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  • AP CEO says murdering journalists should be a war crime

    Good morning. Here are 11 media stories.

    1. Protecting the free press

      Associated Press Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt called for an international legal standard of punishment for people who kill and kidnap journalists Monday during a speech at Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondents' Club. "The single most treacherous threat to journalists is killing with impunity. Impunity for those who kill journalists only empowers them." (AP) | "Last year was a particularly deadly year for the AP — four of the news cooperative's journalists were killed on assignment." (AP) | Related: The man who fatally shot AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus in Afghanistan was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week. AP correspondent Kathy Gannon, who was injured in the shooting, reaffirmed her resolution to go back to Afghanistan. "I will return for both of us." (AP)

    2. The next most trusted name in fake news

      Comedy Central has named a successor for longtime "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart: Trevor Noah, who joined the show in December. Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless discussed the selection process. "You don’t hope to find the next Jon Stewart – there is no next Jon Stewart. So, our goal was to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different." (The New York Times)

    3. Is the leaked Germanwings transcript fair game?

      A transcript from a recorder aboard Germanwings Flight 9525 leaked to the German newspaper Bild last week details the final moments of the plane, which went down in the French Alps on Tuesday. (CNN) | On Sunday's edition of "Reliable Sources," CNN business and aviation correspondent Richard Quest said the transcript didn't need to be leaked. "Now, there is a difference between leaking the core fact and leaking the individual document which has the detail, details that frankly the families don't need to know yet and we don't need to know." (CNN) | The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations condemned the leak. "It is vital for the investigating body to ensure all information under their control is properly handled until the completion of the investigation." (Business Wire)

    4. Apple CEO takes First Amendment stand

      In an opinion piece for The Washington Post Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out against recent legislation that would allow business owners to refuse service to customers on the basis of their religious beliefs. "These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear." (The Washington Post) | "Supporters of the Indiana law say it prevents the government from compelling people to provide services such as wedding photography for same-sex weddings or other activities they find objectionable on religious grounds." (ABC News)

    5. Athletes leapfrog traditional reporting

      Richard Sandomir examines The Players' Tribune, a website founded by MLB star Derek Jeter that aims to "give an athlete a platform to say what is on his or her mind, serious or not, without a reporter playing the journalistic middleman." (The New York Times) | On Thursday, the site published a first-person essay from Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz, who defended himself from allegations of using performance enhancing drugs. "In some people’s minds, I will always be considered a cheater. And that’s bullshit." (The Players' Tribune) | Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy responded, suggesting Ortiz may have been unwise to discuss steroid use. "Jeter failed you on this one. A good editor would have discouraged this theme." (The Boston Globe)

    6. Last week in AP Style

      There was a flurry of stories toward the end of last week that tackled one of the most pressing issues for Poynter readers: the annual revision of the AP Stylebook. Here are some highlights: You can call your sandwich a BLT on first reference. (Poynter) | The stylebook will have an updated entry on suicide that discourages going into details. (Poynter) | AP is still considering making a ruling on the term "Redskins." (Poynter) | Deadspin weighed in on the new sports style guidelines. "Getting rid of 'dingers' is a bad move. 'Dingers' is an excellent word for home runs. 'Jacks' is OK. 'Taters' is the best." (Deadspin) | Kevin Draper also laid out an incomplete styleguide for the site. (Deadspin)

    7. Blogger sentenced to flogging speaks

      Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger given 1,000 lashes for criticizing the country's clerics, called the punishment "cruel" in a letter from prison. "Badawi, 31, recalled that he was 'surrounded by a cheering crowd who cried incessantly ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest)' during the whipping, according to a pre-released article from Der Spiegel’s edition to be published on Saturday." (The Guardian) | The punishment has been condemned by Reporters Without Borders. (Reporters Without Borders)

    8. John Burns retires

      Several journalists reflected on the career of New York Times correspondent John Burns, who retired last week. "For 40 years at The Times, John Burns reported from bases in Johannesburg, Moscow, China, Bosnia, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and London — not to mention the countless other datelines he accumulated in the more than 3,000 stories he wrote." (The New York Times) | Burns will contribute to the international and sports desks. (The New York Times) | "Few contemporary foreign correspondents have worked in as many conflict zones as Burns. And fewer have his gift for telling vivid tales of ordinary lives interrupted by war." (The Atlantic) | "Two bits of journalism advice I got from John Burns: 1) Show up wherever the story is. 2) Pencils are more reliable than pens." (‏@ravisomaiya) | He now has his own about page. (The New York Times) | Burns' final story before his retirement. (The New York Times)

    9. 'A little bit of flirting' in 'Serial'

      At a Boston University conference Sunday, "Serial" host Sarah Koenig discussed her interactions with Adnan Syed, whose homicide case provided the focal point for the hit podcast. "'Sometimes, as uncomfortable as it is to admit it, there’s a little bit of flirting going on,' Koenig said, of listening back on her reporting. 'I’m a little cringe-y looking back. I’m laughing too much. It sounds like we’re friends.'" (The Boston Globe)

    10. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare

      The Spokesman-Review goes big with the loss of hometown favorite Gonzaga University to the Duke University Blue Devils. (Courtesy the Newseum)


    11. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

      Marc Weiner has been named news director at FIOS1 News in New York. Previously, he was an executive producer for Al Jazeera America. (Rick Gevers) | Gregg Birnbaum will be a senior news editor at CNN Money. He is managing editor and head of political content at the New York Daily News. (Capital New York) | Tanzina Vega will be a digital correspondent at CNN Politics. She is a reporter at The New York Times. (Poynter) | Nikki-Dee Ray has joined the weather team at WTVR. Previously, she was chief meteorologist at KLBK. (TV Spy) | Job of the day: The Boston Globe is looking for a digital reporter. Get your résumés in! ( | Send Ben your job moves:

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  • Career Beat: Gregg Birnbaum named senior news editor at CNN Money

    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

    • Marc Weiner has been named news director at FIOS1 News in New York. Previously, he was an executive producer for Al Jazeera America. (Rick Gevers)
    • Gregg Birnbaum will be a senior news editor at CNN Money. He is managing editor and head of political content at the New York Daily News. (Capital New York)
    • Tanzina Vega will be a digital correspondent at CNN Politics. She is a reporter at The New York Times. (Poynter)
    • Nikki-Dee Ray has joined the weather team at WTVR. Previously, she was chief meteorologist at KLBK. (TV Spy)

    Job of the day: The Boston Globe is looking for a digital reporter. Get your résumés in! (

    Send Ben your job moves:

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  • 10 leadership lessons learned from NewsU’s last 10 years

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    Friday, April 10 is the 10th anniversary of Poynter’s News University. In addition to other celebrations going on around Poynter, we’ve pulled together a series of lists from NewsU’s work and hosts from the past 10 years.

    The producers at Poynter’s News University get to scout for talent and observe everything from the innovative ideas that percolate from the brains of talented people to industry changing norms. We interact with the journalism “celebrities” so we can tap into their genius to formulate, condense and disseminate teaching that can be bottled into one hour Webinars held almost every week.

    Here are some of the lessons that we have learned here from our visitor instructors.

    1. Listen and coach:

    The best insights into people come when you listen carefully to what they have to say. Listening allows you to understand the passion, excitement, concerns, fears and doubts of others. Sometimes people have a great idea but you can be the coach who helps them articulate their ideas and guide them through to fame and fortune just because you listened.

    2. Experiment and take risks:

    Many presenters who were entrepreneurs and “big ideas” industry leaders had one thing in common. They broke the rules and took risks. They experimented and failed and learned. They came up with thought processes and new workflows and new tools to keep up with the changing world of journalism. They also had the wisdom to learn from their mistakes and in turn taught others to avoid the pitfalls.

    3. Expand your knowledge:

    Reading and learning are the fuels to keep good journalism happening. If you want to lead by example then you have to be knowledgeable about thoughts and ideas. Reading and writing to keep your creative juices flowing is one of the key ingredients to be a great journalist.

    4. Be open to ideas and think positive:

    If you experiment and come up with ideas, then you know the importance of getting buy in from your peers. Extend the same courtesy to ideas of other people. Even if the ideas contradict the norm, or seem outlandish, there may be some aspect that can be nurtured and applied to a project. Ideas follow the theory of evolution, too. The fittest one will survive. It just needs a chance.

    5. Encourage conversations and clarify your goals:

    Clarity is key. Not only is it a great course title for better writing, it is applicable to all aspects of leadership. People have a constant need to have a sense of direction. Great ideas can die on the vine if they are not communicated well. Ask questions, make sure people understand the direction that they are headed. Change can be a scary thing, but not if you can see your way through it.

    6. Everyone needs a team:

    Just like everyone needs an editor, we all need to interact and work together to create and discover. The thought leaders who have been through here at NewsU are great team players. They appreciate and applaud the hard work of others and their own.

    7. Be respectful of time:

    We thrive on deadlines. In fact most of our creativity peaks when the deadline is looming. The best Webinar presenters have taught us that you always give time to test and retest, write and rewrite, think and rethink. This not only makes their work great, it reflects on your own work because an overnight test makes any idea better.

    8. Speak your mind, but do it gently:

    One of the best lessons I have learned is to be myself and interact with others in a frank, open and genuine manner. Sincerity is a very respected trait and people appreciate the genuine desire to be part of the team.

    9. Lead, don’t just manage:

    Great leaders have followers. They shape the minds and hearts of people. They inspire and guide. They take risks and give credit. They constantly learn from people and incidents in their lives. They allow you to seek your own wisdom and catch you if you fall.

    10. The wisdom is in the room:

    This is perhaps the greatest lesson of all. It also works well in the social media, mobile and millennial-ruled world that we currently live in. There are always people who know about certain things better and in more depth than you do. That is why you brainstorm and open the room to let the ideas percolate and bubble. You provide opportunities and environment to nurture the ideas as a great coach or teacher. You tap into the wisdom of the room, recognize the talent, and learn a lesson in humility as well if you are a great leader.

    Related: NewsU was funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Coming up, there are two ways you can join the NewsU birthday celebration. Share a story about how NewsU e-learning has transformed your journalism, and come to NewsU’s birthday Webinar on April 10, featuring some of the best lessons, tips, tricks, hacks and bits of knowledge from 10 years of e-learning.

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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



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! 

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