The Day takes multiple first-place awards in New England Better Newspaper Competition

Boston — Peter Huoppi, director of multimedia, received three first-place awards and The Day’s live streaming of high school football received the Innovator Award from the New England Newspaper & Press Association on Saturday.

The Day won 11 first-place awards for journalism and six for advertising in the New England Better Newspaper Competition. The awards were presented at the organization’s annual convention in Boston. The Day competes in the under-30,000 circulation category.

Huoppi was first in news category with a video of Billet Night at the Coast Guard Academy; sports for a video of four wide receivers at New London High School, and feature video for a 22-mile hike on the Narragansett Trail. Huoppi and Sean D. Elliot also took second place for a video of the moving of the whaler Charles W. Morgan. Carlos Diaz placed first in arts and entertainment video.

In awarding the Innovator Award, the judge said, “The quality of this all-around effort broke new ground.” The Day also won the same award last year for Live Lunch Break.

Jill Blanchette received first place for her front page of the Newtown shooting, while the staff’s coverage of the tragedy placed second in general news. The Day’s coverage of last year’s February blizzard was first in spot news.

The Day’s food page, designed by Maria Reagan and edited by Marisa Nadolny, placed first. It featured an article on local ethnic markets written by Jenna Cho and Blanchette.

Former staff writer JC Reindl was first in election coverage with his investigation of Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s bankruptcy. The judges called the articles “a prime example of enterprising watchdog journalism.”

A special section, “The Age of Choice,” received a first place in the special section category.

In photography, Dana Jensen was first in sports photo, second in feature photo and third in general news. Elliot was second in spot news and Tim Cook second in pictorial and in sports.

Also winning awards were Kathleen Edgecomb, second in government reporting; Judy Benson, second in health reporting; Lee Howard, third in business reporting; Anna Isaacs, third in racial or ethnic issue coverage; and Greg Smith, third in general news.

The Day’s Make a Difference feature was second in Community Involvement and a series on the Class of 2002, written by Isaacs, Jennifer McDermott, Claire Bessette, Kimberly Drelich, Karen Florin, Smith and Benson, placed third in Local Personality Profile. Sharma Howard was third in history reporting for the Mystic Times.

The Day’s mobile app was first in the design category and second in overall app.

The Day was third in general excellence. The judges said The Day has “the best storytellers in the New England industry, hands down.”

In the advertising competition, Kathy Archambault was named Best Designer. Annie Sharples was second and Emily MacCoy third.

Other first-place awards went to The Day for most creative use of small print space, advertiser campaign, niche publication, newspaper designed advertising insert, advertising sales media kit.

Other awards were second place, digital production promotion to readers; third place, local black and white ad; third place, automotive display ad; third place, real estate display ad; and third place, audience building promotion.

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