About the contest

The Best of GateHouse annual contest highlights and rewards the most extraordinary journalism crafted by our newsrooms and recognizes our best newspapers and editor of the year.

“Our newsrooms have outperformed industry standards on both state and national levels, winning top awards for our journalism and digital acumen. This year, it was exceptionally challenging to select our 2017 Best of GateHouse winners. (We should really think about building statues of our judges.)

Truly, 2017 was a phenomenal year. You took bold risks on digital endeavors. You prompted real change at every level of government. You were relentless in chasing breaking news and still managed to delight readers with entertaining coverage.

Most of all, so many of our newsrooms spent the year focused on what makes us leaders in this industry: We #DoJournalismWithImpact with passion and ferocity.

This year, we received more than 1,000 entries, many of which came from recently acquired organizations. We’re thrilled to have you in the competition. Each year, it gets a bit harder to win a Best of GateHouse because of our growth as a company.” – Senior Vice President of Content Bill Church


Entries are split by circulation into four divisions:

A: Dailies with 25 or more editorial employees

B: Dailies with 9-24 editorial employees

C: Dailies with 0-8 editorial employees

D: Newspapers publishing three or fewer times per week