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41st Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Banquet

April 27, 2019, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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Toni Guidice honored with Professional Standards award
Toni Guidice worked for The Post-Standard for 23 years, spending most of that time making others look good. 

She was the leader of the crew of copy editors who worked every night after the reporters went home, catching errors in their stories before any readers saw them, writing snappy headlines and creating the pages that landed on the doorsteps.

It’s a job that comes without bylines or glamour.

Last fall, when The Post-Standard notified its employees whether they would be laid off or would keep their jobs, Toni was offered a job. She turned it down so that the paper could offer a position to one of the younger copy editors she supervised, someone who needed the paycheck more.

On her final day at The Post-Standard, Toni wrote on Facebook:  “Today is it. The last day at The P-S for an army of copy editors. The quality-control people who regularly worked nights, weekends, holidays. The people whose personal relationships suffered because of those hours, who missed the school concerts, their kids' games. People who checked the facts, added up the numbers, asked the questions readers might ask. The people who never got a byline on a rewrite, who quietly caught countless errors before they could make it into print, and who labored with a deadline looming and an avalanche of copy waiting over writing the best headline they could.

“I willingly take my leave with them tonight.”

For her kindness and dedication to catching mistakes before they were printed, Toni was nominated by a co-worker to win the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.

During her career at The Post-Standard, Toni worked as a copy editor, Cayuga County bureau chief, night city editor and assistant news desk editor.

She previously worked at the Catholic SUN in Syracuse, the Finger Lakes Times in Geneva and in sports information at Penn State and Syracuse universities.

She has won honors from the New York Associated Press for sports writing and from the New York Press Association for feature writing and photography.

Toni is a native of Geneva and a graduate of William Smith College. She lives in Syracuse and is the mother of two daughters. She is a volunteer with the Onondaga County CASA program, where she represents the best interests of foster care children in Family Court as a court-appointed special advocate. 

 
"Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen."
Warren E Burger, Chief Justice, US Supreme Court
Majority opinion in 7-1 ruling that prohibited the closing of courtrooms to the press, 2 Jul 80

Wall of Distinction


Luther F. "Gus" Bliven

The Post-Standard

Luther F. "Gus" Bliven scored a number of news "scoops" during his distinguished 68-year newspaper career with The Post-Standard where he became best-known for his work as a political writer and the "dean" of Albany legislative correspondents.

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