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  • Somalia now tops CPJ’s list of countries where journalists are murdered with impunity

    For the first time since 2008, Iraq isn’t at the top of Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual Impunity Index. The annual report details countries where journalists are killed with no resulting convictions. This year, the top spot went to Somalia.

    The report, which was released Thursday, includes 14 countries where at least five journalists were murdered and no one was convicted of those murders. According to the index, “around 96 percent of victims are local reporters. The majority covered politics and corruption in their home countries.”

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    From the report:

    Not one year has passed over the last decade without a journalist being murdered in civil war-wracked Somalia, which first appeared on the index in 2008. At least 30 journalists have been murdered without any consequence for the perpetrators in this index period, the majority targeted by Al-Shabaab militants who for years have threatened and assaulted journalists in relation to their coverage of the group’s activities.

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  • Bill Simmons hammers ESPN again, concedes Grantland wasn’t profitable

    Vanity Fair

    Bill Simmons, the sportswriter and broadcaster who was bounced from ESPN, told a Vanity Fair gathering that the sports network avoided overt criticism of the National Football League.

    “The way ESPN has covered the N.F.L. for the last year has been really shaky,” Simmons told the magazine’s “New Establishment” conference in San Francisco Wednesday.

    He cited the domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, saying, “You didn’t really see it on ESPN. You saw it everywhere else. You start to say, ‘Wait a minute, this is their biggest partner. Are they holding back a little?’”

    He criticized other networks in a similar vein. “They’re not going to criticize them because they need the [television] rights.”

    Bob Ley, an ESPN stalwart, quickly tweeted a response to Simmons and said he was entitled to his own opinions, “not his own set of facts.”

    Simmons, who has moved to HBO, indicated that his Grantland venture on ESPN was unprofitable. Read more

  • The winner of the Nobel Prize in literature went to j-school
    Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, is surrounded as she leaves a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, for works that the prize judges called "a monument to suffering and courage." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, is surrounded as she leaves a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, for works that the prize judges called “a monument to suffering and courage.” (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Want to win a Nobel Prize in literature? Just go to journalism school. In Minsk.

    Case in point: Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in literature. The Guardian’s Marta Bausells described her as “the Belarusian writer whose oral histories have recorded thousands of individual voices to map the implosion of the Soviet Union.”

    Her books, which she says take about 10 years to write, are based upon thousands of interviews with people – often they are women and children – who lived through disasters such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. Read more

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



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.


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.


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




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.


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”


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”


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.


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!


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.



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”


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”


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”


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”


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”



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.


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”


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”


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.



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

Judges’ comments: None

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



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”




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!




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”




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.


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


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”


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”


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


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”


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.


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.



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”


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”


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”


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”


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.


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.


First place: YNN, Katie Gibas

Judges’ comments: Creative and well-written pieces.

Second place: WENY-TV, Andy Malnoske


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”


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.



First place:, 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:, 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.


First place:,

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,

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


First place:, 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:, 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.


First place: WSYR-FM,

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


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.


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.


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”


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! 

"Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of [achieving] a free society."
Felix Frankfurter, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

Wall of Distinction

Art Peterson




Club President: 1969

Art Peterson began his 38-year news media career "inauspiciously," he says, as a "gopher" -- sort of an office boy at the old World-Telegram in New York City.

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