Gazette wins bevy of press awards at annual newspaper competition

  • This photo, of a student working on a laptop in a bathroom stall during a demonstration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, won honorable mention for general news photography in the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition. Students had occupied the bathroom in support of gender neutral bathrooms on campus. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/Carol Lollis

  • This photo, of a family visit at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in July 2017, won third place for general news photography in the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition. The photo captures a tender moment between inmate Jose Collazo, of Springfield, his partner and his two children. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/Sarah Crosby

  • Newspapers are displayed in advance of the New England Better Newspaper Competition awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Newspapers are displayed in advance of the New England Better Newspaper Competition awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

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Published: 2/26/2018 1:05:31 PM

BOSTON – The Daily Hampshire Gazette took home multiple awards Saturday in the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition, competing with similarly sized news organizations in the six states.

Photojournalists Sarah Crosby and Carol Lollis, sports reporter and columnist Matt Vautour, page designer Lucy Pickett, and former Gazette reporter Amanda Drane all received awards for their work. Reporters, photojournalists and a designer from two other Newspapers of New England publications in Massachusetts also received honors.

“We're proud that Amanda, Sarah, Carol, Lucy and Matt are among those singled out for recognition by our peers,” Gazette Interim Editor Debra Scherban said. “They do stellar work week in and week out and it's gratifying to see them honored this way.”

Crosby and Lollis were honored for general news photography. Crosby won third place for her photo depicting a family visit at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in July 2017. The photo captured a tender moment between inmate Jose Collazo, his partner and his two children.

Lollis won honorable mention for general news photography for a photo which showed a person working on their laptop in a bathroom stall during a demonstration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students had occupied the bathroom in support of gender neutral bathrooms on campus.

Judges described the photo as a “really funny general news image!”

Vautour won second place in the sports columnist division. New England Newspaper & Press Association judges described Vautour’s column on NBA Assistant Coach Becky Hammon being the right choice for any Power Five school looking for a men’s hoop coach as “persuasive.”

“You want to believe what he is saying will happen,” the judges wrote. “Vautour does what a columnist is supposed to do: convince you.”

A first place award went to Amanda Drane, a former Gazette reporter. Drane won top honors for investigative reporting for her Under the Table series, which looked at working conditions at some Asian restaurants in the county. The series led state, federal and municipal leaders to call for an investigation and new legislation targeting the underpayment of immigrant restaurant workers.

“An in-depth, meticulously documented investigative series that examines an important and interesting topic. Amanda Drane’s reporting sheds light on this underground economy,” NENPA judges wrote.

Pickett won second place for overall design and presentation for her work on the Under the Table series. The judges described Pickett’s work saying the story package was nicely produced, using photos and design to help tell the story. Judges also noted that the remainder of the newspaper was strong, consistent and easy to navigate.

The Valley Advocate’s Jennifer Levesque, as art director, won second place in the category of front page weekly. The award-winning cover was from the Nov. 10–16, 2017, edition which ran shortly after Donald Trump was elected president. 

“Energetic mix of image and words. While the photo makes clear that the subject is the president-elect, the text turns the frustration around by putting responsibility on voters and the country, invoking readers,” the judges wrote.

Levesque also received third place for overall design and presentation of a special section and second place for overall design and presentation in the weekly publication category.

Reporters and photojournalists with the Gazette’s sister paper The Greenfield Recorder also took home awards. In the category of spot news video, reporter  Andy Castillo and photojournalists Paul Franz and Matt Burkhartt won first place. Reporter Richie Davis won first place in the category of local personality profile. Former Recorder reporter Aviva Luttrell won second place for a sports feature story.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettnet.com.


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