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Gazette earns seven awards in APME contest

by The Indiana Gazette on April 05, 2014 10:54 AM

The Indiana Gazette has won seven awards in the 2014 Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors’ annual News Excellence Competition.

The Gazette competed against newspapers across the state with a circulation of 15,000 or less for work in 2013.

Awards went to seven staffers:

• Sports editor Tony Coccagna garnered first place in the sports deadline reporting category for “Local runners safe after explosions,” detailing the harrowing experience of some local participants in the Boston Marathon when bombs went off, printed April 16.

• Assistant sports editor Matt Burglund earned second place in sports feature reporting for “Safe at home: 17 years after leaving Indiana, Michael Ryan’s baseball journey continues,” published June 30. This story chronicled the Indiana native’s pro baseball career.

• In the business writing category, reporter Chauncey Ross earned second place for his story “Marcellus shale holds promise as new markets for gas open,” printed in the newspaper’s annual Business Indiana supplement on Jan. 31.

• Contributor Julie Martin received first place in the public service category for her moving stories about the Gazette’s annual Treasures for Children program, which asks people to donate gifts for the less fortunate around the holidays.

• Photographer Teri Enciso earned second place in the sports photo category for “In the hunt,” which shows the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ziggy Hood tackling Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, published Nov. 18.

• Photographer James J. Nestor took second place in the feature photo category for “Serene scene,” depicting a kayaker’s tranquil morning on Yellow Creek Lake, printed Sept. 29.

• Chief photographer Tom Peel garnered second place in the spot news photo category for “Fire levels Accent Fuels,” shot at the scene of a fire that destroyed the Homer City business. His image was printed on Dec. 19. Peel also won an award last month from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for this photo.

The Gazette has won a total of 19 statewide awards this season, having also earned a dozen from the PNA.

“I am proud to see that our news team, led by our editor, Eric Ebeling, continues to be recognized by our peers in the newspaper industry for their efforts in providing our readers content second to none,” said Mike Donnelly, president and publisher of Indiana Printing & Publishing, which owns The Indiana Gazette. “The record seven awards received from the AP follows up on the 12 the Gazette received from the PNA last week. These awards demonstrate the fine work from our staff and the investment made by the Gazette in the award-winning editorial department. When many newspapers in the business are cutting back on their editorial staffs, the Gazette continues to invest in the content provided to our readers.”

“Receiving recognition like this is an honor, and I salute the hardworking staff members of the Gazette for their dedication, drive and excellence in producing the finest content possible,” Ebeling said. “Awards won in the realms of news, sports and photography show a depth of talent that any newspaper would be proud to celebrate.”

The PAPME awards will be handed out at a banquet May 30 in State College.

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