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  • Why the Toronto Star unpublished an article about race

    On Thursday, the Toronto Star published an article by Natasha Grzincic called “5 other labels for people of colour er… non-whites uh… racialized people.” Later that day, it took the article down.

    The article, still available at partner sites like this one, notes that the Ontario Human Rights Commission has settled on the term “racialized” to describe people instead of using what it calls “more outdated and inaccurate terms” like “racial minority” or “non-white.”

    The Star doesn’t have a style on using the term “racialized,” Public Editor Kathy English says in an email. Its style guide currently says to use the term “visible minority” rather than “nonwhite.” (The Star urges journalists to not refer to “colour or ethnicity unless it is relevant to the story.”)

    Grzincic’s article looks at how “visible minority” and other terms are deployed. For example:

    Ethnic minorities

    Like “visible minority,” there’s the problem with “minority,” which could have a subordinate meaning. Same goes for “marginalized groups.”

    Non-white

    Non-preferred, because it defines people by what they are not. Used by StatCan to define visible minorities.

    English says her office began to receive complaints that the article “made light of a sensitive, serious subject” not long after it was published. English said she discussed the article with Star Managing Editor Jane Davenport, who she said had not seen the piece before it went up.

    Davenport thought the story should come down, so the Star doinked it and appended a note “In line with the Star’s transparency goals,” English said.

    “Davenport’s view of the piece – which I agree with — is that a discussion of how visible minorities should be ‘labeled’ is inappropriate material for a listicle,” she writes. She continues:

    The piece was flippant and commented on instead of reporting on the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s arguments. The writer of the piece is not a columnist with latitude to make such comment.

    The Star is trying to find other outlets that published the piece and inform them it has removed it, English said. Further, “The newsroom is also looking further into the circumstances of the article being published.”

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  • This weekend, one last get-together at the Minneapolis Star Tribune
    The cover of the Minneapolis Star Tribune's homecoming publication. This image is courtesy of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    The cover of the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s homecoming publication. This image is courtesy of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    On Saturday, Nov. 1, current and former employees of the Minneapolis Star Tribune can walk through most of the building that has been the home of the newspaper since 1920.

    By next summer, the Star Tribune will be in a new space, and the building at 425 Portland Ave. will be gone, or close to it.

    “There’s certainly some nostalgia,” said Steve Yaeger, the Star Tribune’s vice president of marketing and public relations, in a phone interview. “I would say overall — this is not the PR spin — we really are more excited about getting to the new place. Our building is very old and it was built for a very different news organization than what we have.”

    There are people who work there today, though, who’ve spent their whole careers in that building, Yaeger said. Many are attached to the space, and not just people who work there now, but people who once did.

    So on Saturday, the Star Tribune is having a homecoming. So far, about 700 people have RSVP’d, but Yaeger expects around 1,000.

    “Some people will want to hug the building,” Yaeger said, “some people will just want to see the press operators they used to work the same shift with.”

    A postcard from the Star-Tribune in 1950. This image is courtesy of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    A postcard from the Star Tribune in 1950. This image is courtesy of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    People can walk through three of the four floors of the building — to see where the presses and the mailroom once were. They’ll see images along the way of how the building has changed. In one hallway, there’s a 30-foot-long timeline that shows things that have happened at 425 Portland Ave. There’s food, of course, and speeches and the chance to catch up with old friends.

    “It’s not just about the building,” Yaeger said. “It’s about the interactions in this building. A building is just a building in the end.”

    The Star Tribune no longer owns that building, they’ve leased it through June 30 of next year, when they’ll be out for good and the building will come down as part of a redevelopment plan.

    “The challenge for all of us, as we move, is to remain places of character,” Yaeger said. “We don’t want it to be bland. If it’s bland, we’ve lost something.”

    Here are some other newsrooms that no longer live in their original buildings. I know there’s a lot to add here, and I will try and update this, so please send me suggestions at khare@poynter.org or @kristenhare.

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

    starjournal

    Built: 1920

    Sold: 2013. The building will be torn down in 2015. Some demolition has begun.

    Now: The Star Tribune still operates out of the building, which it is currently leasing. They’ll move to 650 Third Ave. S by the end of June 2015 at the latest.

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    Boston Herald

    Nice shot from the old @bostonherald and future #inkblock site as local artist Cyrille Conan paints his mural. #thinkink #boston #southend #sky #city #news

    A photo posted by Ink Block Boston (@inkblockboston) on Feb 2, 2013 at 9:23am PST

    Built: 1957

    Sold: 1998, then leased back. It was torn down in 2013. Herald photographer John Wilcox photographed a ceremony with Ink Block, which took over the space.

    Now: Condos.

    Miami Herald

    The Miami Herald building is seen Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Miami.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    The Miami Herald building is seen Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Built: 1963

    Sold: 2011, moved in 2013

    Now: Demolition started this year. In May, Selima Hussain wrote “9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Old Miami Herald Building,” for WLRN.

    7. The materials used to build it

    1HP boasted mahogany paneling, two kinds of granite (gray on the facade, red-veined on certain interior walls) chattahoochee rock and yellow ceramic tiles, according to Ibby Vores, Miami Herald human resources manager.

    “It was impressive… there was all of this lifted space and a terrazzo floor, marble on the walls,” she says. “At the time it was built, it was an icon of the future.”

    In April of last year, Erik Bojnansky wrote “Farewell, My Lovely Miami Herald,” for the Biscayne Times.

    Now: Demolition has been slow and is still happening. The new development is supposed to include a hotel and casino.

    Work continues on the former headquarters of the Miami Herald building on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Miami.  Demolition on the south wing of the former headquarters began last Monday.  Genting, a Malaysian casino company, purchased the waterfront property in May, 2011, for $236 million, and plans to build a condo and hotel resort on the 14-acre site. The Miami Herald moved to Doral, Fla., in 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Work continues on the former headquarters of the Miami Herald building on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Miami. Demolition on the south wing of the former headquarters began last Monday. Genting, a Malaysian casino company, purchased the waterfront property in May, 2011, for $236 million, and plans to build a condo and hotel resort on the 14-acre site. The Miami Herald moved to Doral, Fla., in 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

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    Built: 1924

    Sold: 2011

    Now: It’s supposed to be redeveloped into a casino, but that hasn’t happened yet.

    Photographer Will Steacy successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $26,000 from a $15,000 goal. Steacy spent five years photographing the Inquirer newsroom and is now writing a book with the help of the Kickstarter funds.

    There’s also a Facebook page with images from the Inquirer’s last days in the building.

    Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

    Director Richard Brooks, center, discusses a scene with actors John Saxon, left, and Ryan O'Neal, right, on the set of the motion picture "The Fever," in the city room of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, on December 11, 1984, in Los Angeles, California. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)

    Director Richard Brooks, center, discusses a scene with actors John Saxon, left, and Ryan O’Neal, right, on the set of the motion picture “The Fever,” in the city room of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, on December 11, 1984, in Los Angeles, California. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)

    Built: 1913

    Closed: 1989

    Now: You can film movies on sets there.

    Follow @kristenhare
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    Here are more buildings and moves I heard about today. I’m just listing them for now but will add more.

    – Detroit Free Press and Detroit News
    Kalamazoo Gazette
    Grand Rapids Press
    Ann Arbor News
    Muskegon Chronicle
    Indianapolis Star
    Oregonian
    Seattle Times
    Seattle P-I
    Times-Picayune
    New York Daily News
    The New York Times
    The (Syracuse) Post-Standard
    The Marion Star
    The Daily Oklahoman
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    Santa Cruz Sentinel

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  • Public fear and ‘an abundance of caution’

    I wonder how George Orwell would react to a phrase that has been repeated time and again by government and university officials to justify recent stringent actions — such as quarantines and dis-invitations — in response to the Ebola crisis.

    These officials say they are acting “out of an abundance of caution.”

    It seems to be one of the phrases of the day, expressed by leaders who are trying to limit or eliminate contact, not just with sick people or people who have cared for the sick, but with almost anyone who has worked or traveled through countries where Ebola has spread.

    Orwell was a famous critic of political speech, especially of the kind that used euphemism or passive constructions to cloud misbehavior or avoid responsibility. Mistakes, after all, are made.

    To my ears, “an abundance of caution” is a peculiar phrase. It sounds like a parody of collective nouns such as “a gaggle of geese” or “an exaltation of larks.” How much caution will you exercise, Governor? Why, an abundance of caution, of course, sir.

    “Abundance of caution” also carries the kind of tension you might find in an oxymoron (such as “jumbo shrimp”). “Abundance” is not the opposite of “caution” at the literal level. At the level of connotation, however, abundance suggests expansion while caution suggests contraction.

    Which leads me to this strategy for journalists: Any time a political figure or thought leader wants to operate “out of an abundance of caution” – especially when the risk is demonstrably slight – look for the many ways in which they are operating out of a “scarcity of caution” – my term – when the risk is great.

    Not a single American, to my knowledge, has contracted Ebola in the USA and died from the disease in the USA. On the other hand, here is a list of much more serious dangers to life and limb, based on statistics taken from the CDC. After each real danger is my fantasy of what a leader might say “out of an abundance of caution.”

    • About 35,000 Americans were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Twenty-two percent of them were people 15 to 24 years of age. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to raise the legal driving age to 25, and to greatly improve the quality of mass transit in our community.”
    • 16,250 people were victims of homicide in 2010, most of them from handguns. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to initiate a Constitutional Amendment that will allow reasonable restrictions on gun ownership.”
    • 38,360 Americans took their own lives in 2010. “Out of an abundance of caution, we will establish community based mental health facilities, whatever the cost, to create a safety net for those suffering from mental illness.”
    • According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as many as 22 American war veterans, maybe more, take their own lives every day. That’s more than 8,000 per year. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to multiply by ten the budget for the care of soldiers and other first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress, and will raise taxes to pay for it. Out of an even greater abundance of caution we have decided to no longer send our sons and daughters into protracted distant wars that we cannot win.”

    Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola, chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn't reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a Chicago medical conference. Misinformed patients with Ebola-like symptoms can take up time and resources in busy emergency rooms, and doctors fear the problem may worsen when flu season ramps up. . (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola, chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. Misinformed patients with Ebola-like symptoms can take up time and resources in busy emergency rooms, and doctors fear the problem may worsen when flu season ramps up. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    There are many more real things to be afraid of in the USA. Influenza and pneumonia caused 53,826 deaths in 2010, and yet we don’t require folks to get immunized for these common diseases. Using the logic of the governors, perhaps we should “out of an abundance of caution.”

    Here are some possible translations for various uses of the phrase “out of an abundance of caution”:

    • Because our lawyers told us to.
    • Because I know my constituents don’t believe in science.
    • Because I know my constituents don’t trust the government.
    • Because I don’t want to get blamed for something outside my control.
    • Because I don’t have the backbone to do the right thing.
    • Because I’d rather demonize heroic caregivers to make myself look decisive.
    • Because our lawyers told us to. (Oh, sorry, I already said that one.)
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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! 

 
"Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press."
---    Hugo L Black, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

Wall of Distinction

The Syracuse press Club would like to send its condolences to the family of long-time channel 3 and WSYR radio reporter Jerry Barsha.  Barsha died September 10th at the Cleveland Clinic where he was undergoing treatment. He was 83.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at the Sisskind Funeral Chapel at 3175 East Genesee Street, Syracuse at 11am. Calling hours will immediately precede the services at the funeral home beginning at 10 am.

Jerry was a native of Brooklyn, who like many central New York broadcasters settled in the Syracuse area after attending and graduating Syracuse University.   Jerry's career at what was then WSYR-TV 3 and WSYR Radio began in 1957, where he worked in both radio and television news. Jerry worked for 32 years at the station before retiring.  He also taught for 35 years at Onondaga Community College.  Jerry was a Syracuse Press Club Wall of Distinction honoree and a winner of the club's lifetime achievement award. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Martha, four daughters, and six grandchildren.

Here is a link to our page on Jerry, when he was installed on the Wall of Distinction

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