The New England Newspaper & Press Association recently held it’s annual awards banquet in Boston. While I was not there with my former co-workers, needless to say they made out like bandits. Nicole Goodhue Boyd was awarded the Photographer of the Year for Weekly Newspapers (among five other awards). David Sokol won First Place for Feature Photo and Kirk R. Williamson won two First Place awards, one for Pictorial and one for Video.
While those individual honors are to be lauded, I am also proud that as a team we won First Place for Digital/Print Convergence for our multimedia project on the building of the schooner Ardelle. The Ardelle is a pinky schooner, a traditional New England coastal vessel, built by master shipwright Harold Burnham of Essex. He and a dedicated group of volunteers worked tirelessly to see its completion and our team captured the building process from when the first several of the boat’s ribs were built to the launch of the Ardelle. Writer Laurie Fullerton and Cape Ann Beacon editor Jane Enos as well deserve a lot of credit for their time and efforts at making this idea for a project live and breath in the newspaper and on the website.
To see photo galleries, videos, written stories and profiles of “Harold’s Helpers”, please visit the Cape Ann Beacon Ardelle page.