Post takes home awards at annual regional competition

GP-generic-FIIt was a big weekend for Hersam Acorn Newspapers at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Competition this past weekend and the Greenwich Post was a major reason for that.

The Post took home awards in two categories at the competition. Post sports editor Paul Silverfarb took home third place in the sports story category for his three-part series on the impact of concussions on youth athletes. The Post also received third place honors for its front page on Nov. 1, 2012, which detailed the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Greenwich as well as a devastating fire in Old Greenwich at the height of the storm, the coming presidential, congressional and state elections and the still ongoing response from the town toward schools being in racial imbalance.

The front page featured several photographs by the Post’s John Ferris Robben that impressed the judges as well as contributions from Mr. Silverfarb, Post editor Ken Borsuk and former Assistant Editor Kait Shea. It was designed by Hersam Acorn Newspapers’ editorial design director, Bryan Haeffele.

Winners were chosen from nearly 3,200 entries from newspapers across the six-state region. They were judged in five categories based on circulation and frequency of publication.

Several of the Post’s sister papers in the Hersam Acorn Newspapers publishing group — The Darien Times, Weston Forum The Milford Mirror, New Canaan Advertiser, The Ridgefield Press, and The Wilton Bulletin — also won awards for writing, editorials, design and photography. The company received 22 awards in all, including five first place awards, six second place awards, seven third place awards and an honorable mention.

In addition, The Ridgefield Press won first place for one of the contest’s top honors, General Excellence in the Weekly Class 1 category. Ridgefield Press reporter Steve Coulter was named the weekly newspaper Rookie of the Year and David DesRoches of The Darien Times won weekly newspaper Reporter of the Year.

Hersam Acorn publisher Thomas Nash congratulated the award winners for their work. “It’s always gratifying being recognized by one’s peers. All of our employees are hard working winners deserving of awards in their own right,” he said.

Martin Hersam, chief operating officer of Hersam Acorn, agreed, calling the nearly 200 employees of the media group “a remarkable group of professionals.”

The awards were presented at NENPA’s annual convention and awards ceremony in Boston on Feb. 8.

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