The Indiana Gazette has won seven awards in the 2013 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Keystone Press Awards contest.
The Gazette competed with about two dozen newspapers in Pennsylvania with a circulation of under 20,000 for work from 2012.
Photographer Teri M. Enciso placed first in the news photo category for a picture captured during significant flooding in Indiana Borough in July. James J. Nestor won honorable mention in the sports photo category for a photo shot at the end of the regular season for Indiana Area High School’s football team in late October.
Assistant sports editor Matthew Burglund garnered two awards — first place in the page design category and honorable mention in the sports story category for “Home grown: Mesoraco’s baseball roots are planted in legion days,” published May 3.
Bob Fulton, the newspaper’s chief copy editor, earned first place in the category of business or consumer story for “Food, restaurants part of area family’s lineage,” a piece tracing the enterprises of the Ricupero family, printed on Jan. 31.
The news staff earned a first-place award for their work on a special section, “They Gave Their All,” a publication with tales about local men and women who served in and lived through World War II. That publication was designed by news editor Jason Levan.
The sports staff earned honorable mention for a 14-part series profiling the 2012 inductees in the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame, printed in September.
The Gazette has won 30 Keystone Awards in the last five years.
“Once again the staff of The Indiana Gazette has distinguished itself by producing work of the highest quality, the kind that our readers have come to expect from us,” said Eric Ebeling, executive editor. “While we don’t go about our work with the goal of winning prizes, it’s always nice to earn recognition from our peers in the industry. I am proud of the skill and effort put forth by Matt, Teri, Bob, Jim and the entire staff.
“It shows their dedication to their craft and the community they serve.”
The PNA awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the newspaper profession by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and furthers First Amendment values, according to the state newspaper association. Winners will be honored at a banquet in Harrisburg in May.