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Annual Awards


May 3, 2014

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  • John Seigenthaler was a leader of free speech, civil rights and journalism

    John Seigenthaler spent an inordinate amount of time talking about one of his early reporting stories when he sat down for an interview with Poynter last year. The interview May 3 at his office in Nashville was in line with Poynter’s video series on news leaders and I was prepared to talk about his career.

    He rose from reporter to publisher of The Tennessean newspaper where he worked with and nurtured excellent journalists as the newspaper drew national awards and recognition. He was beaten while working for Robert Kennedy during the Civil Rights Movement, and experienced transitions as he editorially led a community through the turbulent 60s to the 90s, served as a senior executive with the Gannett company and raised public understanding of the First Amendment.

    So much to cover, but he kept talking about that one blasted story from 1954 when a man threatened to jump from Nashville’s Shelby Street bridge. “He wore a flannel shirt, a heavy neck tie and sweated profusely” on a hot day, Seigenthaler said. As a young reporter assigned to the story he talked with the man about 40 minutes then grabbed him when he looked toward the water and held on as police moved in.… Read more

  • From ‘Homecoming King’ to ‘End of an Era’: How newspaper front pages handled LeBron’s decision

    On Friday we highlighted The Plain Dealer’s famous 2010 front page when LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Here’s how that newspaper — and others, from Ohio to Florida — handled his decision to return to Northeast Ohio (most images courtesy Newseum):

    The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

    LeBron James' return: Saturday's front page of The Plain Dealer

    — clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) July 11, 2014

    On page S2, The Plain Dealer printed a sequel to it's famous LeBron 'Gone' cover from 2010

    — clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) July 12, 2014

    Akron Beacon Journal

    The (Elyria, Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram

    The (Massillon, Ohio) Independent

    The (Willoughby, Ohio) News-Herald

    The Columbus Dispatch

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    (Sports section front courtesy Sun-Sentinel)
    Miami Herald

    El Nuevo Herald

    Daily News

    New York Post

    The New York Times

    Biggest story in sports today, LeBron back to Cavs, displayed this way on cover of @NYTSports print edition:

    — NYT Sports (@NYTSports) July 12, 2014

    The Wall Street Journal

    The Washington Post

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  • Sneak peek at Sun-Sentinel front page: ‘LeGone’

    In Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, the front page of Saturday’s newspapers will be celebratory (here’s a look at The Plain Dealer’s). Throughout South Florida, the tone will likely be a little different.

    Here’s an early look at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s front page:

    The page is the work of designer Lillian Mayor and design director David Schutz. Said associate editor Anne Vasquez: “We were looking for moody and melancholy to capture this end of an era.”

    Tomorrow morning we’ll bring you a look at the best front pages related to LeBron James’ decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the meantime, here’s a Poynter story exploring the enduring significance of newspaper A1s after historical events.

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Awards presented for best CNY journalism of 2012

The Syracuse Press Club honored the best journalism of 2012 at an awards ceremony Saturday night at Drumlins Country Club, in Syracuse.

The club's 35th annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards dinner honored exceptional work in local print, broadcast and online.

 Among the highlights of the evening,  broadcasters WCNY-TV, YNN, CNYCentral and Newschannel 9 shared a first place award in the Special Television Program category for their jointly produced special Protecting Our Children. It was a project aimed at the problem of physical and sexual abuse of children.

Also among the highlights of the evening, won for best news website,  The Post-Standard won for spot news coverage.  The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin was honored for best investigative reporting in a daily newspaper. Carol Thompson of the Valley News won investigative in a non-daily paper. WAER FM 88 won for best newscast on radio, and Newschannel 9 at 5 won best newscast in television.

The evening was hosted by Post-Standard/ sports columnist Bud Poliquin and Newschannel 9 reporter Tammy Palmer.

The Press Club also honored several individuals for their body of work.   CNYCentral multi media journalist Tom Eschen won the A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer award.   Recently retired WKTV anchorman Bill Worden was honored with the Gus Bliven-JoeGanley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award. 

The club also honored two former Post-Standard journalists with the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.  John Berry spent his career at the paper as an award winning photographer.   Toni Guidice was honored for her nearly 30 year career and high standards as a  copy editor for the paper.

Three individuals shared the Philip Hofmann President's Award for Best News Source.  Ken Heffernan and Joe Galloway, investigators with the Syracuse Fire Department and Kae Young, public affairs officer with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum were honored for their efforts to provide journalists with the information they need to report the news in a timely fashion.

The Syracuse Press Club is also proud to present a $2,000 scholarship to Paul Valentino, a student graduating from Onondaga Community college.

The Syracuse Press Club would like to sincerely thank the journalists and news managers of our local media for their hard work, dedication to their craft, and their support of the club by participating in our awards competition and attending this dinner.  Your support makes this event possible and makes possible the presentation of a scholarship to a journalism student.

Click here for a PDF file of the 2012 winners.


Last Updated ( Monday, 06 May 2013 00:55 )
"Journalism’s ultimate purpose [is] to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests"
---Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Publisher, NY Times

Wall of Distinction

Emanuel "Blair" Henderson Sr.

The Progressive Herald

Emmanuel Blair Henderson was a columnist for The Progressive Herald, an African-American newspaper in Syracuse during the 1940s and 1950s -- a time when black people weren't included as employees in mainstream media.
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