BOSTON — The Provincetown Independent was named Newspaper of the Year among weekly publications over 5,000 circulation at the annual fall conference of the New England Newspaper and Press Association on Dec. 8. The two runners-up in the over-5,000 group were frequent winners of the award in the past: Seven Days, a Vermont statewide weekly with a circulation of more than 35,000, and the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, which was founded in 1821.
The contest “is the only distinction of its kind in the newspaper industry that is judged by audience members,” according to the press association. “New England newspaper readers are appointed to evaluate the entries from a news consumer point of view and decide which deserves the honor of being named Newspaper of the Year.”
Judges consider the quality of reporting and writing, use of photos, design and presentation, digital offerings, and the newspaper’s overall usefulness and value and whether it reflects and cares about the community it serves.
The 2022 weekly Newspaper of the Year in the under-5,000 circulation group is the Vermont Standard in Woodstock, founded in 1853. Runners-up are the Mt. Desert Islander in Maine and the Martha’s Vineyard Times. —Teresa Parker