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The Cheshire Herald walked away with two awards from this past weekend's New England Better Newspaper Contest.
The event, sponsored by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), honors the achievements of publications and staff from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Awards are handed out in a variety of categories, from editorial content to advertising and marketing.
Herald General Assignment Reporter Josh Morgan took first prize in the Courts and Crime Reporting category for his story on the Steven Hayes trial. The award-winning story focused on the first day of the trial, which received national attention.
Editor John Rook received a third-place award for the Herald's Summer Series articles that focused on historic homes in Cheshire. The article singled out for consideration focused on the Hitchcock-Phillips home and its past.
The awards dinner was held in the historic 50 Park Plaza in Boston, and followed a two-day journalism convention. Event organizers stated that more than 3,000 entries were considered this year.
The Cheshire Herald was one of only a handful of weekly Connecticut papers to be honored by NENPA.