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The TimesSummer Times and Weddings honored

Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: Stephanie Turaj Times staff and publishers pose with their plaques from the recent New England Newspaper & Press Association Better Newspaper Awards. From left to right, Lisa Stiepock, John Barry, Kari Curtis, Fraser Lang, Betty Lang and Lars Trodson.

“In-your-face journalism at its best. The editorials use a punchy style to attack perceived wrongs. Great reading.” That was how the panel of judges from the New England Newspaper & Press Association described the editorials that won First Place in this year’s Better Newspaper Competition held in Boston on Feb. 7.

The Block Island Times was also awarded a second place finish for its editorial page design and content.

John Barry’s ad design for Ballard Hall Real Estate scored a first place as did his ad for the House and Garden Show. His ad for Griggs and Browne got a third place for its “great copy and art”.

Kari Curtis’s picture of a surfer who, unbeknownst to the contest judges, was in fact musician Jimmy Buffet, won first place for the  cover photo of the August edition of the Summer Times. “Well done!” said the judges.

The Block Island Summer Times received awards for Margie Bucheit’s story on the Empire Theatre. “An important issue in the community — the survival of a 135-year old theatre. Great topic, nicely done,” said the judges.

Reportage by Sara Dunleavy Berge received a second place for her story on artist Peter Gish in The Block Island Summer Times. According to the judges: “Clear way to set up an art show. Respects artists without being too fawning. Paints a respectful picture. Artist profiles are the staple, and sometimes the bane, of weeklies, but this one is better than most.”

Lisa Stiepock’s story about readying Ballard’s Inn after the damage it had received from Hurricane Sandy received a third place award. “Very detailed, historic coverage on a victim of Hurricane Sandy. Focusing not only on the disaster, but also the re-building was a win-win approach,” said the panel. Stiepock’s issue of Block Island Weddings magazine was hailed for it’s “unique and interesting idea to use a couples’ Q&A as the bulk of the content,” garnering a third place in Niche Publications.

Kari Curtis’s photo of Oscar “OJ” Berlin received a third place. A photo by Marion Ortel of her husband and son received a second place award.

Publisher Betty Rawls Lang said “Fraser and I were proud to attend the NENPA annual conference where we received 12 awards, including four first places. We are immensely proud of the entire team at the Times.”

Third Place “Personality Photo” of 94-year-old Oscar “OJ” Berlin standing along side his taxi cab. (Photo by: Kari Curtis)
First Place ‘Feature Photo’, the Surfer, was on the cover of section two the September Block Island Summer Times in 2013. (Photo by: Kari Curtis)
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