The Christian Science Monitor was named New England's 1991 "Newspaper of the Year" in its circulation category at awards ceremonies held in Boston on March 22. The presentation was made by the New England Newspaper Association. In remarks made at the presentation the Monitor was described as "a classy newspaper with much attention devoted to typography, cutlines, and color. The writing is excellent with apparent strong editing."
"The Christian Science Monitor treats the world as its beat," the remarks continued, "and may be leading the way for New England newspapers to pay more attention to international coverage."
The Monitor won its award in the 60,000-150,000 circulation category. The other winners were the Peabody (Mass.) Times (dailies under 12,000); the Newport (R.I.) Daily News (dailies 12,000-20,000); the Concord (N.H.) Monitor (dailies 20,000-40,000); the Day of New London, Conn. (dailies 35,000-60,000); the Boston Globe (metros); the Lewiston (Maine) Sun-Journal (Sundays under 50,000); the Maine Sunday Telegram, Portland (Sundays 50,000 and over); the Billerica (Mass.) Minuteman (weeklies 5,000 and under ); and the Derry (N.H.) News (weeklies over 5,000).
A panel of four editors from outside the New England region judged the newspapers in 10 areas such as overall appearance and quality of writing and editing. In grading the Monitor the judges noted its "thought-provoking" guest columnists and editorials that "take a strong position."
"This paper follows its mission well," the judges said.