Enterprise, News win 13 awards from NY Press Association

A song sparrow holds insects in its beak while feeding in a honeysuckle hedge late in June 2017 in Saranac Lake. This photo won first place in the Art Photo category of the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for 2017. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

ALBANY — Together, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News won 13 awards in the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for 2017.

The awards were announced over the course of the NYPA’s annual Spring Conference and Trade Show Friday and Saturday at the Hilton in downtown Albany.

The Enterprise won 10 of the awards: nine for news and one for advertising. Five of the awards were first place.

The awards are as follows, with judges’ comments:

Adirondack Daily Enterprise

¯ First place, Coverage of Agriculture, Ag-irondack series, Glynis Hart (“Wonderful reading about real, hard-working people. Loved the photos as well.”)

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¯ First place, Best Column, The Inseide Dope, Bob Seidenstein (“While his columns may have lacked the polish of some of the competitors, we felt his writing reached us is a way no one else did. His down-to-earth, sometimes funny, sometimes serious topics and tones made for a great read.”)

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¯ First place, Art Photo, “Hungry bird,” Lou Reuter (“What an amazing capture! To get this moment, with such an amazing sharpness and beautiful composition, is no small feat and no doubt took patience and skill.”)

¯ First place, Best News or Feature Series, Trump budget’s local impact, Antonio Olivero (“This was a category filled with outstanding quality community journalism, the bedrock of a local newspaper. The author did everything a journalist is supposed to do when reporting on issues, and made a national story very local, showing readers exactly how government decisions could affect them. Perfect use of breakout boxes, which helped in telling the story. Newspapers around the country likely did the same types of stories, but this author did it as well as could be expected, and the readers were the real winners.”)

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¯ First place, Best Advertising Campaign, Darrah Cooper Jewelers ads, Carol Swirsky (“Very creative jewelry campaign, even black and white.”)

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¯ Second place, Spot News Coverage, “Snowshoer charged,” Chris Knight (“The writer did a good job interviewing and including a lot of voices in these stories that likely helped inform the reader without being sensational.”)

¯ Third place, Best News or Feature Series, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest changes, Justin Levine (“In an area where the natural resources are important and a vital part of the region, this entry gave readers a thorough examination of what the wild forest changes would be and the impact they would have. The visuals and breakout boxes helped to tell the story.”)

¯ Third place, Art Photo, Rainbow Falls, Antonio Olivero (“This image is inviting and calming, just by looking at it, one can hear the rush of the water and feel the sun on her skin. The rainbow makes this image with that little bit of happy color bringing a smile to the readers.”)

¯ Third place, News Story, “Autopsy reveals details in Borden drowning, canoe passengers speak,” Griffin Kelly (“An article that surely had the community talking. Exhaustive work to contact those involved and piece together the events of the drowning are obvious. While impactful, the lede could be stronger and editing mistakes are distracting.”)

¯ Honorable mention, Spot News Coverage, “Blizzard brings 40+ inches of snow to some local areas,” Antonio Olivero, Ben Gocker, Chris Knight, Lou Reuter (“The staff did a great job of getting news and photos of a snowstorm that was still underway at press time. Obviously, they didn’t let the weather stop them from doing their jobs!”)

Lake Placid News

¯ Second place, Sports Feature, Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp, Andy Flynn (“The writer does a fantastic job covering all the aspects of this once in a lifetime experience for hockey players. The paper covers it all, from the campers, to the Miracle on Ice alums to the historical significance of the Miracle on Ice itself. Kudos for getting it out to provide superb coverage of this event.”)

¯ Third place, Spot News Coverage, Lake Placid blackout, Antonio Olivero, Andy Flynn, Chris Knight (“This entry did a good job of telling the story with a range of news angles and great photos.”)

¯ Honorable mention, Magazine, Adirondack Living, Lindsay Munn (“Real estate magazines vary in quality and substance, but we found this magazine fun to look at … and read. That’s right. Sprinkled in with the real estate listings and photos, all well done and colorful, were bits of editorial that added interest to the publication. We liked the Camp Gordon cover photo and feature, as well as the stories on log cabin restoration and, especially, the history of an historical listing. They added some fun and variety to the real estate listing publication.”)

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