The Tears of a Veteran Newspaper Reporter

Choked up by the current state of his profession.

When recently summarized a list of winners at the Syracuse Press Club’s annual awards banquet, they led with a mention of their own Tim Knauss (pictured). The longtime Syracuse Post-Standard reporter, who covers government and public spending, received the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.

However, left out one important detail with regards to Knauss. For that, we turn to a report today by the Syracuse New Times:

Knauss began his April 30 speech at the Syracuse Press Club awards dinner by asking how many copy editors were in the room. He was surprised when more than three people raised their hands…

He spoke briefly about the challenge of doing journalism with fewer copy editors as a safety net and less time to report important stories. Knauss abruptly ended his speech when he could no longer hold back tears.

The New Times goes on to explain that the Post-Standard, currently published in print three times a week, will see those Syracuse Media Group print operations relocated to an Advance Local plant in Edison, N.J. in late June. As a result, a number of editor, page designer and graphic artist positions are expected to be lost.

The email to Post-Standard staff about this decision was sent May 4, the Wednesday immediately following the Saturday during which Knauss delivered his abbreviated remarks. And the week of the Syracuse Press Club Awards, another Advance Local paper, Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg Patriot-News, completed a similar move.

The award won by Knauss was first handed out in 1978. Its namesake Selwyn Kershaw is a past Syracuse Press Club president and copy editor at the Syracuse Herald-Journal.

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