Enterprise wins awards

From left, Enterprise Outdoors-Sports Writer Justin A. Levine, Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter and Managing Editor Peter Crowley pose with plaques at the New York News Publishers Association awards banquet Wednesday evening at the Hearst Media Center in Albany. (Provided photo — Tracey Porpora)

ALBANY — The Enterprise took home four plaques in the New York News Publishers Association’s annual awards banquet.

The NYNPA is for daily newspapers in New York, and its banquet was held Wednesday evening at the Hearst Media Center, in the Times Union newspaper headquarters. The Enterprise competed in the NYNPA’s under-10,000 circulation class.

This is one of three statewide contests the Enterprise enters each year. All three judge content from the prior calendar year, and the NYNPA is the last to be announced.

In total, the Enterprise has won 17 awards for its 2018 work. It claimed seven in the New York Press Association contest, announced in April, and in early June, the Enterprise took home six awards from the Associated Press group for New York state — including Newspaper of Distinction, for the best overall small newspaper in 2018.

“We are proud that we are recognized for our award-winning journalism among our colleagues, but even more thrilled with the support we receive from our community,” Enterprise Publisher Catherine Moore said. “Our staff works very hard to deliver local quality content, and they are what keeps us successful.”

Former Staff Writer Griffin Kelly won the NYNPA beat reporting prize for his coverage of the arts beat, including stories of a man who turns logs into guitars, a comedian’s anger at some people not liking his racially charged joke, the cancellation of a school’s dramatic presentation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” due to racial slurs in the script, and a nursing home using mp3 playlists as memory therapy for dementia patients. Kelly left the Enterprise’s employ in May of this year.

Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter won the sports photography award for capturing the winner’s joy as she crossed the finish line at the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. It was the 20th year of the Lake Placid Ironman last year and also the 20th year Reuter covered it for the Enterprise and Lake Placid News.

Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine won the prize for state government coverage for a series of articles following the process of classifying the Boreas Ponds tract and finalizing new management plans for two huge chunks of state land: the expanded High Peaks Wilderness Area and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.

Bob Seidenstein won the column writing award for the Inseide Dope, which has run weekly in the Enterprise since 1996. Judges praised it as both literate and folksy and full of the author’s intimate community knowledge. Seidenstein grew up in Saranac Lake and has spent almost all his life here.