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A program to inspire high school students to pursue careers in journalism in partnership with the Syracuse City School District and The Stand newspaper. This project aims to make local newsrooms reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

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The Syracuse Press Club was founded in 1951. Its members are journalists, educators, students and communications professionals working in local Central New York print, radio, television and digital media.

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Remembering Larry Dietrich

By Marie Morelli and Renée K. Gadoua We pause to remember longtime Syracuse journalist Larry Dietrich, who died on July 20, 2021. He was 64. We who knew Larry professionally over …

The Syracuse Press Club is excited to announce the winner of our prestigious Bill Carey Award for Journalist of the Year. Congratulations to Patrick Lohmann of The Post-Standard and syracuse.com! …

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The Syracuse Press Club Awards continue tonight with print and online journalism categories. Here’s your host Sunny Hernandez of newyorkupstate.com and Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. Congratulations to all the winners! See MoreSee Less
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SPC recognizes a special honoree tonight: Kathleen Paice Froio is the winner of the Philip A. Hoffmann President’s Award for Best News Source. Kate is the Director of Public and Media Relations for Upstate University Hospital, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Upstate Cancer Center and Upstate Medical University.The Best News Source award recognizes those involved in making news, who provide access, information and insight to journalists covering stories important to the citizens of Central New York.Throughout the pandemic, Kathleen has been a force of nature, connecting local and national media to medical experts at a time when our communities were desperate for COVID-19 information to keep themselves and their families safe.She arranged for key interviews with media and frontline staff and arranged media access to Upstate’s COVID units during the height of the pandemic. This is her second time winning the President’s Award for Best News Source, now from two different presidents of the press club. It’s a testament to the continued excellence of her work year after year. Kathleen wrote the following acceptance speech to share:“To everyone at Syracuse Press Club: This award is incredibly meaningful to me because sometimes there is so much work, it can be difficult to tell if what we do makes a difference. We just keep going, with little time to reflect on what we have done. We must trust that our efforts make an impact. After 18+ months of non-stop texts, calls, emails, meetings, long days, nights and weekends—to know that our colleagues in journalism appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes is extremely gratifying and humbling. I feel we have gotten through what is, hopefully, the worst of things, and we have done that by sticking together and showing each other respect. For this, I could not be more grateful. To the Upstate experts of all disciplines, our leaders, our researchers, our patients, and everyone who has shared facts, science, and personal stories publicly to help our community make sense of the pandemic—this award is for you. Without you, we certainly could not do our job. I would like to thank Syracuse Press Club for this meaningful recognition, Darryl Geddes for being a positive and encouraging force to me professionally for so many years, my hospital crew that does not go a day without checking in on each other, and my family for all the support and love you’ve given. And to our Syracuse journalism crew—THANK YOU for all you have done to help deliver messages from the frontlines into homes across our community.”Congratulations Kathleen!Tonight, host Sunny Hernandez of syracuse.com will announce more Syracuse Press Club awards, in print and online journalism categories at 6 p.m. here on Facebook Live. See you then! See MoreSee Less
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Today, Syracuse Press Club recognizes Ricky Sayer, winner of the 2021 A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer Award, based on stellar work by a young reporter in 2020. 🏆This is Ricky’s acceptance speech.Ricky, a senior at Syracuse University, is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. On campus, Ricky served in a variety of roles at student-run organizations including CitrusTV and WJPZ-FM/Z89. At CitrusTV, Ricky served as the programming and development director, assignment manager, and as anchor and reporter. Ricky joined Binghamton’s WBNG 12 News in September 2020, and started reporting on-air for the station less than a month later. He previously interned for both CBS News and NBC10 Philadelphia. Before entering college, Ricky launched his high school’s TV station in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. This year, Ricky also took home several SPC awards in the college media category, including First Place for "Best College Television Feature Story."Congratulations to Ricky! We’re proud to call you our SPC Newcomer of the Year. Thank you for sending such a thoughtful acceptance speech. We wish you great success in all you do! See MoreSee Less
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The Syracuse Press Club Awards continue tonight with student, television and online journalism categories. Here’s your host, Megan Coleman of WSTM/NBC and CNY Central. Congratulations to all the winners! See MoreSee Less
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We recognize a special SPC honoree tonight: NewsChannel 9‘s Chief Video Editor Shawn Wayson is one of two incredible journalists inducted to the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction this year.This is the club’s highest honor.Shawn wrote the following acceptance speech to share:"Thank you distinguished colleagues, and friends. I am so honored to receive this prestigious acknowledgement. And although I have been in the News business for a few years — okay, more than a few — I never saw myself as someone who would be considered for the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction. I look at this wall and realize that I have known most, have worked with many, and have admired all who are there. They are, or were, people, working with people, working for people, to reach people. That’s what our business is really all about, isn’t it? People.I have also realized over the years that the job that we do is far more important now than when I started, I would call it vital. Each of us brings different talents to our work, but the most important thing is to tell the story to the people in the best manner possible. Words, audio, and video…written, heard or shown properly, accurately and giving people the information they need to make decisions about their lives and to know what is happening in their community and the world around them. I would like to believe that I have done this, and continue to do this each day in my role as Chief Video Editor at Channel 9. I am proud to be part of our field and am especially pleased that I have been able to guide or mentor so many people along the way — as I was mentored. There it is again…people…our most important job. Helping, informing, guiding people. Thank you to those who have guided and helped me through the years and thank you again to the Syracuse Press Club for this incredible honor."Congratulations on an incredible career, Shawn. We are proud to give you a permanent place on the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction.Tonight, Megan Coleman Cny Central will announce more Syracuse Press Club awards, in the television, student and online journalism categories at 7 p.m. See you then! See MoreSee Less
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The Syracuse Press Club invites all working and inactive journalists to become members of the club. Your membership fee supports our annual banquet, journalism scholarship and events throughout the year. Click below for more information and to join today!

Wall of Distinction

The Wall of Distinction is where outstanding journalists in Central New York are permanently enshrined. Located in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse, the first group of inductees was first installed to the Wall on Dec. 4, 2000. This was also the date the Syracuse Press Club’s 50th anniversary was observed.

Join Us

The Syracuse Press Club invites all working and inactive journalists to become members of the club. Your membership fee supports our annual banquet, journalism scholarship and events throughout the year. Click below for more information and to join today!