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Out of an abundance of caution, we have postponed our 2021 SPC Awards Banquet to Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

Syracuse Press Club and Syracuse University teamed up to host a virtual event on Jan. 7, 2021, featuring national reporters reflecting on the historic 2020 election. Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg …

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NEW JOB: Spectrum Networks has hired Alexander Quince as Senior Director of News, for Spectrum News in Upstate New York. Quince began his role on April 5.In this newly-created role, Quince will oversee the day-to-day operations, including the creation and local execution of news programming and storytelling for Spectrum’s news networks in Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester. (This includes Spectrum News Central New York/S. Tier.)“Alexander is a strategic news leader who embraces innovation and is committed to purposeful storytelling,” said Jason Pheister, vice president of news and content for Spectrum Networks. An Emmy-award winning journalist, Quince has more than 25 years of experience in television news production and content creation. He most recently served four years as an executive producer for WABC-TV in New York City, managing the editorial development and execution of the station’s top-rated noon and 4PM news broadcasts. From 2013-2016, Quince was the News Director at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he launched the station’s first investigative news team. Prior to KTUL, he served as assistant news director at WBMA-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, Weekend Executive Producer at WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia and spent 13 years as a news producer at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Florida. Quince holds a bachelor’s of science degree in communication from Florida State University. He is a member of the (NABJ) National Association of Black Journalists, and has served as Vice President of the New York Association of Black Journalists. Congratulations to Alexander! We look forward to see your vision for news across Spectrum Networks in Upstate New York. See MoreSee Less
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The Syracuse Press Club is unhappy to announce the recipient of its fourth-ever [REDACTED] Award – an award for a public agency that most undermines the public’s right to know. SPC has selected the Oneida County Board of Elections for the prestigious prize after nominations from members of the working press in and around Central New York. Josh Rosenblatt, a senior reporter at Binghamton’s WBNG 12 News, nominated the county for its remarkable incompetence and dogged commitment to withholding public information during the closely watched 22nd Congressional District race.“The BOE went the entire month of November without answering a phone call!” wrote an impressed Rosenblatt. “In the race for NY-22, it has consistently failed to answer any questions myself and other reporters have had.”Oneida County’s failures in the 22nd race are now well-documented, but they wouldn’t have come to light without a legal battle and a committed press corps. Apart from their notorious failure to process thousands of voter registrations in time, they also refused to respond to interview requests and public records requests, further undermining Oneida County voters’ faith in their sacred right to vote. “We got several nominations from journalists for Oneida County’s elections board, and we made sure to process them on time. Those votes definitely counted, and Oneida County was the clear winner. Congratulations to them!” said SPC President Katrina Tulloch, using air quotes around “congratulations.” In addition, the Syracuse Press Club has awarded a dishonorable mention to New York State’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for its dizzying over-complication of a simple request from the Auburn Citizen.For more on the redacted awards, visit syracusepressclub.org/news/redacted-awards/ See MoreSee Less
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Happy Member Monday, everyone.Today we feature a promising young journalist, who is a lifelong resident of Cazenovia and now covers her local community.Meet Kate Hill!Job title: I have been working as a community news reporter for Eagle News since February 2019. I cover stories for the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.Education: I graduated from Cazenovia High School in 2010 and went on to study archaeology at Hamilton College.Past journalism jobs: This is my first job in journalism.Have you had any jobs outside media? At Hamilton College, I worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant in the archaeology department. After graduation, I worked as an office manager and research assistant for a local antique/art dealer. Before starting at Eagle News, I held writing positions with SUNY-ESF and the Cazenovia Public Library & Museum. I was also hired as a freelance writer to research, write and edit the annual report 2015-2016 for the New York Wood Products Development Council, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.Three projects you’re proud of, from the past year:“Harry Dydo graduates from Syracuse’s InclusiveU”eaglenewsonline.com/new/schools/2020/05/26/harry-dydo-graduates-from-syracuses-inclusiveu/“Methodist Church, local non-profit work to restore historic community clock”eaglenewsonline.com/publications/cazenovia-republican/2020/09/21/methodist-church-local-non-profi…“Dr. Shannon Magari discusses COVID-19 in Cazenovia Forum lecture”eaglenewsonline.com/publications/cazenovia-republican/2021/03/22/dr-shannon-magari-discusses-covi…Role model: I grew up listening to Fresh Air with Terry Gross. No matter the guest, she is able to make every topic interesting and digestible. I greatly admire the amount of research and preparation she does for each interview.Fun fact about you: In college, I spent six weeks camping in British Columbia, Canada while participating in an archaeological field school. Throughout the summer, we excavated a 2,000-year-old house in the Slocan Narrows Pithouse Village.Advice to other local journalists:Cover every story as though it is front-page content. No matter how mundane a topic may seem at first glance, it’s important to someone, and if you dig, there is probably something interesting there too. I would also encourage local media professionals to thoroughly cover all sides of an issue or discussion.We are so glad you joined the Syracuse Press Club, Kate!Want to be featured for Member Mondays? You must be an active SPC member and you can join anytime: syracusepressclub.org/become-a-member/ See MoreSee Less
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Happy Member Monday, everyone!Today we feature a well-known multimedia reporter who has covered almost every beat in his newsroom. He’s an avid runner, an active volunteer in several community groups, and we’re proud to call him one of our own SPC board members as well.Meet Charlie Miller!Job title: I’m a journalist at syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. Generally, I produce content about the best food, drink and fun Central New York has to offer.Past journalism jobs: I was the police reporter here for nine years before becoming the sports editor. I’ve also been teaching journalism at SU’s Newhouse School since 1997.Education: I got my bachelor’s degree in journalism and music from Indiana University. I got my master’s in communications at Newhouse.Have you had any jobs outside journalism? I mowed lawns in high school, tended bar in college and played in a few of rock bands as an adult. I finally realized journalism was much more fun. Every day is different, plus I work with the best people EVER.Recent projects you’re proud of: I love doing the "Hidden Gems of CNY" series just because it turns our community on to restaurants and bars they probably don’t know about. www.syracuse.com/topic/Hidden%20Gems%20of%20CNY/The most fun story I did recently, though, was documenting everything I ate and drank for free on my birthday. It was 23 places, and I did it on deadline. www.syracuse.com/best-of-cny/2019/10/birthday-freebies-heres-everything-i-ate-and-drink-for-free.htmlRole models: My mother, Holly Miller. She’s also a journalist, and she was my first real editor. I still send her my stories to get feedback.Fun fact about you: I recently became an ordained minister so I could officiate the wedding of two former students of mine who are now my co-workers. Advice to other local journalists: Don’t be afraid to try something new, whether it’s learning to shoot and edit video, taking your own photographs or changing the way you write. It makes you better.We are so proud to have you as a member of the Syracuse Press Club, Charlie!Want to be featured for Member Mondays? You must be an active SPC member and you can join anytime: syracusepressclub.org/become-a-member See MoreSee Less
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Journalists love deadlines, right? Tomorrow, March 27, is the LAST day to submit nominations for Syracuse Press Club’s 2021 special honors (based on excellent work from 2020):• Journalist of the Year: syracusepressclub.org/journalist-of-the-year/ • Best Professional Standards: syracusepressclub.org/special-honors/ • Newcomer of the Year: syracusepressclub.org/special-honors/ • News Source of the Year: syracusepressclub.org/special-honors/ • Devesty-Williams Scholarship: syracusepressclub.org/scholarship/ • Wall of Distinction: syracusepressclub.org/wall-of-distinction/ The 2021 SPC Awards Banquet will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at the Collegiate Hotel in Syracuse.Below are our 2020 special honorees: Journalist of the Year Kevin Rivoli, Wall of Distinction Honorees Mike Greenlar and Eddie Jones, Newcomer of the Year Mike Curtis, News Source of the Year Lisa Dell, Devesty-Williams Scholarship winner Emma Folts and Professional Standards Honoree Al Vieira.Congratulations to all past winners. We look forward to celebrating you and a new class of honorees in 2021. 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.