NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.


The NECC Observer is the award-winning student run newspaper that covers the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses of Northern Essex Community College. It has won multiple awards for its print version of the newspaper, and in September 2014 the NECC Observer launched its online news site.

The Observer serves as the independent voice of the students, faculty and staff to report news and events of the community. It is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and the New England Press Association. It also serves as a public forum for the NECC community. Views expressed in the Observer are neither representative of NECC’s views, nor that of the Observer staff as a whole. To contact the Observer or to submit a letter to the editor, email us at or visit our office in Haverhill, Spurk building, Room C-318. You can also reach us by phone at (978) 556-3027.

The faculty adviser of the NECC Observer is Mary Jo Shafer, Journalism/Communication Program coordinator and an instructor in the program. She can be reached at

The NECC Observer is sponsored by the Liberal Arts: Journalism/Communication Program at NECC.  For information about the Observer, the program, or becoming a journalism or communication major at NECC, please contact Shafer at

The NECC Observer is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Advertisers, Inc., the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the New England Press Association.


Room C-318
Spurk Building
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Observer Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Jose Rodriguez

Opinions Editor: Kimberly Zappala

Campus Life Editor: 

Features Editor: Alex Mahoney

Arts and Entertainment Editor: Shaun Hood

News Editor:

News Editor:

Sports Editor: Jose Rodriguez

Join the Staff

Have you taken Journalism I? Are you taking it now? Would you like to be in the Observer staff? Then submit your resume to:


Phone: 978.556.3027

Advertising: 978.556.3027


Send Letters or Articles

We welcome letters and articles from our readers. You can submit via email, and must include your name and phone number for verification. Write “Letter” or “Article to Editor” in the subject line so we notice it right away. Send your letters to We try to publish all letters we receive, but we reserve the right to edit or reject those we receive.

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