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39th Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Dinner

May 6, 2017, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road

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Call for Award Entries!
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Friday, 02 January 2015 19:13


The Syracuse Press Club is once again preparing for its annual awards competition. Starting Jan. 1, members of the news media in central New York may submit their entries. Deadline for entries is Jan. 29 at 11:59PM. Eligible entries must have been published, broadcast or posted on-line during the 2015 calendar year. Click "read more" below for rules and instructions on how to enter. Click here for the 2015 awards categories.

Awards will be handed out at our annual banquet on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Drumlins Country Club, Syracuse.

Make sure to also keep in mind individuals in your organization you may want to nominate for one of our club awards, covering professional standards, newcomer, and news source. You can nominate someone for one of these awards by following this link.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 December 2015 21:40 )
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SPC Scholarship Accepting Applications
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 02 February 2015 17:25

The Syracuse Press Club is now accepting applications for the 2016 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 Friday, March 25, 2016.

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, April 30th, at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. 

Read on for required application materials.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 December 2015 18:31 )
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Campagna Named NewsChannel 9 News Director
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 14 December 2015 15:19

 

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Veteran CNY newsman Jim Campagna has been named news director at WSYR-TV NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse. Jim has spent over two decades at the station.

He had also worked at 62 WHEN Radio.

He had served in a co-leadership position with executive producer Sabrina Betts since the departure of former news director Phil Rankin.

 
SPC to Host Bob Freeman
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Friday, 23 October 2015 17:49
 
 
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Robert J. Freeman is executive director of the Committee on Open Government. He’s a staple of most New York journalists’ Rolodex.

His agency is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Freedom of Information Law and the Open Meetings Law, which govern the people of New York’s rights to access government records and meetings of public bodies. Reporters covering government – and otherwise – turn to Bob on a daily basis for help writing FOIA requests, appealing denials and forming arguments to make to public records officers.

Bob will share his decades of wisdom on open government with the Syracuse journalism community. 

When: Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: Newhouse III, Room 141

Directions: The street address is 215 University Place, but the entrance to Newhouse III is on Waverly Avenue near the intersection of South Crouse Avenue. Look for the big glass windows and doors and the First Amendment written on the side of the building.

Parking: You can try to find street parking on Waverly Ave., Marshall Street or Walnut Ave. Several parking garages are within short walking distance, including the Sheraton at 801 University Ave and Waverly Parking, located at 805 S. Crouse Ave. 

 
Remembering Bill Carey
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Sunday, 09 August 2015 15:48

 

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Bill Carey, the hard-nosed reporter and former news director, known to generations of Central New York radio listeners and television viewers as the "Voice of Syracuse," died Friday night at Sloan Kettering cancer Center in New York. He was 61. He had been battling lung cancer since his diagnoses in October 2013. 

The Syracuse Press Club is deeply saddened by the news of Bill Carey's passing. The board of directors extends its warmest sympathies to Bill's wife MaryEllen and their three children.  A long list of the young people who got their first break in the business under Bill now populates the media in Syracuse and across the country. We join them in remembering and honoring one of the greatest reporters Central New York has and will ever know.

Bill is a Press Club Wall of Distinction honoree and is a recipient of the Syracuse Press Club’s Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement Award. He had won three Emmys, six RTNDA Murrow Awards and dozens of awards from the Syracuse Press Club and New York Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
 
AN EARLY START

Bill’s career began in radio in at WMBO, in Auburn in 1971. He joined WHEN radio in 1974, and by 1976 he was the news director. This was a time when there was a fierce competition between the then independently owned WHEN and WSYR radio newsrooms. Bill led his young staff in often beating his competitors in radio and TV, and led them to numerous awards.

He expected excellence of his staff and of himself. It's late October, and it is test time in the WHEN radio newsroom. News Director Bill Carey is quizzing his staff of young reporters on their homework. They’ve been assigned the task of learning the contents of a loose-leaf book filled with radio scripts, newspaper clippings and other background information about the candidates on the ballot for the coming election. Bill wants his staff to know what they are talking about on election night and is making sure they are prepared.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 August 2015 15:54 )
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    "Their constant yelping about a free press means, with a few honorable exceptions, freedom to peddle scandal, crime, sex, sensationalism, hate, innuendo and the political and financial uses of propaganda. A newspaper is a business out to make money through advertising revenue. That is predicated on the circulation and you know what circulation depends on."
--Raymond Chandler

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Laura Hand Wright

WSTM-TV

Laura Hand is probably best-known as the news anchor on WSTM-TV's "Action News at Noon," but she has many other jobs at the station -- and has taken on many roles in community organizations as well.
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