Telegraph pockets 23 industry awards

BOSTON – The Telegraph was honored by the New England Press Association with 23 awards, including Newspaper of the Year for 2008, during the organization’s annual awards dinner Saturday at the Park Plaza Hotel.

“Wow . . . what a gorgeous newspaper,” the judges said. “This paper knows how to keep the readers’ attention. The articles are well-written with great technique.”Corey Perrine was named Photographer of the Year for a portfolio of work. In addition to Photographer of the Year, Perrine also received first-place awards for general news photo and photo series, as well as a second-place award for photo illustration.

“Extremely impressive,” the judges said. “Truly outstanding work!”

The Telegraph received 13 first-place awards, including one for general excellence.

“Most impressive is the Telegraph’s clean look, outstanding photography and excellent headlines,” the judges said. “This is a professional newspaper.”

Other first-place awards included:

n Government reporting for a series on congressional earmarks by Al McKeon.

n Education reporting by Michael Brindley.

n Editorial writing for a series of editorials by editor Dave Solomon.

Community involvement in the paper for the “Fairpoint Watch” project.

Health reporting for a series on substandard housing in Nashua by Stephanie Hooper.

Humor column for columns by Teresa Santoski.

Serious column for columns by Dean Shalhoup.

Sports column for columns by Alan Greenwood.

Personality photo by Bob Hammerstrom.

Web site video, Bob Hammerstrom.

Second-place awards included:

n Government reporting for an examination of lobbying in Concord by Kevin Landrigan.

n Social issues feature story for “In Transition” by Karen Lovett and Ashley Smith.

n Business and Economic Reporting for coverage of the Verizon to FairPoint switch.

n Editorial writing for a series of editorials by editorial page editor Nick Pappas.

n The Cabinet, a Telegraph affiliate weekly in Milford, received a first-place award for editorial writing for editorials by Michael Cleveland.

Third place awards included:

n Environmental reporting by David Brooks.

n General news photo, Corey Perrine.

n Social issues feature story by Pat Meighan for a series on homelessness in Nashua.

The Telegraph competed with other dailies from throughout New England in the small- to mid-size daily category. The contest was judged by editors from the New York Press Association.

The Telegraph was previously recognized by NEPA as Newspaper of the Year in 2003, 2006 and 2007.