WALTHAM — The Provincetown Independent won 16 awards in the Better Newspaper competition of the New England Newspaper and Press Association, announced at the group’s annual convention on Saturday.
The newspaper won first prize among weeklies in the Pandemic Coverage category for its reporting on the July 2021 Covid cluster in Provincetown. Senior reporter Paul Benson won first prize in Social Issues Features for his June 2022 article, “In Provincetown, No Lease, Triple Rent, and a Move-Out Date.” And former managing editor K.C. Myers took home first prize for coverage of Racial, Ethnic, or Gender Issues for the August 2021 article “Jamaican Business Owners Come to the Front of the House.”
Independent publisher Teresa Parker won second prize for the Inside/Out section in the Living Page or Section competition among weeklies. And editors Abraham Storer and Paul Sullivan won third prize for their work on the Arts & Minds section in the Arts Section contest.
Staff reporter Christine Legere received two awards, in Energy News and Reporting for a series of articles on the potential release of radioactive water from the former Pilgrim nuclear station and in Social Issues Features for “On the Front Lines in Waco, Texas,” her June 2022 profile of Truro’s Dr. Nicola Moore.
Former Indie staff reporter Cam Blair won second prize in Crime and Courts Reporting for “Delgizzis Must Shape Up, Says Housing Court,” published in February 2022. And Jasmine Lu, another former staffer, won second prize Sports Features for “Learning Moderation From Marathons,” published in January 2022.
Staff writer Tom Recchio won second prize for his June 2022 obituary of Vietnam veteran Michael Lee.
K.C. Myers and Jasmine Lu shared a prize in Health Reporting for “Outer Cape Lives in Health Care Limbo,” and Cam Blair and Ben Glickman, an Independent summer journalism fellow were honored in the General News category for “They Worked for Napi for Years; Now They’re Being Evicted.”
Surfing columnist Kai Potter won an award for Serious Columnist, and Daniel Dejean was cited in the Editorial Cartoon competition for “Little Free Library.” Edward Boches was honored for his news feature photo on bicycle safety.