The Indiana Gazette has captured seven awards in the 2013 Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors’ annual writing and photography contest.
The Gazette tied for the most awards in its circulation category (15,000 and under) that includes about two dozen newspapers for work in 2012.
First-place awards went to:
- Chauncey Ross, in the general news reporting category, for an entry titled “Sean’s law,” a series of stories about a law passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature in response to a case of hit-and-run in 2005 that killed Sean Pearce, of Blairsville. The story was printed July 6.
- Matt Burglund, sports feature reporting, for “Man of the house: Foust did things his way, and Homer City is better for it.” Printed May 16, the story was part of a series on last year’s inductees into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame.
- The Gazette staff, for an editorial, “Bring on the scrubbers,” advocating the installation of pollution controls at the Homer City Generating Station. It was published March 18.
- The Gazette staff, enterprise reporting, for a special publication, “They Gave Their All — WWII: The War Effort in Indiana County,” a special section on Sept. 17 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 and included the work of many staff members.
Second-place awards went to:
- Randy Wells, enterprise reporting, for “Indiana County Fair marking 150 years,” printed on Aug. 20. This was a package of several stories detailing the history and evolution of the county fair.
- Bob Fulton, business writing, for “Food, restaurants part of area family’s lineage,” printed as part of the Business Indiana supplement on Jan. 31. His story explored the Recupero family’s ownership of several area restaurants.
- Chauncey Ross, feature writing, for “Former cop embraces role as Mayberry’s Barney Fife,” printed Aug. 31. The story is about a former police officer who in his retirement tours the country playing the bumbling detective from “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Entries were judged by editors in New York.
The newspaper has won 13 state AP awards in the last two years.
The PAPME awards come on the heels of the Gazette’s seven Pennsylvania Newspaper Association awards, announced last month.
“Garnering recognition from your peers is always satisfying, and these awards are an indication of the quality and effort we put into the material we publish.
“It’s rewarding to know that the dedicated Gazette staff produces work that can stand at the top of our craft,” said Eric Ebeling, executive editor. “I think awards are just a natural extension of the dedicated, thorough and conscientious approach we try to deliver every day for the benefit of our readers.”
Winners will be honored at a banquet on May 17 in Harrisburg.