Martha’s Vineyard Award Winning Journalist

Journalist and photographer Mark Alan Lovewell has a strong interest in Martha’s Vineyard maritime heritage. The Island is his home. Years ago, he received first place in the category of History Writing from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for a story about the centennial remembrance of the sinking of the Mertie B. Crowley, a 296-foot six-masted schooner. The story, “A Century Later: Epic Sea Rescue is Remembered,” was published in the Jan. 22, 2010 Vineyard Gazette.

Mark also won first place the year before for “A Catboat Finds Her Way Home to the Sea,” which was published as a cover on May 22, 2009 in the Vineyard Gazette. The story is about his restoration of an 18-foot Marshall catboat that was built in 1972 but had languished in a field for more than a decade. The judges said, “Wow, what a story! There could be no other first place winner in this category. Beautifully written, detailed yet concise. A perfect read.”

In 2007, Mark received three awards at the New England Press Association annual convention. He received the first place for environmental reporting for a special section he wrote and photographed on the state of Georges Bank in the fall of 2005. His employer, the Vineyard Gazette, received a first place for writing a small editorial special section for the same project. Mark also received the third place in General News for a photograph of the launching of the Island Home, a new ferry that started serving the Vineyard. The launching took place in Mississippi.

Praise
  • “A gripping, edge of your seat account of the rescue—fantastic detail and follow-through tracking and quoting survivors as well as the locale of artifacts. Somebody pitch this story for a movie!” — 2011 judges' comments when they awarded Mark first place for history writing in the annual New England Better Newspaper Contest, hosted by the New England Newspaper & Press Association. The comments refer to a story Mark wrote about the 100th anniversary of the grounding of the Mertie B. Crowley, a six-masted schooner that ran aground on Wasque Shoals. Fourteen aboard were all safely rescued by the crew of a small catboat called Priscilla. Read the article here.

    New England Better Newspaper Contest Judges New England Newspaper & Press Association
  • “Wow, what a story! There could be no other first place winner in this category. Beautifully written, detailed yet concise. A perfect read.” — 2010 judges comments when they awarded Mark first place for history writing at the New England Better Newspaper Contest, hosted by the New England Newspaper & Press Association. Comments refer to the cover story A Catboat Finds Her Way Home to the Sea, published by the Vineyard Gazette on May, 22, 2009. Read the full article here.

    New England Better Newspaper Contest Judges New England Newspaper & Press Association
  • "'Awesome’ is the best way to describe Lovewell’s special report on the Georges Bank fisheries. Comprehensive, with great photos too.” — 2007 Judges comments when they gave Mr. Lovewell the first place for environmental reporting and the first place for the editorial special section at the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual journalism contest. Comments refer to a special section on the state of the fisheries, published by the Vineyard Gazette on Sept. 23, 2005. Mark was the sole journalist who wrote and photographed the special section.

    Annual Journalism Contest Judges New England Newspaper & Press Association
  • “This section on the near collapse of the cod fishing industry is a real contribution to environmental reporting and to the community. The stories presented are incisive and compelling and they are organized in a way that addressed the many issues in quite a coherent way. The photographs are nicely done and the layout is first rate. Bravo.” — The judges in awarding Mark the first place for an editorial supplement or special section.

    Contest Judges New England Newspaper & Press Association
  • “As we move into our third spring of Vineyard Style I am always amazed at how many stories are camouflaged right around the corner. Take Mark Alan Lovewell. Every Islander knows his 15-year byline from the Vineyard Gazette. His pictures mark every issue. Most Vineyarders have listened to him sing someplace, sometime. Yet few know anything about the man hiding under the hood of his antiquated large format camera. Ignoring the warning of the Wizard of Oz, we do pay some attention to that man behind the photographer’s curtain and put an end to Mark’s mystery.”

    John Budris Editor at Vineyard Style Magazine