History Reporting Prize: Michael Carolan, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA

Michael Carolan turns to his own family history for this piece about his Civil War veteran great-great grandfather’s efforts to clear his record of an unjust desertion charge. It took 75 years to settle the case in the complicated political geography off the time. With all that’s been written about the politics, strategies and carnage of the Civil War, Carolan has found a novel, personal approach to America’s great tragedy.


New England Better Newspaper Competition New England Newspaper and Press Association. Daily Newspapers (circ. < 30k) This year’s competition drew 3,100 entries that were published during the contest year, August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015.
The entries were evaluated by the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s distinguished panel of judges. The results of the competition recognize the excellent journalism that is taking place throughout New England — the finalists and winners are listed here, along with the judges’ comments. NENPA is very proud to celebrate this truly extraordinary work!