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  • New Yorker cover artist says resemblance to August cartoon is unintentional

    The New Yorker’s new cover is a beautiful, understated take on the unrest in Ferguson this past week.
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    It also bears a strong resemblance to an Aug. 21 editorial cartoon by R.J. Matson. (courtesy Cagle)
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    Bob Staake, who illustrated the New Yorker cover, writes on Facebook that he hadn’t before seen Matson’s cartoon.

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    Daryl Cagle, who publishes the Cagle cartoons syndicate, told Poynter in an email that many New Yorker political covers follow in the footsteps of editorial cartoonists: “It would be more unusual if a New Yorker cover hadn’t been drawn by a political cartoonist first,” he wrote.

    Staake also told The New Yorker’s Mina Kaneko and Francoise Mouly he used to live in St. Louis and “At first glance, one might see a representation of the Gateway Arch as split and divided, but my hope is that the events in Ferguson will provide a bridge and an opportunity for the city, and also for the country, to learn and come together.”

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  • Lessons learned: TV-newspaper partner on investigative project

    Dallas TV station KXAS (NBC5) and the Dallas Morning News teamed up to investigate complaints of harassment by hundreds of soldiers at the Army’s Warrior Transition Units (WTU’s) that were designed to help the injured heal. In the process of documenting the poor treatment of Army veterans these separate media outlets learned about how to work together.

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    The story 
    The project, called “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises,” took more than six months of work, relied on hundreds of pages of government records and interviews with dozens of injured veterans who said they had been “ridiculed, harassed and threatened by the commanders of Army units created to help injured soldiers heal.

    Three of the nation’s 25 WTU’s’s are in Texas. The units are supposed to manage the care and treatment of wounded, ill or injured soldiers, whether they are physically or mentally injured, or both. 64,000 soldiers have used the treatment programs since 2007. “Hundreds of America’s active duty soldiers have complained about harassment, verbal abuse and mistreatment at the Army’s Warrior Transition Units that were designed to help the injured heal,” according to the investigation.

    The team examined five years of complaints involving soldiers from three Texas Warrior Transition Units at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss and Fort Sam Houston. The story produced a hefty 210 inch 5600-word display in the newspaper, two interactive web displays and a nearly 10-minute local TV story on a Sunday night newscast followed by a nearly seven minute piece on Monday.

    One of the key interviews in the project was with Sgt. Zach Filip, an Army combat medic who served in Afghanistan. He returned to the States suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder only to be re-traumatized by the 2009 shooting that killed 13 people at Ft. Hood. Filip saved the life of a police officer in that incident and The Army Times named him the 2010 Soldier of the Year. Filip said the WTU he was assigned made his problems “a lot worse, physically and mentally.”

     KXAS’s Website
    The Dallas Morning News website

    Key lessons of a partnership
    The team also valuable lessons about how to work across platforms and even across ownerships to produce the investigation. Among the lessons they say they learned:

    Share everything. If you are going to be partners, you have to commit to the idea and hold nothing back.

    Negotiate the release. Newspapers and TV stations have different cycles and a Sunday release might not be what a TV station would choose but it is perfect for newspapers. There’s also the online release, this team broke the first round of stories online, a day before the material appeared in print or on the air.

    Visit each other’s newsrooms. Get to know the cultures your partner lives in. It is also a show of respect when you “go to them” as much as “they come to you.”

    Share bylines. The contributors show up on all platforms. It honors each other’s contributions. It might sound small but it isn’t.

    Stay open.  Both the newspaper and TV journalists in this project said their partners made useful suggestions about content and style that each adapted. The partners said the other media’s “fresh set of eyes” made the stories sharper.

    It’s a lot more work. This is one consistent phrase I have seen over the years with the many combined projects Poynter.org has examined — partnerships require more work than going it alone. Partnerships require roughly twice the communication, scheduling headaches and you negotiate everything that you normally would not have to from the title of the project to when to roll it out and how. But, as you will read below, the partners say the additional work is not only worth it, it has been key to reaching audiences, landing interviews and maybe getting results. So much so, the partners are already planning the next project.

    Choosing the journalists
    Both KXAS and The Dallas Morning News said “who” does the job is nearly as important and “what” they will be investigating.  The journalists had to be able to share information and credit. They had to be willing to allow their partner to publish first and they had to be willing to allow others to critique, edit and suggest ways to improve stories. It is not for everybody.

    I talked with team members of the team by phone and email.

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    KXAS/NBC5 investigative reporter Scott Friedman and investigative producer Eva Parks have covered other stories about the treatment of veterans. Friedman has been honored for his aggressive use of public records to prove his stories. Parks and Friedman met some of the first sources for this story during their reporting of the aftermath of a 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood. They filed their first open records requests for this project more than a year ago.

    The Dallas Morning News provided Dave Tarrant, an experienced narrative storyteller who has written extensively on soldiers returning from war.

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    Tom Huang, the DMN Sunday and Enterprise Editor said, “Dave was the lead writer on the newspaper stories, but Scott and Eva’s reporting was so integral to the stories that we knew we wanted to give them bylines – there was never a question in my mind. They also had a lot of feedback for Dave when he showed them early drafts. He did quite a bit of rewriting of the second day’s main story based on some ideas Scott had.”

    Why form a partnership with another media outlet?
    Parks:  “We knew that we wanted to do a partnership investigation when the partnership formed a year ago.  We had filed a Freedom of Information request with the Army June 2013.  When we finally got word this summer that we were getting closer to receiving the records we thought this would be the perfect joint project for us to present to the Morning News.  We weren’t exactly sure what type of records we’d get but we knew it would be voluminous and when they assigned Dave Tarrant we were excited because of his strong military background that he’d add an extra layer of reporting.”

    “Doing a story like this with a print partner brings your story to a whole new audience.  It was exciting to start receiving feedback before the report aired because of the buzz created by releasing Dave’s version in the Sunday paper. The print version also goes into more depth that a TV report could never do.”

    Tarrant: “To begin with, collaboration is a major value in itself. Instead of just sharing each other’s finished products, we had a chance to work together, share insights, develop reporting strategies and discuss storytelling techniques. That kind of collaboration leads to creative ideas and new ways of thinking about stories. In no small way, a partnership like this can begin to change the culture at the institutional level. In a digital world, that kind of fundamental change, if done right, is a very good thing. At the team level, Scott and Eva are battle-hardened investigative reporters, very organized and able to focus like a laser beam on the key issues. I learned a lot working with them, and I tried to bring my experience in reporting and writing narratives to look for ways to tell the story through central characters.”

    Friedman: “Our investigative team had already filed a FOIA request asking for the Army documents – and we had talked with several families who had concerns about treatment they received in these units – prior to us approaching the DMN with the idea.  But they were on board before we shot any interviews and before we received the FOIA records.  So Dave was involved in conducting all of the interviews and examining the records with us.”

    Eva Parks, Dave Tarrant, Scott Friedman (Left to -Right). Each document represents a complaint filed by a solider about treatment at an Army Warrior Transition Unit.

    The Logistics 
    Huang: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises” was our first major investigative project that we collaborated on. We worked as a true team from the beginning, sharing ideas, going to planning meetings, mapping out what the print, digital and broadcast stories would cover. Dave, Scott and Eva did all their reporting together, sharing all their notes and documents. I shared drafts of Dave’s stories with Executive Producer Shannon Hammel, Scott and Eva; and Shannon shared Scott’s scripts with Dave and me. Our lawyer and their lawyer read all of DMN’s stories and NBC5’s scripts ahead of time.  We even had a session where we all got together to brainstorm the name of the series, “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises,” and the hashtag #InjuredHeroes for Twitter.  Dave and I went to planning meetings in NBC5’s newsroom several times over the past few months, and Executive Producer Shannon Hammel visited the DMN’s newsroom pretty much on a daily basis. Having that face-to-face time was really important and helped us feel comfortable in working with one another.”

    Friedman:  “We agreed in the beginning that everyone would share equal credit.  Dave would have producer credit on our TV story – and we would be part of the paper’s reporting team.  We spent a lot of time with Dave throughout the project talking about the major findings and discussing narrative for both the TV and the print stories.  As we wrote print and TV copy we shared it with each other and offered suggestions and tweaked each other’s work.  The biggest challenge was understanding parts of each other’s internal timelines and processes.  We held weekly or bi-weekly meetings along the way.”

    Joint interviews and shared information
    Friedman: “The one major agreement we had from the beginning was that Dave and I would try to conduct every interview together.  In most cases the two of us would meet for a phone call with the interview subject before we shot the TV interview.  This helped us get more of the details and color we would need for the newspaper story – and helped us prepare for the TV interview.  Dave attended all the TV interviews either in person or on speaker phone so he could listen and ask questions.”

    Tarrant: “We did nearly all the interviews together, going over what questions to ask.  When Scott was filming an interview, I would sit on the side taking notes and wait until he was finished. In some cases, I conducted interviews beforehand, while the KXAS photojournalist, Peter Hull, was setting up equipment. In other cases, I would wait until Scott was done and ask follow-up questions. In a few cases, I called back later to get more details. In a few ancillary cases, we did interviews separately but shared transcripts.”

    Huang: “Because Dave is a narrative writer, he also had to spend time hanging out with the soldiers and observing their daily lives, and he did most of that by himself. Vernon Bryant, DMN’s photojournalist, would often visit the soldiers days later, because we didn’t want to have both our photographer and NBC5’s photographer be there at the same time.”

    Timing is key and negotiated
    The investigation rolled out in waves.

    The Dallas Morning News’ website published first, on Saturday. Then the newspaper published on Sunday followed by the in-depth TV story Sunday night following a highly-viewed Dallas Cowboys game on KXAS. Keep in mind, television stations across America are in the midst of the important Nielsen November “sweeps” period” that lasts until November 26th.

    The website didn’t include video, at first but did include detailed stories, photos and documents to support the story.

    Huang: “We typically post those interactives online on the Friday or Saturday before Sunday’s print publication. Friday is ideal because we capture more online readers then. In this case, we negotiated with NBC5, and they were OK with us posting our online interactive late Saturday afternoon.”

    The DMN.com folks added NBC5’s video story and cross-linked to their online package after they aired their story Sunday night.

    Friedman:  “The two organizations wanted to put the story in front of as many potential eyes as possible. So the combination of a Sunday edition of the DMN – and big Sunday night audience following a Dallas Cowboys game seemed to provide the best.  DMN launched Saturday night – releasing the online interactive story and then publishing part one of the series in the early edition of the Sunday morning paper. We aired a preview piece on Saturday night. The full DMN story hit the paper on Sunday morning and we followed with part one of the TV series on Sunday night.”

     Measuring success
    Huang: “We’re hoping our stories will get the attention of lawmakers and policy folks who focus on how soldiers are cared for when they return home from war. It will be meaningful if some change happens for the better, and if the Army seeks to improve these Warrior Transition Units. Of course, it would be nice to get good newspaper sales, online page views and broadcast ratings. But I think the project has already been a success, because this was the first time that DMN and NBC5 partnered on a major investigative project, and we were able to make it work really well. NBC5′s Executive Producer Shannon Hammel and I are already talking about what we’d like to do next.”

    Parks: “For us, doing a report like this is all about making a difference and shedding light on how the Army cares for injured soldiers.  The people we talked to were brave to share their story with us and we hope the report will lead to some positive changes so that other soldiers may not have to go through that type of experience again.”

    Tarrant:  “It’s been seven years since The Washington Post broke the stories that have come to be known as the “Walter Reed scandal.” Since then, we haven’t heard much about the program that was set up in the wake of that scandal. We’re hoping that our stories draw attention to the fact that there are still problems with how the Army cares for its wounded and ill soldiers when they return home from war. We hope the stories will help lead to changes that will improve this vital program.”

    The team said that it is still awaiting more than 6,000 additional pages of documents from the federal government and that already it is following up on additional leads from veterans and families who have stories to tell.

    “We have heard from the families we covered,” KXAS’ Eva Parks said. “They said they were pleased with the coverage and they thanked us for listening.”

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  • Fergus Bell leaves AP for startup that helps newsrooms verify content

    Fergus Bell, who helped the Associated Press develop standards for verifying user-generated content, will become the head of newsroom partnerships and innovation at Social Asset Management Inc. SAM sells software to newsrooms that helps them build verification of UGC into their workflows.

    “Moving to a startup was something that was pretty difficult, but I think it was a natural extension of the work I’ve been doing,” Bell said in a phone call. He’s SAM’s first employee with a news background and will visit newsrooms considering its product, as well as help his coworkers figure out what newsrooms need.

    Bell will remain in London. He said SAM’s small size (he’ll be its sixth employee) was a major enticement to move from AP, where he was international social media and UGC editor — “I’m really excited to be a part of a team where an idea can come up in the morning and be executed in the afternoon,” he said.

    At SAM he’ll also apply some of the thinking he’s developed as co-leader of the Online News Association’s ethics working group, which examines the ethical dimensions of gathering content from outside traditional news sources. He intends to help the company “build an ethical product” that will be mindful of both those sharing content as well as people sifting through it.

    One issue: “Vicarious trauma,” he says, when journalists have to look at disturbing content. Newsrooms working with SAM can “tag that content in a newsroom so perhaps junior staff don’t have to see it if they don’t want to,” he said. Another thing: Making sure the originators of content are credited — SAM makes it easy to “bake in” credit to originators — and making sure newsrooms can communicate with them.

    Yet another dimension: Considering the impact that sharing content may have on its creators. “That’s something that I’m thinking about in my ethics working group, but it’s also something I can bring to SAM,” Bell said.

    SAM is not a direct competitor to Storyful, Bell said: It doesn’t verify content for newsrooms; it gives them the tools to do that themselves, and Bell may be able to help them design workflows. (One nice feature: the software allows people in the same newsroom to see what others are working on, so they don’t all descend on someone with a killer piece of UGC.)

    “This is the first time that I’ll get to work with newsrooms that have audiences as well,” he said. He looks forward to seeing “how the UGC best practices that I’ve been preaching can be used.”

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SPC Winners Announced
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:40

 

The following is a list of the first and second place winners as announced at the Syracuse Press Club's 36th Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Dinner. The event was held Saturday, May 3rd at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. Read on for the list!

2013 categories

RADIO

SPOT NEWS

First place: WRVO-FM, Joanna Richards, “North Country scraping its way out of blanket of ice”

Judges’ comments: Great example of spot news that is immediately useful to the listener, while undated enough to last a few hours. Nice job keeping the storm in perspective.

Second place: WRVO-FM, Ryan Delaney and Ellen Abbott, “Drone crashes into Lake Ontario; military finds pieces”

Judges’ comments: Well done and thorough coverage throughout the day. The supplement of frequent online updates makes it even stronger.

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

First place: WRVO-FM, Ryan Delaney, “‘Totalitarian’ culture and pay questions at Upstate Hospital”

Judges’ comments: Nice use of FOI to further the story. Also good supporting materials online, including sharing relevant documents obtained through the FOI request.

Second place: WRVO-FM, Ryan Delaney, “Remington Arms in a post-SAFE Act New York”

Judges’ comments: Solid coverage over time of the facts, speculations and emotions of gun control.

NEWS FEATURE

First place: WAER-FM, Chris Bolt, “Local company embodies history of prosthetics”

Judges’ comments: Well done two-part story, with entertaining elements about the family's growth and educational elements about prosthetics. A good listen!

Second place: WRVO-FM, Joanna Richards, “A behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a Fort Drum soldier”

Judges’ comments: Nice story telling and use of nat sound

 

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

 

First place: WAER-FM, John Smith, “Everson museum ‘exhibits’ the art of the game”

Judges’ comments: This story is a lot of fun with efficient use of great sound!

Second place: WAER-FM, Chris Bolt, “Music legend Garland Jeffries returns to Syracuse and his musical roots”

Judges’ comments: Great use of sound and story telling to reveal a local legend.

SPORTS STORY

First place: WAER-FM, Gabe Altieri, “Julian Whigham: Football player battles with esophageal disease”

Judges’ comments: Extremely well-rounded human interest sports feature. Nice work!

Second place: WRVO-FM, Gino Geruntino, “Cortland finds economic partner in Jets”

SPORTS SHOW

First place: WAER-FM, Gabe Altieri and Evan Weston, “Countdown to kickoff: Pregame for Syracuse University in the Texas Bowl”

Judges’ comments: Outstanding production value, with use of live, pre-produced and archival audio. A great listen!

Second place: WAER-FM, Matt Appel and Marc Weber, “SportsNight: ACC Conference on the rise”

REGULARLY SCHEDULED LOCAL NEWSCAST

First place: WAER-FM, Scott Willis and Chris Bolt, “Local newscast of July 17, 2013”

Judges’ comments: Well-rounded newscast with a variety of coverage, phone and field tape. Nice representation of what we should all do every day.

Second place: WRVO-FM, WRVO news department and Jason Smith, “November 6 – morning newscasts”

Judges’ comments: Thorough election coverage for a large and diverse region, nice work.

DOCUMENTARY

First place: WRVO-FM, Garrick Utley, Sidsel Overgaard, Catherine Loper and Mark Lavonier, “New York in the new world”

Judges’ comments: This program is truly welcoming, literally and figuratively. It is highly produced with care, is well-written and takes the listener on a journey of New York State, past and present.

Second place: WRVO-FM, Catherine Loper and Mark Lavonier, “Government funding of health care in upstate New York”

Judges’ comments: Great coverage!

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM

First place: WRVO-FM, Lorraine Rapp, Linda Lowen, Catherine Loper and Leah Landry, “Take Care: I-STOP – the pros and cons of New York state’s new law regulating prescription drug abuse”

Judges’ comments: Take Care is full of useful and accessible segments. It makes meaningful sense of health issues that matter to the community.

Second place: WAER-FM (freelance), Allie Wenner, “East Side Spotlight”

Judges’ comments: Excellent use of sound to tell relevant public affairs stories.

DAILY PRINT MEDIA

SPOT NEWS

First place: The Post-Standard, Staff, “Nightmare at suburban mall”

Judges’ comments: A harrowing story well told. You can feel the community's anguish.

Second place: The Post-Standard, Sean Kirst, “On the Thruway: Flames, destruction and a crushed door – and then it opened”

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

First place: The Post-Standard, Michelle Briedenbach, “Live from New York: State to give $420 million in tax credits this year to movies, TV studios”

Judges’ comments: Excellent job of explaining the issue and revealing the lengths the state went to to hide the information about the tax credits. Also good explanation comparing New York's practice in context with other states.

Second place: The Post-Standard, Marnie Eisenstadt and staff, “Behind the pattern of breakdowns in electronic ankle monitors that allowed murder/child rape”

NEWS FEATURE / SERIES

First place: The Post-Standard, Paul Riede, “Say Yes at 5: Progress in Syracuse schools? Officials see hope despite spotty academic gains”

Judges’ comments: Exhaustively researched and well written, this series succeeds in describing the program as well as analyzing the issues still facing it.

Second place: The Post-Standard, Dave Tobin and Charley Hannigan, “Missing $808,000 isn't only mystery surrounding Auburn teachers union official's suicide”

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

First place: The Post-Standard, Dave Tobin, “A prodigy's promise: A young violinist's family flees China and dazzles here”

Judges’ comments: None

Second place: The Post-Standard, Marnie Eisenstadt, “Syracuse chef gives up his restaurant to feed the homeless”

SPORTS STORY

First place: The Post-Standard, Mike Waters, “Syracuse basketball assistant Mike Hopkins opens up about USC job, relationship with Jim Boeheim” 

Judges’ comments: None

Second place: The Post-Standard, Chris Carlson, “Final Four 2013: A visit with Fab Melo, who could've been with Syracuse in Atlanta right now”

NON-DAILY PRINT MEDIA

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

First place: Syracuse New Times, Carol Thompson, “The Road in Hannibal”

Judges’ comments: A top-notch, in-depth look at a very questionable action by a public official. What was most impressive was that the reporting led to public action. Great job!

Second place: The Valley News, Carol Thompson, “Another questionable bid surfaces in county”

Judges’ comments: An interesting series that looks into questionable bid processes. The writer is dogged in her pursuit of the truth -- nicely done.

NEWS FEATURE / SERIES

First place: Eagle Star-Review, Sarah Hall, “Becoming Drew”

Judges’ comments: Compelling story, sensitively told.

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Fred Fiske and Michael Davis, “Commies”

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

First place: Catholic Sun, Claudia Mathis, “Project Rachel Ministry offers healing”

Judges’ comments: Not only is this story well written but it reaches out to women who might be silently suffering.

Second place: Eagle Star-Review, Sarah Hall, “The bigger picture”

SPORTS STORY

First place: Syracuse New Times, Stephen Cohen, “The Other Guys”

Judges’ comments: A great contextual piece that puts an alternative face on a highly public event. The reporting is sharp. The storytelling is compelling. And the writing is engaging. Nicely done.

Second place: Urban CNY, Russ Tarby, “Robinson remembered/black cat incident recalled”

Judges’ comments: A strong story that mixes history with the present day. It was engaging from the first to last sentence.

SPECIAL INTEREST PRINT MEDIA

MAGAZINE

First place: The Stand, Staff, “Vox/Voz”

Judges’ comments: None

Second place: CNY Good Life, Linda Bien and Peter Allen, “July/August”

ALL PRINT

COLUMN

First place: Syracuse New Times, Jeff Kramer, “Kramer at the White House”

Judges’ comments: Kramer puts us right there shaking hands with the president of the United States, humorously capturing all the ceremonial pomp and personal panic of the occasion.

Second place: Eagle Star-Review, Sarah Hall, “Still in our hearts, 20 years later”

 

CRITIQUE

 

First place: The Post-Standard, Chris Baker, “Why hip-hop in Syracuse gets an unfair rap”

Judges’ comments: The writer offered a fresh look that causes the reader to think differently about the subject. This is a great example of how a critique can make people really think about the subject matter in a different light.

Second place: The Reporter, Rabbi Rachel Esserman, “Secrets in Berlin”

Judges’ comments: A great lead can make or break any story. The writer understands that well and uses it to set the scene for a powerful piece. Great job!

 

EDITORIAL

 

First place: The Post-Standard, Steve Carlic, “Brad Hulett’s Taser arrest: He deserves an apology and the public deserves an explanation”

Judges’ comments: Solid job of calling out police and jail officials for flagrant abuse of a citizen.

Second place: The Post-Standard, Marie Morelli, “Eminent domain the last, best hope for freeing the Hotel Syracuse”

 

HEADLINE WRITING

 

First place: Syracuse New Times, Bill DeLapp (entry No. 1)

Judges’ comments: Clever and apt wordplay yield bright headlines that grow naturally from these stories, drawing in readers with unforced charm.

Second place: The Post-Standard, Sonja Duntley

Judges’ comments: "Pass the peace" is delicious wordplay, while the dolphin and dark headlines deliver the unexpected to win over readers' curiosity.

FEATURE PHOTO

First place: The Post-Standard, Dennis Nett, “Slamma Jamma”

Judges’ comments: This a great action show made stronger with the shadow of the player. The photo demonstrates how strong black and white photography can be.

Second place: The Post-Standard, Kevin Rivoli, “Lemonade Stand”

Judges’ comments: Nicely framed feature shot of the "double team" of lemonade sellers

PHOTO ESSAY

First place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “State Fair”

Judges’ comments: The many images capture the many delights at the state fair.

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Saratoga”

SPORTS PHOTO

First place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Ostrich racing”

Judges’ comments: Almost flying through the air, if Ostriches could fly!

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim”

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

First place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Firudo”

Judges’ comments: This photo is good enough to eat. Photographer took a crisp shot with sharp color and detail.

Second place: None

PORTRAIT

First place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Greg Davis sings”

Judges’ comments: A moment's musical ecstasy captured.

Second place: Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Communist”

FRONT PAGE DESIGN:

First place: The Post-Standard, Susan Santola

Judges’ comments: The page design is very clean and easy to read. The use of color adds pop to the page and draws the reader's eye right in.

Second place: The Catholic Sun, Willie Putmon

Judges’ comments: Clean design with nice use of typography. The pages are easy to read and also attractive to look at.

GRAPHICS/ART ILLUSTRATION

First place: CNY Good Life, Peter Allen, “CNY Observer – July/August”

Judges’ comments: Nicely captures the mood of the article.

Second place: CNY Good Life, Peter Allen, “CNY Observer – Sept/Oct”

Judges’ comments: A good job encapsulating the mood of the story.

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

SPOT NEWS

First place: CNY Central, Laura Hand and Andy Wolf, “Mudslide closed portion of Route 20 in Madison County”

Judges’ comments: Excellent reporting and clear presentation of facts. The story was reported in both an informative and a creative way to really engage the viewer. Overall, a very strong entry.

Second place: CNY Central, Katie Corrado, “Gushing waters force evacuations in Oneida area”

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

First place: WSYR TV, Leigh Isaacson and Scott Irving, “School chemical explosion”

Judges’ comments: The burn photos and Skype interview were great extras which put this report above the rest.

Second place: WWNY TV, Asa Stackel, “Common Core”

NEWS FEATURE

First place: YNN, Brian Dwyer, “A Day on the Farm”

Judges’ comments: Excellent production values and great use of sound. Bravo!

Second place: WKTV, Allison Norlian and Tom Geise, “Sex offenders on Halloween”

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

First place: WBNG-TV, Perry Russom, “Binghamton Youth Orchestra: Symphony of Sound”

Judges’ comments: This piece is a great human interest story. Not only does the reporter have a firm grasp on dynamic story telling, but the piece was put together in a visually stimulating manner. Well done.

Second place: YNN, Brian Dwyer and R.D. White, “The Battle of Sacketts Harbor”

SPORTS STORY

First place: WENY-TV, Andy Malnoske, “Cold silence: Elmira goalie Jeff Mansfield”

Judges’ comments: Wonderful synthesis of sound, framing and movement to tell a moving story.

Second place: CNY Central, Kellie Cowan, “Gallaudet football’s Cinderella season”

Judges’ comments: Amazing story, artfully told.

SPORTS SHOW

First place: WSYR-TV, WSYR-TV Sports Department, “Rewind and reload: Tournament edition”

Judges’ comments: Polished performances, great context and interviews beyond the usual rah-rah stuff. Nailed it!

Second place: YNN, Staff, “ACC Football 101”

Judges’ comments: Smart packaging, smooth delivery, good variety in presenting information makes this engaging.

VIDEO JOURNALISM

First place: YNN, Katie Gibas

Judges’ comments: Creative and well-written pieces.

Second place: WENY-TV, Andy Malnoske

VIDEO ESSAY

First place: WSYR-TV, Jim Kearns, “Jiu Jitsu donations”

Judges’ comments: Great production values and packaging.

Second place: CNY Central, Lewis Karpel, “Super DIRT Week is back at Brewerton Speedway”

SPECIAL PROGRAM

First place: WSYR-TV, Carrie Lazarus, Shawn Wayson, Jessica Purchiaroni, “Class of 2013”

Judges’ comments: Great insight into the graduating class of 2013. This is a nice way to highlight their accomplishments, as well as hear the thoughts of our future leaders. This could have been a very fluffy piece, but it has some good substance to it.

Second place: YNN, Staff, “Live from the Fair”

Judges’ comments: Good mix of lighter stories and harder news.

ONLINE JOURNALISM CATEGORY

MULTIMEDIA STORY

First place: Syracuse.com, Dave Tobin, “A prodigy’s promise: A young violinist’s family flees China and dazzles here”

Judges’ comments: Good use of all elements--words, photos and video--to tell the amazing and inspiring story of a child prodigy violinist; This deserves future follow-up,

Second place: WAER.com, Chris Bolt, “Cycling the Erie Canal: Ride along with the tour”

Judges’ comments: A picturesque journey without leaving your chair. Great photos and good copy capture what it is like to cycle along the Erie Canal.

NEWS WEBSITE

First place: 9wsyr.com, LocalSyr.com

Judges’ comments: This was a difficult category to judge since all of the websites are attractive and informative. This one provides users with a complete packages...right down to streaming.

Second place: Syracuse New Times, syracusenewtimes.com

Judges’ comments: Attractive, colorful homepage grabs the user's attention.

BLOG

First place: urbancny.com, Ken Jackson, “The Hall Monitor”

Judges’ comments: Not only is Ken a good writer, but he's not afraid to tackle thought provoking topics that many in his audience may not agree with. A refreshing voice.

Second place: syracuse.com, Kevin Rivoli, “Photographer’s journal”

Judges’ comments: This blog focuses attention on a problem that is always with society but is too often swept aside. Combination of words and photos are powerful.

PUBLIC RESOURCES

First place: WSYR-FM, OnTheLookout.net

Judges’ comments: This site is a real public service. It enables the general public to keep on top of crimes news and perhaps provide information to the police. The site itself is colorful, well-designed an easy to navigate. The mugs shots are scary, but helpful!

Second place: None

Student Contest

BEST NEWS STORY

First place: The Newshouse, Tyler Greenawalt, Andrew Renneisen and Ethan Backer, “Obama promotes higher education reform in speech at Henninger High School”

Judges’ comments: Excellent online written coverage of Obama's visit, fairly presenting the President's views on education as well as those of a few dissenters. Excellent photos of the event, dramatically presented online

Second place: The Oswegonian, Patrick Malowski, “Students chalk up Tyler Hall for Banned Books Week”

Judges’ comments: Dramatic and colorful video report on the important subject of banned books. Crisply edited with well-composed shots. Well-written naration.

BEST SPORTS STORY

First place: The Newshouse, Alison Joy, Lauren Teng, Callan Gray and Joe Diglio, “The Freshman Philosopher”

Judges’ comments: Beautifully done. Touching music. Wonderful and likable subject. And treated with great tenderness and respect.

Second place: NCC News, Kevin Fitzgerald, “Hoops Parity”

Judges’ comments: Informative and funny, professional, very well produced with great music. Very nice.

BEST FEATURE STORY

First place: The Newshouse, Andrew Renneisen, “Caring for Doug”

Judges’ comments: Moving account of a dedicated wife who cares for her husband after he suffers a major stroke. Video is moving and enhances the online post.

Second place: The Newshouse, Allie Caren, “In their shoes”

BEST MULTIMEDIA STORY

First place: The Newshouse, staff, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The legacy of Pan Am Flight 103”

Judges’ comments: Very well-done and thorough handling of a very sensitive topic. Excellent use of multi-media one would have expected from a professional newspaper. Bravo!

Second place: The Oswegonian, Patrick Malowski, “Students, campus leaders weigh entertainment vs. harm of SUNY Party Stories”

Judges’ comments: Fantastic and fascinating story. Good use of video. And it will be interesting to see if this phenomenon spreads to other colleges. Great job! 

 
"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


E.R. Vadeboncoeur

WSYR Radio and TV

Syracuse Journal

Mention the name E.R. Vadeboncoeur and it's his radio news broadcasts and Election Night commentaries that come to mind for many longtime Central New Yorkers. Long forgotten is that "Curly," as he was known to his friends, started out to be a newspaperman.

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