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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Seven Days and Kate O’Neill Receive the 2020 Jack Barry Communications Award From Recovery Vermont

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 3:13 PM

Cathy Resmer (left) and Maura O'Neill at Recovery Day in Montpelier - JAMES BUCK FOR RECOVERY VERMONT
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  • Cathy Resmer (left) and Maura O'Neill at Recovery Day in Montpelier
Writer Kate O’Neill’s 2019 series “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Crisis,” published in Seven Days, received this year’s Jack Barry Communications Award from Recovery Vermont. The award presentation took place during the nonprofit advocacy organization’s annual Recovery Day event in Montpelier on February 12.

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“Hooked” was rooted in tragedy: O’Neill’s sister, Madelyn Linsenmeir, struggled with opioid-use disorder for more than a decade. After her death in October 2018, O’Neill wrote a candid and compassionate obituary that was read by millions around the world. At the urging of Seven Days, she agreed to broaden her focus in a yearlong series. O’Neill used traditional journalism, narrative storytelling and her own experiences to explore Vermont’s opioid epidemic and efforts to address it.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Seven Days Wins 14 First-Place Awards, Including General Excellence, in Regional Media Competition

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 3:17 PM

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Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won 14 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better  Newspaper Competition — including for general excellence and top honors in business, crime and courts, education, health, human interest, religion, science and sports-feature reporting. Eva Sollberger received first place in all four video categories. The paper also won seven second-place and one third-place awards — 22 total.

The contest is organized by the New England Newspaper & Press Association; winners were announced at NENPA’s annual convention last weekend in Boston.
NENPA members submitted more than 3,000 entries in five contest divisions. Seven Days — which circulates 36,000 print copies every Wednesday — competed against numerous other large New England weeklies.

Here’s what judges had to say about Seven Days’ 14 first-place awards:

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