Awards

Providence Journal reporter recognized at 2017 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

16.11.2017 John Crouch Awards

Providence Journal staff writer Alex Kuffner recently received a Silver Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his coverage of the risks facing Rhode Island communities from either a once-in-a-century hurricane or sea-level rise.

Kuffner’s series of stories — including “Rising seas, rising stakes” from Nov. 20, 2016; “Losing Ground” from March 19, 2017; and “On the Brink” from July 9, 2017 — won second place for newspapers with circulations of 150,000 or less in the organization’s Kavli Science Journalism Awards, which honor distinguished reporting for a general audience. There were entries from publications in more than 40 countries.

Paul Raeburn, a freelance science writer who served as one of the judges, said Kuffner’s series was “a close look at a local issue, informed by a broader perspective.”

Another judge, Nancy Shute of National Public Radio, said the stories helped Rhode Islanders “understand the real risks they face from sea level rise and wetlands loss.”

Kuffner has worked for The Providence Journal since 2000.

For more information, visit bit.ly/2ASJAB6.

GateHouse Media papers honored by Florida Press Club

7.11.2017 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media newspapers were recently recognized in the Florida Press Club’s 2017 Excellence in Journalism Competition, which honors the best in digital and print journalism from across the state.

GateHouse Media winners include:

Photography – Breaking News, Class A-B
First-place: Nigel Cook, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: David Tucker, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Photography – Breaking News, Class C
First-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – Feature Photo Essay, A-D
First-place: Lola Gomez, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Bruce Ackerman, Ocala StarBanner

Photography – Features, Class B
First-place: David Tucker, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Second-place: Jim Tiller, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Photography – Features, Class C
First-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – General News, Class C
First-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – Portrait/Personality, Class C-D
Second-place: Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

Photography – Sports Action, Class B
First-place: Bruce Ackerman, Ocala StarBanner
Second-place: Lola Gomez, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Special Awards – Frances DeVore Award for Public Service, Class A-D
Second-place: Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Special Awards – Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting, Class B
First-place: Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Special Awards – Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting, Class C-D
Second-place: Eryn Dion, Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Special Awards – That is so… Florida, Class C
First-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald

Special Sections, Class A-B
Second-place: Staff, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Staff, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Breaking News, Class B
First-place: Dinah Voyles Pulver, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Breaking News, Class C
First-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Business Reporting, Class C
First-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: John Henderson, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Commentary Writing, Class B
First-place: Mark Lane, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Education Writing, Class B
Second-place: Erica Breunlin, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Education Writing, Class C-D
First-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Environmental News, Class B
First-place: Dinah Voyles Pulver, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Environmental News, Class C
First-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Writing – General News, Class B
First-place: Seth Robbins, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Health Writing, Class C
First-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City Herald

Writing – Light Feature Reporting, Class C
First-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Minority Reporting, Class B-D
First-place: Suzanne Hirt, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Opinion Writing, Class A-B
Third-place: Mark Lane, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Public Safety Reporting, Class B
First-place: Frank Fernandez, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Public Safety Reporting, Class C
First-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald
Third-place: Zack McDonald, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Religion Writing, Class A-D
Third-place: Eryn Dion, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Serious Feature Writing, Class B
Second-place: Suzanne Hirt, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Serious Feature Writing, Class C
Third-place: Cindy Swirko, Gainesville Sun

Writing – Sports Column, Class B
First-place: Ken Willis, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Sports Column, Class C
First-place: Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Sports Feature Writing, Class B
Second-place: Zach Dean, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Third-place: Ken Willis, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Sports Feature Writing, Class C
Second-place: Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Sports Writing, Class B
First-place: Ken Willis, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Sports Writing, Class C
Second-place: Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald

Writing – Travel and Tourism, Class A-B
Second-place: Jim Abbott, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Writing – Travel and Tourism, Class C
First-place: John Henderson, Panama City News Herald
Second-place: Katie Landeck, Panama City News Herald

For more information and the complete list of winners, visit the Florida Press Club.

GateHouse Media honored at NENPA awards

17.10.2017 John Crouch Awards

Several GateHouse Media publications were recently honored by the New England Newspaper and Press Association at the 2017 New England Newspaper Conference for honors including Newspaper of the Year and for outstanding journalism.

The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, was awarded the 2017 New England Newspaper of the Year in the weekday newspaper category for a paper with a circulation of 25,000-35,000. The Provincetown (Massachusetts) Banner was given the same award in the weekly community newspaper category for a paper with a circulation of 4,500-8,000.

Several papers were honored with the “Distinguished Newspaper” award.

In the weekday newspaper category:
The Milford (Massachusetts) Daily News – less than 8,000 circulation
The Herald News in Fall River, Massachusetts – 8,000-15,000
The MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts – 8,000-15,000
Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts – 25,000-35,000
The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal – 35,000+

In the Sunday newspaper category:
The MetroWest Daily News – less than 18,000 circulation
The Sunday Enterprise in Brockton, Massachusetts  – 18,000-30,000
The Patriot Ledger – 30,000-45,000
Providence Journal – 45,000+

In the weekly community newspaper category:
The Inquirer and Mirror in Nantucket, Massachusetts – 4,500-8,000

Several papers were also honored with “Publick Occurrences” awards, in recognition of New England’s most outstanding journalism.

The Patriot Ledger won for its project “Danger Zone: Pedestrian safety in Quincy.”

The Providence Journal won for its project “Pot & Profit.”

For more information, visit NENPA.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune recognized in Florida Bar’s Media Awards competition

10.10.2017 John Crouch Awards

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s “Bias on the Bench” series was recently announced as the first-place winner in the print category of The Florida Bar’s 62nd Annual Media Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding legal journalism that highlights how the law and justice system affects Floridians.

Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz and Elizabeth Johnson’s series focused on criminal sentencing and found that judges throughout Florida sentence African-American defendants more harshly than white defendants charged with the same crime. Since its release, legislation has been proposed that would require the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to use data from the state’s court system and correctional agency to check for patterns that might show similar prejudice.

The series was also recognized by the Florida Public Defender Association’s L. Clayton Nance Award, which recognizes people who have “made significant improvement to the furtherance of justice in the state of Florida” who are not public defenders.

Bias on the Bench” has also earned awards from journalism organizations including the Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

For more information, visit the Herald-Tribune.

GateHouse Media papers recognized in Pennsylvania awards competitions

6.10.2017 John Crouch Awards

GateHouse Media publications were recently honored in several statewide award competitions in Pennsylvania for reporting excellence.

The Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown was named as the Division III winner of the Newspaper of the Year General Excellence Award in the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Awards and also earned first-place awards in the News Excellence and Community Service categories. The Beaver County Times in Beaver earned honorable mentions in the Community Service and Special Sections categories for Division III. Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg earned first-place awards in the Best Use of Photography, Best Use of Video and Promotion categories; second-place awards in the News Excellence, Special Section and Diversity categories; and an honorable mention in the News Presentation Excellence category for Division V.

Individual awards in statewide competitions were earned by Courier Times reporters Jo Ciavaglia and Crissa Shoemaker.

Ciavaglia received a first-place award in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Media Awards for “What Price Justice?”

Shoemaker received a first-place Truth in Finances Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for her student debt project, “Graduating with Debt.”

For more information, visit the Courier Times.

 

Bucks County Courier Times honored with G. Richard Dew Award

19.09.2017 John Crouch Awards

The Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown, Pennsylvania, was recently announced as the recipient of the 2017 Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s G. Richard Dew Award for its “Unwell Water” series.

The award is the foundation’s highest honor and is given in recognition of outstanding reporting that improves the quality of community life and furthers the public’s understanding of the role of the news media and how it relates to matters of public interest.

The paper’s “Unwell Water” series was an extensive, two-year investigative project that detailed chemicals at area military bases that were leaking into an underground aquifer and exposing residents to unsafe drinking water.

The series, led by reporters Kyle Bagenstose and Jenny Wagner, led to the closure of at least 22 public drinking fountains and sparked action by local and national politicians and advocates.

A judge wrote:

“This sprawling series took two seemingly tiny facts from two seemingly disparate spreadsheets and produced hundreds of stories over several years. All a result of old-fashioned reporting and modern data-sifting by Bagenstose and Wagner. I am in awe of the quality of the reporting, writing and editing; its evenhandedness, lack of sensationalism and fairness, along with its insistence on cutting through the resistance to find truths; the commitment of the newspaper to provide the times and resources required; and the responsiveness both of the newspaper to its community and of the community to its newspaper.”

For more information about the series, visit the Bucks County Courier Times.

For more information about the G. Richard Dew Award, visit the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation.

Intelligencer series honored by Society of Environmental Journalists

15.08.2017 John Crouch Awards

The Intelligencer’s “Unwell Water” series, by reporters Kyle Bagenstose and Jenny Wagner, was named as the second-place winner of the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting in the small market category by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

The SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment winners will be recognized at a celebratory luncheon in October.

Of the entry, judges said:

This series shows what’s possible when a small, local paper pursues a story and doesn’t let go. Reporters at the Intelligencer spent years covering how the chemicals PFOS and PFOA had contaminated residential drinking water, publishing 12 investigative reports and more than 100 stories. They clearly explained the complex science of chemical exposure and potential cancer clusters and showed how public officials had done little to protect residents from harm. The series triggered lawsuits, public pressure and political action at every level.

For more information, including a complete list of winners, visit the SEJ’s awards page.

GateHouse Media newspapers recognized by Florida Society of Professional Journalists

27.07.2017 John Crouch Awards

The Florida Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recently recognized journalists from the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune at its annual Sunshine State Awards, which recognizes quality journalism from across Florida.

Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz and Elizabeth Johnson earned the both Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting and the First Amendment Foundation Freedom of Information Award for the Herald-Tribune’s Bias on the Bench project.

Former Herald-Tribune reporter Maggie Clark was a finalist for the James Batten Award for Public Service for her Medicaid coverage, Herald-Tribune’s Lee Williams was a finalist for the Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting for his Prosecutor Pub Crawl piece and the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Lola Gomez was a finalist for the Diversity Award for her Living in the Shadows work.

Other awards in individual categories include:

Feature Reporting (Small)
First-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Chris Anderson for Mason

Series
First-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz, and Elizabeth Johnson for Bias on the Bench
Second-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Maggie Clark for Medicaid

Commentary & Criticism – General
Second-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Maggie Menderski

Commentary & Criticism – Arts
Third-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Carrie Seidman

Profile Reporting
First-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Chris Anderson for Mason
Third-place: The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Suzanne Hirt

State and Local Election Reporting
Third-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zac Anderson

Presidential Election Reporting
First-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zac Anderson

Data Reporting
Second-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Shelby Webb for Expulsions
Third-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz and Elizabeth Johnson for Bias on the Bench

Editorial Writing
Third-place: The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Scott Kent

Beat Reporting – Arts
First-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Jay Handelman

Beat Reporting – Community
Third-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Zach Murdock

Beat Reporting – Education
First-place: Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Shelby Webb for Expulsions

Beat Reporting – Environment, Health & Science
First-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Barbara Peters Smith for HealthBeat

Beat Reporting – Hardship Issues
First-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Maggie Clark for Medicaid
Third-place: The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Eileen Zaffiro-Kean

Special Publication or Section
Third-place: The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Daytona Rising

Breaking News Photography
Third-place: The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s David Tucker

Infographic
Second-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Jennifer Borressen for Unravel

Front Page Design (Small)
Second-place: Center for News & Design’s Ariana Torrey for her work for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Online Package
Third-place: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Shelby Webb for Housing in SRQ

For more information, visit the Florida SPJ.

Tuscaloosa News honored by APA, APME

17.07.2017 John Crouch Awards

 

The Tuscaloosa News was recently recognized with awards in both the Alabama Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors’ newspaper contest for work done in 2016.

In each contest, the paper competed in the division that includes the state’s largest newspapers.

It earned 11 first-place, nine second-place and 10 third-place awards in the Alabama Press Association contest, including second place in the General Excellence category and first place in the Freedom of Information-First Amendment category.

In the Associated Press Media Editors contest, it received 13 first-place awards, including the Freedom of Information award, in addition winning seven second-place and five third-place awards and the Sports Sweepstakes award.

Alabama Press Association awards included:

First place
• Best Newspaper Website
• Best Local Education Coverage
• Best Sports Coverage
• Freedom of Information-First Amendment – Drew Taylor
• Best Sports Single Event Story – Tommy Deas
• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations
• Best Special Section – Newsprint
• Best Niche Publication
• Best Periodical
• Best Production and Printing
• Best Advertising Campaign

Second place
• General Excellence
• Best Layout and Design
• Best Spot News Story – Mark Hughes Cobb
• Best Sports News In-depth Coverage – Aaron Suttles
• Best Headline – Tommy Deas
• Best Editorial
• Best Special Section – Newsprint
• Best Niche Publication
• Best In-paper Promotion of Newspaper

Third place
• Best Editorial Page or Section
• Best In-depth News Coverage – Mark Hughes Cobb, Jason Morton, Stephen Dethrage, Drew Taylor, Cecil Hurt and Gary Cosby Jr.
• Best News Feature Story Coverage – Stephanie Taylor
• Best Human Interest Column – Lydia Seabol Avant
• Best Sports Single Event Story – Joey Chandler
• Best Sports Feature Story – Aaron Suttles
• Best Sports Photo – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Best Use of Graphics or Illustrations
• Advertising Sweepstakes
• Best Classified Display Ad

Associated Press Media Editors awards included:

First place
• Freedom of Information – Drew Taylor
• Sports Action Photo – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Portrait – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Photo Illustration – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Sports Non-deadline Reporting – Aaron Suttles
• Sports Feature Story – Aaron Suttles
• Education Story – Drew Taylor
• Sports Column Writing – Cecil Hurt
• Non-deadline Reporting – Mark Hughes Cobb, Jason Morton, Stephen Dethrage, Drew Taylor, Cecil Hurt and Gary Cosby Jr.
• Deadline Reporting – Angel Coker
• Sports Deadline Reporting – staff
• Non-deadline Page Design
• Headlines

Second-place
• Public Service – Stephanie Taylor, Gary Cosby Jr. and Michael James
• Sports Deadline Reporting – staff
• Sports Non-deadline Reporting – Joey Chandler
• Photo Illustration – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Photo Compilation – Michelle Lepianka Carter
• Individual Portfolio – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Deadline Page Design

Third place
• Sports Deadline Reporting – Aaron Suttles and Tommy Deas
• Photo Compilation – Gary Cosby Jr.
• Spot News Photo – Erin Nelson
• Humorous Photo – Erin Nelson
• Lifestyle Feature – Mark Hughes Cobb

For more information, visit The Tuscaloosa News.

GateHouse Media papers recognized by Oklahoma Press Association

23.06.2017 John Crouch Awards

Six GateHouse Media newspapers were recently honored with Better Newspaper Contest awards at the Oklahoma Press Association’s convention in Oklahoma City.

Division 2, for daily newspapers with a 3,500-7,000 circulation, awards included:

News Content
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Third-place: The Ardmoreite

Layout & Design
First-place: The Ardmoreite
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Fourth-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Advertising
First-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Sales Promotion
Fourth-place: The Shawnee News-Star

Advertising Series
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Third-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

In-Depth Enterprise
Fourth-place: The Shawnee News-Star

Editorial Comment
Third-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
Fourth-place: The Shawnee News-Star

Personal Columns
First-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Second-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

News Writing
Fourth-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Feature Writing
Fourth-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Sports Coverage
First-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Photography
Second-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Community Leadership
Second-place: The Shawnee News-Star
Third-place: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Division 3, for daily newspapers with a circulation less than 3,500, awards included:

News Content
First-place: Miami News-Record

Layout & Design
Second-place: Miami News-Record

Advertising
Fourth-place: Miami News-Record

Sales Promotion
Second-place: Miami News-Record

In-Depth Enterprise
Third-place: Miami News-Record

Editorial Comment
Fourth-place: Miami News-Record

Feature Writing
Fourth-place: Miami News-Record

Sports Coverage
Second-place: Miami News-Record

Photography
Third-place: Miami News-Record

Division 5, for weekly newspapers with a 1,400 – 2,100 circulation, awards included:

News Content
First-place: Delaware County Journal

In-Depth Enterprise
Second-place: Delaware County Journal

Division 8, for Semi-, Twin or Tri-Weekly newspapers, awards included:

News Content
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

Layout & Design
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

Advertising
First-place: The Grove Sun

Advertising Series
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

In-Depth Enterprise
Second-place: The Grove Sun

Editorial Comment
Third-place: The Grove Sun

Personal Columns
First-place: The Grove Sun

News Writing
First-place: The Grove Sun

Sports Coverage
Fourth-place: The Grove Sun

Community Leadership
First-place: The Grove Sun

For more information and a complete list of winners, visit the Oklahoma Press Association.

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