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Annual Awards


May 2, 2015

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  • How Mashable took user-generated content to create an animated story about Syria
    From Mashable's 'Raqqa: An Inside Story.'

    From Mashable’s ‘Raqqa: An Inside Story.’

    When Louise Roug first saw the storyboards for Mashable’s animation on a city in Syria, they were just rough outlines. Then the animators started filling in the color.

    “That’s when I completely recognized parts of Syria that I’ve been to,” said Roug, Mashable’s global news editor.

    On Tuesday, Mashable published “Raqqa: An Inside Story.” The project includes a longform piece and an animation (with an Arabic translation) that were created with verified user-generated content. Both tell the story of one young Syrian man and how his life and the life of Raqqa changed as ISIS took over.

    Roug, who worked as a war correspondent and lived in Baghdad from 2004 to 2007, also reported from Syria. She knows how difficult and dangerous the country has become for journalists. Read more

  • Eat cereal, and other tips on creativity from Snapchat superstar Shonduras
    Snapchat celebrity Shonduras

    Snapchat celebrity Shonduras says anyone in a creative industry should involve the audience as often as possible. (Screen shot)

    When it comes to social media platforms, Snapchat users might be stuck with the most limitations. Most famous for its (supposedly) self-destructing messages, Snapchat limits videos to 10 seconds, text to 31 characters and offers only rudimentary tools for users to draw images.

    But Snapchat celebrity Shaun McBride, known as Shonduras to his followers, says Snapchat’s limitations foster creativity rather than restrict it.

    Hundreds of thousands of Snapchat users have tuned in to watch McBride, a 28-year-old Utah native, gorge on massive bowls of cereal, pretend each of his many airline flights is his first or perform skateboarding tricks with his luggage.

    McBride’s creativity and cheerfulness have built a massive and devoted fanbase and sizable earnings through branded stories. Read more

  • The New York Times’ grandpa jeans problem

    Good morning.

    1. Marketing veep tweets (what else?) his take

      Max Pfennighaus, the executive creative director of brand and marketing for The New York Times, was atwitter tweeting Monday. He wrote of the challenge of going digital when you've been around a long time and fetching a new audience while keeping the old. And, being a marketing guy, he cited "our core brand challenge," which elicited his mention of grandpas and strip clubs. OK, he actually said nightclubs (he does work for The Times). Relevance, he said, is his problem, not awareness. Still, we do hope, as Max does, that the paper keeps getting down and nerdy with apps, even if it must dispense with grandpa jeans in challenging the core conundrum. (NiemanLab)

    2. Like a Ronda Rousey mismatch, Stewart takes down Kurtz

      The shift of former CNN-Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz to Fox News has brought some seeming re-tailoring of his world view, which at times appears to seamlessly fit (perhaps coincidentally) his employer's ideological thrust.

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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.


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