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Contests open Dec. 15 with Feb. 8 deadline


It's time for AP members to enter their best work from 2014 in our three contests, for newspapers, broadcasters and college broadcasters. All entries are submitted on the BetterBNC website, and additional details are on the Newspaper Members and Broadcasters pages of this website.


Fall workshop held Oct. 25 in Syracuse


The New York State AP Association and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications joined together Oct. 25 at Syracuse University to present a timely full-day training program focused on the journalism jobs of today and the future. The event attracted 240 participants, including journalism students and staff of AP member broadcast stations and newspapers.


Renowned journalism trainer Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, voice coach Marilyn Pittman and KARE-TV's award-winning duo Boyd Huppert and Jonathan Malat led workshops. We also heard from expert panels on countering government secrecy and covering state politics.

NYSAPA is composed of newspapers and radio and TV stations from throughout New York State served by The Associated Press. It provides professional training, recognition and a forum for its members to discuss mutual concerns.

The next awards banquet is Saturday night, June 6, 2015 in Saratoga Springs. The contest deadline is Feb. 8.




Newspaper and broadcast awards for 2013 announced

Public radio stations WRVO in Oswego and WBFO in Buffalo and Elmira's WENY-TV have won the top awards in the New York State Associated Press Association's annual broadcast news awards competition. Newspapers in Canandaigua, Poughkeepsie, Middletown and on Long Island were honored as Newspapers of Distinction.

WRVO and WBFO each had seven first-place winners to tie for the NYSAPA's Steve Flanders Award, given to the radio station with the most first-place awards in the competition for news stories aired during the previous calendar year.

WENY had six first-place winners to take home the grand prize in the television competition for the third straight year. WNBC in New York City and Buffalo's WIVB each won four first-place awards in the TV competition. WCBS-AM in New York City also had four first-place awards.

The Daily Messenger of Canandaigua, Poughkeepsie Journal, Times Herald-Record of Middletown, and Newsday were judged the best newspapers in their respective circulation categories. The entire news product, print and digital, was judged in this competition. The NYSAPA is one of the oldest and most competitive journalistic competitions for daily newspapers in the state. Out-of-state journalists are the judges.

The newspaper awards, moved up this year from fall to spring, recognize work done in the 2013 calendar year.

Others honored by the NYSAPA are:
Jeff Stein of The Post-Standard in Syracuse won the award named for the former Associated Press news editor in Albany and given to a journalist with up to three years' experience.
Gabe Dickens of the Press-Republican in Plattsburgh won the Bernard J. Kolenberg Award for best in show for a photo of quick action during a men's soccer game. The award is named for an Albany Times-Union photographer killed in a plane crash in Vietnam while he was covering the war for The Associated Press.
Peter R. Barber of The Daily Gazette in Schenectady won the Bruce Cromie Award for contributing the best of the state AP's "Photo of the Month" award winners. He captured an image of Schenectady firefighters battling a three-alarm, Christmas Eve fire. The award is named for an Albany photographer killed in an auto accident while on assignment for a member newspaper.
Reporter Carolyn Thompson in the Buffalo bureau and reporter Jake Pearson in the New York City bureau were named AP Staffers of the Year.

The awards were presented during the NYSAPA's first joint newspaper and broadcast state meeting, which was held May 31 in Saratoga Springs.

The newspaper and broadcast boards merged and agreed to work together on training on subjects of mutual interest. Watch this space for details on a scheduled Electronic Journalism Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

For contest details, follow the links for Newspaper Members or Broadcasters.

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