The New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA), like many local press clubs around the country, tallies up a large number of categories for its annual awards. But within those parameters, the Gannett-owned Poughkeepsie Journal continues to set the bar high.
At this year’s awards banquet, held in Albany July 20, the paper won 17 prizes. That’s the most ever for the paper, the most for any paper in the history of the NYNPA banquet and the ninth straight year the publication has led in their circulation category. From the paper’s item:
“I am so proud of the high-quality and outstanding journalism that is being produced from our award-winning Poughkeepsie Journal Media newsroom team,” president and publisher Jim Fogler said. “To win the most awards across all of the competition categories truly showcases we are truly making a positive difference with the stories we tell in the communities we serve.”
Another paper that did well at the 2015-year awards is the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Their eight prizes include one for investigative reporting, thanks to Justin Murphy’s examination of problems with the way the Rochester City School District educates Latino students with disabilities.
At Wednesday night’s event, the John Peter Zenger Award – given to an individual “who demonstrates an unyielding dedication to freedom of the press in the stae of New York” – was presented to Ira Fusfeld, who served as publisher of the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y., from 1987 to 2012.
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