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  • For the photojournalists who covered Ferguson, winning a Pulitzer is ‘an odd feeling’
    A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road near West Florissant on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Photo by Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

    A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers worked to break up a group of bystanders on Chambers Road near West Florissant on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (Photo by Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

    On Monday afternoon, a few hours after winning a Pulitzer for breaking news photography with the photo staff at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson went right back to work. Earlier, there was a little champagne and a cake that went uncut for while. The newsroom was proud of the win, Carson said, but it’s hard to celebrate something that started with a young man losing his life.

    “It’s a funny feeling,” he said. “It’s hard to put into words for me right now.”

    Post-Dispatch photojournalist Robert Cohen couldn’t find the right words either. Read more

  • Here’s what it’s like to win a Pulitzer

    I spoke with four Pulitzer-Prize winners to find out how winning has changed their lives and affected their journalism. All three said the prize opens doors but it also adds pressure to live up to the high expectations of having “Pulitzer Prize Winner” on your resume.

    Poynter.org spoke with:

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    Jacqui Banaszynski,
    Knight Chair professor at the University of Missouri. She won a Pulitzer in 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.  She was working at the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch. The stories were about the life and death of an AIDS victim in a rural farm community.

    photoDiana Sugg, contract editor for special projects, The Baltimore Sun. Sugg was a medical reporter when she reported a series of stories about stillbirths. Her stories told how “thousands of babies, many full-term, are dying every year, and few researchers have ever investigated why.” Her stories also included an examination of how some hospital emergency rooms are allowing families to be with loved ones in the last moments of life and yet another story examined why promising therapy for stroke was being held up in debates. Read more

  • Among the Pulitzer finalists, traditional treatments dominate

    All hail the Pulitzer winners! But as a bridesmaid myself long ago (National Reporting, 1982), I always give the list of finalists a careful read as well.

    Here are some quick takeaways on trends among the 27 entries that took place and show in this year’s judging:

    *The New York Times can’t win everything.  Besides scoring the most winners with three The New York Times had an additional five finalists.  The Pulitzer board sees all nominees and can thus produce a balanced ticket of winners.  The separate juries, which pick the finalists, operate independently of each other. So it is fair to say the Times’s work bubbles to the top in many and diverse categories.

    *Winners and runners-up were frequently from the same organizationsRead more

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SPC Announces Award Finalists
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:33
 

The Syracuse Press Club would like to thank all of you for entering this year's 37th Annual Professional Recognition Awards Contest. Volunteers from numerous press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in numerous competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories. Please attend the awards banquet to collect your award or support your peers. In addition to the contest winners, we will honor local journalists receiving special club awards for Best Newcomer, Professional Standards, Scholarship and Best News Source. We will also be adding a well-deserving journalist to our Wall of Distinction. Those winners will be announced soon.

The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital by the Better Newspaper Contest under the direction of Eagle Newspapers editor Sarah Hall.
 
To reserve a table for the dinner, please click here. Our reservations deadline is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th. 

Note the names of winners and media organizations are in random order.  We will announce at the May 2nd awards dinner who won first and second place awards 

Read on for the list.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:37 )
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Make Your Awards Dinner Reservation Now!
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 09 March 2015 23:17
 
It's time to make your reservation for the Syracuse Press Club's 37th annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards Dinner. We will reveal the names of first and second place winners at that time. We will also present a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving journalism student, and present several club awards to outstanding media professionals. The event will be held May 2, 2015 at Drumlins Country Club on Nottingham Road in Syracuse.
 
Things get underway with a Cash bar at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 7 p.m. with the program to follow. The Club will also make an addition to our Wall of Distinction. READ ON FOR TICKET PURCHASE INFORMATION!
 
Last Updated ( Monday, 09 March 2015 23:21 )
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NewsChannel 9 Names News Director
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:33

Congratulations to Phil Rankin, who this week was promoted to news director at NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse. He was most recently the interim news director, serving as a result of Rob Cartwright's departure.

Before that, Phil was the Digital Media Director, overseeing the website, mobile apps and social media accounts.

He is a graduate on SUNY Oswego. 

 
SPC Scholarship Accepting Applications
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 02 February 2015 17:25

The Syracuse Press Club is now accepting applications for the 2015 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship.

This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one, full-time undergraduate student, who is studying print, broadcast or digital journalism at a college/university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

The student scholarship recipient must be a permanent resident of one of the following counties: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Wayne, Seneca, Schuyler and Yates. A student’s college residence is NOT considered a permanent residence. All students who fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

All scholarship applicants will be evaluated on academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities and/or work experience, a personal philosophy statement, media samples and professional references.  A committee of media professionals will evaluate each student’s application. 

The recipient will be recognized as an honored guest at the Syracuse Press Club Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 2nd, at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. 

Read on for required application materials.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 February 2015 17:36 )
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SPC Winter Social
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:07

 

Tonight you're invited to join the Syracuse Press Club at a social gathering at the new Clark's Ale House (Salina and Washington Streets) at 7 p.m. Retiring CNY Central investigative reporter Jim Kenyon will be our special guest.

Raise your mug and toast Jim, hang out with colleagues, share a few war stories and party like a journalist! We hope to see you there.

 
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Wall of Distinction


Ron Graeff (Hastings)

Club President

Ron Graeff is better known to viewers across Central New York as Ron Hastings. It was the name he used  on the air during a career in journalism that began during his days at Syracuse University.  There he served as managing editor of the Daily Orange during 1966. 
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