what they say

Any opinion I have of my own work is likely biased. But several unbiased third parties have also said I’m pretty good at what I do. These are some designs I’ve gotten awards for.

2017: NENPA’s Better Newspaper Competition

Just to mix things up, this year I branched out from my usual layout design submissions, and entered my stepmomming column, which I’d begun writing in May 2017. For my first year going in as a writer, I was really excited to get third place! There were a few other recognitions, too (in this article).

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  • Humor Columnist: Third Place
  • Infographics: Second and Third Place
  • Lifestyle Page: Third Place

2016: NENPA’s Better Newspaper Competition

This was a good year: THREE first places and a second place. (And a big smile.) So says this article. I also wrote a blog post about the story behind the designs.

  • Front Page: First Place
  • Food Page: First Place
  • Infographic: First Place
  • Illustration: Second Place

2016: Best of GateHouse

This contest is open to everyone in my company, with newspapers across the country.

  • Designer of the Year: First Place (Taunton Daily Gazette)
  • Designer of the Year: Second Place (Herald News)
  • Special Section/Niche: First Place for “Lens” magazine (Herald News)
  • Lifestyle Page/Section: Third Place (Herald News)

2015: NENPA’s Better Newspaper Competition

I took home a first place in the Front Page category, plus a couple of others, as mentioned in this Herald News article.

 

  • Front Page: First Place
  • Infographics: Second and Third Place
  • Niche Publication: Third Place

2013: MacGregor Fiske Award

I won the inaugural year of the competition, which is open to journalists throughout New England with less than five years’ experience. Unlike the NENPA contests, in this I was up against competitors from all aspects of journalism — not just design. Entrants are judged by three examples of published work, a written essay and supervisor’s nomination.

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2013: NENPA’s Better Newspaper Competition

  • Living Page or Section: Second Place (Taunton Daily Gazette)
  • Overall Design and Presentation: Second Place (The Herald News)
  • Living Page or Section: Honorable Mention (The Herald News)

2013: Designer of the Year, Best of GateHouse

Judges’ Comments: “Strong centerpieces capitalize on compelling images, including effective use of shaded background images. Pages carry a lot of content effectively — without being overwhelming to the reader. If I were walking past the rack carrying these papers, I’d buy them.”

2012: Designer of the Year, Best of GateHouse

Judges’ Comments: “This designer uses strong photos, pull quotes, cutouts and big type to draw attention to A1 centerpieces. There’s no way a reader could avoid being drawn into these stories.”

2012: NENPA’s Better Newspaper Competition

“This is a well-deserved recognition for the hard work and creativity I see on display every single day.” — Lynne Sullivan, editor in chief of the Taunton Daily Gazette and The Herald News, in an article

 

  • Illustration: First Place
  • Overall Design and Presentation: Second Place
  • Front Page: Second Place
  • Infographics: Second Place

2011: Designer of the Year, Best of GateHouse

Judges’ Comments: “Emely’s pages are interesting and engaging. Great use of images, color and type to create dynamic centerpieces.”

2011: NENPA’s Better Newspaper Competition

  • Living Page or Section: First Place
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