one of five circulation categories.

Press Sports Editor Tim Murphy, left, with reporter Steve Coulter and Editor Macklin Reid at the New England Newspaper and Press Association awards dinner at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston Feb. 8.

Press Sports Editor Tim Murphy, left, with reporter Steve Coulter and Editor Macklin Reid at the New England Newspaper and Press Association awards dinner at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston Feb. 8.

In a critique of award winners, judges wrote that The Press demonstrated “outstanding coverage scope, excellent use of traditional layout and design fundamentals to maximize impact” and a “great balance of columns/letters on the editorial page.”

Judges wrote that Mr. Coulter’s work was a “well-rounded collection of clips — investigative, business, feature, social media. Never easy to cover a beat and squeeze in time for an investigative piece, in this case the prescription drug series,” which ran in May 2013.

The judges continued, “Coulter has been given and taken the time to report on a range of society’s issues and has done a solid job. His work benefits the readers of The Ridgefild Press. Nice work.”

Press Editor Macklin Reid received an honorable mention for editorial writing. Press Sports Editor Tim Murphy won second place for sports column writing for a column he wrote for The Wilton Bulletin.

Cartoonist Doug Smith won two awards for cartoons that appeared in other Hersam Acorn newspapers.

Winners were chosen from around 3,200 entries from newspapers across the six-state region.

In all, Hersam Acorn Newspapers received 22 honors, including five first-place awards, six second-place awards, seven third-place awards, and an honorable mention in categories that included writing, editorials, design, and photography.

Hersam Acorn publisher Thomas Nash congratulated the award winners for their work. “It’s always gratifying being recognized by one’s peers. All of our employees are hard-working winners deserving of awards in their own right,” he said.

Martin Hersam, chief operating officer of Hersam Acorn, agreed, calling the nearly 200 employees of the media group “a remarkable group of professionals.”

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