The Vineyard Gazette won two top awards for excellence in journalism this week, including a Publick Occurrences award for its special section and website called Living on the Edge, the Coastal Erosion Project published in 2013. This is the second straight year that the Gazette has won this award.

The award was announced Thursday at the New England Press Association (NENPA) annual fall conference in Natick.

“Spectacular reporting, photography and presentation,” judges wrote. “Reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, its impact and the future of the fragile coastline, the staff have produced an impressive report on a subject that is affecting more and more residents of New England’s coastline. This coverage sets the standard. Bravo.”

The Gazette was also named a distinguished Newspaper of the Year for 2014 in its circulation category, the second highest honor given to newspapers by NENPA.

The award recognizes the region’s best newspapers based on the assessments of experts and readers assessment of the quality of reporting and writing, use of photos, design and presentation, online offering, and overall utility and value. The Gazette competed against weekly newspapers of similar size. The Ellsworth American, a weekly paper published in Ellsworth, Me., was named newspaper of the year in the same category as the Gazette.

Publisher Jane Seagrave and editor Julia Wells accepted the awards on behalf of the Gazette staff.

Judges also gave recognition to Ms. Wells for an editorial she wrote last year titled Language of Assimilation.

NENPA confers awards on newspapers two times a year. At the Better Newspapers Competition in February, the Gazette won a record-breaking 30 awards for excellence in journalism in reporting, photography, graphic design and advertising, including top awards for Digital Strategy Excellence, Advertising Excellence and Best Website.

The fall awards are more limited.

The Coastal Erosion Project, which narrowly missed the deadline for entry in last year’s contest, was a collaborative effort that involved many Gazette staff members. In addition to Jane Seagrave and Julia Wells, core members of the project team were Tom Dunlop, Graham Smith, Alley Moore, Sara Brown, Remy Tumin and Stephen Durkee.