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SPC Announces 2015 Award Finalists
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Friday, 01 April 2016 20:36

The Syracuse Press Club would like to thank all of you for entering this year's 38th Annual Professional Recognition Awards Contest. Volunteers from numerous press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in numerous competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories. Please attend the awards banquet to collect your award or support your peers. In addition to the contest winners, we will honor local journalists receiving special club awards for Best Newcomer, Professional Standards, Scholarship and Best News Source. We will also be adding a well-deserving journalist to our Wall of Distinction. Those winners will be announced soon.

The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital by the Better Newspaper Contest under the direction of Eagle Newspapers editor Sarah Hall.
 
To reserve a table for the dinner, please click here. Our reservations deadline is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th. 

Note the names of winners and media organizations are in random order.  We will announce at the April 30th awards dinner who won first and second place.

Read on for the list. 
 

2015-2016 Categories
 

RADIO

SPOT NEWS

WRVO-FM, Ellen Abbott, “State Fair visit gets personal for Gov. Andrew Cuomo”

WAER-FM, John Smith, “Teachers send Governor Cuomo a message at the State Fair”

 

NEWS FEATURE

WAER-FM, Scott Willis, “Lake cleanup also means habitat restoration”

WRVO-FM, Julia Botero, “Military and veteran suicide”

 

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

WRVO-FM, Julia Botero, “To call or not to call: New Canadian border rules confuse boaters on the St. Lawrence”

WRVO-FM, Ryan Delaney, “Inaccessible housing”

 

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

WAER-FM, Chris Bolt, “Tubman was here: New York school children creating art and learning history”

WRVO-FM, Mark Lavonier, “Michelle Dorrance: Tapping is music”

 

SPORTS STORY

WRVO-FM, Julia Botero, “It took almost 20 years, but pro baseball returns to Watertown”

WAER-FM, Andrew Scaglione, “End of Archbold Stadium”

 

SPORTS SHOW

WAER-FM, Sam Hyman, Jonny Wincott, J.P. Chunga, “Countdown to Kickoff: Syracuse University v. LSU"

 

SPECIAL PROGRAM

WAER-FM, Chris Bolt, “Bringing the Paris Climate Talks home”

WRVO-FM, Grant Reeher and Jason Smith, “Campbell Conversations: Joanne Shenandoah”

 

DAILY PRINT MEDIA

 

INVESTIGATIVE STORY / SERIES

The Post-Standard, Douglass Dowty, “Criminals owe millions and roam free while victims go empty-handed”

The Post-Standard, John O’Brien, “Why did district attorney's staff destroy video recordings?”

 

NEWS FEATURE / SERIES

The Citizen, Greg Mason and David Wilcox, “Fingerlakes Mall’s troubles”

The Post-Standard, Marnie Eisenstadt, “From Holy Trinity Church to Mosque of Jesus Son of Mary”

 

HUMAN INTEREST FEATURE / SERIES

The Citizen, David Wilcox, “Barry Crimmins profile”

The Post-Standard, James Mulder, “How do you keep your TV career when multiple sclerosis attacks your voice?”

 

SPORTS STORY

The Post-Standard, Donna Ditota, “See Lizzy run”

The Post-Standard, Donnie Webb, “’I thought I was going to die,’ said the high school QB”

 

NON-DAILY PRINT MEDIA

 

NEWS FEATURE / SERIES

Syracuse New Times, Larry Dietrich, “Je Suis Charlie”

Syracuse New Times, Shelwyn Becker, “A closed book”

 

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

Eagle Star-Review, Ashley Casey, “Joe B.’s last stop”

The Stand, Ashley Kang and Ben Cleeton, “Moving forward.”

 

SPORTS STORY

Syracuse New Times, Matt Michael, “Coming distractions”

New York Horse Magazine, L.A. Pomeroy, “Time and again”

 

SPECIAL INTEREST PRINT MEDIA

 

MAGAZINE

New York Horse Magazine, Janis Barth and Darren Sanefski

CNY The Good Life, Linda Bien and Sue Santola

 

ALL PRINT

 

SPOT NEWS

The Eagle Bulletin, Hayleigh Gowans, “Jamesville dog rescued after falling into crevice”

The Post-Standard, Patrick Lohmann and Samantha House, “Exclusive coverage from inside church crime scene”

 

COLUMN

The Cortland Standard, Todd R. McAdam, “Governors’ ban would aid ISIS”

The Citizen, Kristin Wolford, “No winners in Union Springs”

 

CRITIQUE

The Reporter, Rabbi Rachel Esserman, “The difficult parts of life”

The Post-Standard, Chris Baker, “I wish I could dance like Rachael Price”

 

EDITORIAL

Eagle Star-Review, Sarah Hall, “Opting out sends a strong message – but will Albany hear it?”

Baldwinsville Messenger, Sarah Hall, “Town had no business writing petition for residents”

 

HEADLINE WRITING

The Post-Standard, Chris Wagner

The Post-Standard, Mark Libbon

 

CARL SINGLE AWARD FOR SPOT NEWS PHOTO

The Post-Standard, Gary Walts, “Crashes on I-81”

The Citizen, Sarah Jean Condon, “Water rescue”

 

FEATURE PHOTO

Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Scholastic Chess Tournament”

The Post-Standard, Kevin Rivoli, “Love in the digital age”

 

PHOTO ESSAY

The Post-Standard, Michael Greenlar, “A day at the House of Hair”

 

SPORTS PHOTO

Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “Tyler Roberson and Rakeem Christmas in the game against Duke”

The Post-Standard, Dennis Nett, “WWE Superstar Ryback”

 

SCENIC PHOTO

Syracuse New Times, Michael Davis, “A foggy road in Madison County”

The Post-Standard, Michael Greenlar, “Beautiful sunset”

 

PORTRAIT

New York Horse Magazine, Jessica Berman, “Domino – lightly frosted”

 

FRONT PAGE DESIGN:

The Syracuse New Times, Meaghan Arbital and Michael Davis

The Post-Standard, Susan Santola and Tom Schmitt

 

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION

The Post-Standard, Tom Schmitt, “Winter outlook – it’s all over the page”

Syracuse New Times, Meaghan Arbital, “Je Suis Charlie.”

 

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

 

SPOT NEWS

TWC News, Brian Dwyer and staff, “Massive pileup on I-81”

WSYR-TV, Staff, “Richard Matt shot”

 

INVESTIGATIVE STORY

WWNY-TV, Brian Ashley, “Melisa Schonfield interview”

CNY Central, Matt Mulcahy, “911 dispatch delay”

 

NEWS FEATURE

WSYR, Christie Casciano, Tammy Palmer, Jack Estabrook and Bill Goldschmidt, “Heroin: Too close to home”

CNY Central, Matt Mulcahy and Andy Wolf, “TAVR innovative heart surgery”

 

"HUMAN INTEREST" FEATURE

CNY Central, Matt Mulcahy and Lewis Karpel, “Up close with supermodel Emme”

WSYR-TV, Grant deBruin, “The Spirit of St. Louis”

 

SPORTS STORY

WWNY-TV, Mel Busler, “’Sweet’ memories at a boxing clubs new home”

Time Warner Cable Sports, Tadeusz Fundalinski, Michael Cleland, Patrick Sloan, Benjamin Smith, “Game Changers: Bill Aris, Fayetteville Manlius Cross Country”

 

SPORTS SHOW

TWC News, Staff, “First and Ten”

WSYR-TV, Steve Infanti, Sal Maneen and Shannon Shepherd, “Orange Nation, Feb. 5, 2015”

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED SPORTSCAST

WKTV, Spencer Davidson, “Sportscasts with Spencer Davidson”

CNY Central, Niko Tamurian and Lewis Karpel, “Life in perspective during March Madness”

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED LOCAL NEWSCAST

WSYR-TV, Staff, “Boeheim Plans to Retire, SU Appeal: NewsChannel 9 at 5:00, March 18, 2015”

WSYR-TV, Staff, “Sweat Captured: NewsChannel 9 Weekend at 11, June 28, 2015”

 

SPECIAL PROGRAM

CNY Central, Matt Mulcahy, Andy Wolf, Lewis Karpel and Quindell Williams, “Up close with Matt Mulcahy”

CNY Central, Matt Mulcahy, Rae Fulkerson, Andy Wolf and Staci-lyn Onofre, “Your voice, your future: The poverty problem in Syracuse”

 

VIDEO JOURNALISM

TWC News, Tom Walters

WSYR, Scott Irving

 

PHOTO ESSAY

TWC News, Cara Thomas, “Trooper Fredenburg funeral”

WSYR-TV, Tom Cunningham and Scott Irving, “Holiday mail carrier”

 

ONLINE JOURNALISM CATEGORY

 

MULTIMEDIA STORY

cnycentral.com, Matt Mulcahy and Andy Wolf, “TAVR: New heart valve, no operation”

cnycentral.com, Matt Mulcahy, Nia Towne and Rae Fulkerson, “911 dispatch delay”

 

BREAKING NEWS

Syracuse.com, Staff, “NCAA coverage”

wrvo.com, Jason Smith and Ryan Delaney, “NCAA penalties on SU basketball boach Jim Boeheim”

 

NEWS WEBSITE

UrbanCNY.com

CNYCentral.com

 

BLOG

auburnpub.com, Robert Harding, “Eye on NY”

urbancny.com, Ken Jackson, “The Hall Monitor”

 

PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS

WRVO.org, Tom Magnarelli, “Officials swim in Onondaga Lake as protesters say it is still not clean.”


Student Contest

 

BEST RADIO SPORTS STORY

NCC News, Dan Silverman, “Game Day at NBT Stadium”

NCC News, Connor Morrissette, “Iroquois Nationals profile”

 

BEST RADIO NEWS STORY

92 WICB, Kelli Kyle, Elena Piech and Riley Ludwig, “’No Confidence’ votes and context”

NCC News, Colleen Callander, “One family’s Christmas will be joyous again after three years of hardship”

 

BEST RADIO FEATURE STORY

NCC News, Connor Hakan, “Does a new 9/11 virtual reality game go too far?”

92 WICB, Kelli Kyle, Elena Piech and Riley Ludwig, “Cayuga’s watchers”

 

BEST PRINT NEWS STORY

The Overview, Haley Everts, “Learning center provides help to students seeking help academically”

 

BEST PRINT FEATURE STORY

The Overview, Rebecca Cosgrove, “The Bistro: A hidden gem within the dining hall.”

 

BEST TELEVISION SPORTS STORY

ICTV, Michael Schwartz, “Cortaca Game Promo.”

NCC News, Benjamin Stevens, “SU student and aspiring bodybuilder spreads a healthy message on Instagram”

 

BEST TELEVISION NEWS STORY

ICTV, Jay O’Brien, “Word of Life Church coverage ”

NCC News, Irfan Uraizee, “Counterfeit money is an ‘epidemic’ in Central New York ”

 

BEST TELEVISION FEATURE STORY

NCC News, Hunter Saenz, “The flying busman: Offering more than a ride”

WTOP-TV, Robert Hackford, “Dave Longley: Overcoming the odds”

 

BEST MULTIMEDIA STORY

NCC News, Broadcast & Digital Journalism students in BDJ 364.2 Fall 2015 Newhouse School, “Adoption Day ceremony”

The Newshouse, My Housing Matters staff, “My housing matters”

 

ALL MEDIA

BILL CAREY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

CNY Central, Matt Mulcahy 
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Joel Mareiniss

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For more than four decades, an instantly recognizable face, a captivating smile, and a voice that was once synonymous with Syracuse University football and basketball, Joel Mareiniss earned the distinction of being a Central New York broadcast legend.
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