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2013 APME Journalism Excellence Award Winners

Friday, November 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
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43rd Annual Public Service

($1,500 in prize money)

Asbury Park Press, "Superstorm Sandy

The Gannett Company’s multimedia effort shows the rippling effects of superstorm Sandy six months later. The pieces are still being put back together, but personal accounts help shot that there is progress being made.

 40,000-149,999 - The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for its reporting on how wounded combat veterans lose benefits after being discharged by the Army for minor offenses.

Under 40,000 - The Virgin Islands Daily News, for "Our Money, Their Failure” project, which exposed a plan by the Virgin Islands' governor to build a $30 million sports complex with private partners who had questionable backgrounds.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Virgin Islands Daily News won Public Service awards in their circulation categories.

Sixth Annual Innovator of the Year for Radio and TV

AZ, the twice-weekly tablet magazine from The Arizona Republic, and Channel 12 (KPNX).

AZ is an interactive magazine for tablets that contains four chapters: Gallery, Captivate, Amuse and azcentral sports. Content includes in-depth news stories, sports features and humorous feature content. Interactive elements help put the reader in the middle of the story.

Second Annual Innovator of the Year for Radio and TV

Cognoscenti, sponsored by WBUR in Boston, for its new "letters to the editor” concept that provides closer reader-writer interactions.

Cognoscenti is the new opinion page for WBUR in Boston. WBUR experts in their respective fields give commentary on social, political, et al issues. Readers are urged to interact, spurring debate on the page everyday.

Second Annual Innovator of the Year for College Students

School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, "Campus Lifeline: A Report on College Suicide”

Campus Lifeline investigates and sheds light on suicide, the second-leading cause of death for college students. With information, both professional and anecdotal, the website offers a venue for learning and, if needed, help.

Fourth Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism

75,00 in circulation and below winner ($2,500 in prize money)- The Journal News, White Plains, N.Y., "District in Crisis”

East Ramapo schools are filled with mostly black and Hispanic children, while primarily Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jews, who mostly send their children to private schools, run the Board of Education. This interactive insight uses a timeline, interviews and shoe leather reporting to show the crisis in East Ramapo schools.

Above 75,000 winner ($2,500 in prize money)The Blade, Toledo, Ohio, "Battle Lines: Gangs of Toledo”

After Mayor Mike Bell and the Toledo Police department refused to show where gang territories were in Toledo after record requests, The Blade found out for itself by interviewing gang members and displaying where was control by whom on its "Gangs of Toledo” map.

43rd Annual First Amendment Award and Citations

($1,000 in prize money)

The Virgin Islands Daily News, "The Battle for V.I. Senators’ Spending Records”

The chronological accounts of the successful legal battle for public access to V.I. Legislature spending records showed that legislators and staff were using millions of taxpayers’ dollar to "live large.”

Digital Storytelling Awards

(previously Digital Storytelling and Reporting Awards)

Over 150,000- The Detroit Free Press, for its examination of the defunct Packard Plant, "now home to graffiti artists, illegal dumpers, scrappers, urban explorers and thieves who rob and mug them, arsonists, firefighters who risk their lives and camera crews from around the world.”

40,000-149,999- The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., for its digital narrative telling the dramatic story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last hours before his assassination.

Under 40,000- Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier, for its coverage of two missing girls and the long, tragic search that followed.

International Perspective Awards:

Over 150,000- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paper Cuts,” John Schmid and Mike De Sisti

The two-part story covers Wisconsin’s paper industry and its struggles with the threat of digital and now China’s emergence as a paper power.

40,000-149,999- Omaha World-Herald, "China Connection,” Paul Goodsell and Matt Miller

Goodsell and Miller spent three weeks in China accompanying Gov. Dave Heineman on a trade mission. The pair examined ties China and Midlands business and academic institutions.

Under 40,000-Argus-Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D., "South Dakota to South Sudan,” Steve Young

Steve Young went to Sudan on a goodwill mission. He came back with experiences and stories that transcend normal personal experiences.

APME Staff Awards

Deadline Reporting and Charles Rowe Award

Associated Press New York and New Jersey staff

"AP’s New York and New Jersey staffs’ coverage of the 800-mile-wide mashup called Sandy was, in a word, exceptional,” the APME judges said. They said that under the worst of conditions, including their personal storm woes and risks, the staff provided up-to-the minute, authoritative coverage that was "nothing short of stellar.”

Enterprise Reporting

West Africa bureau chief Rukmini Callimachi

Judges called Callimachi’s work on terrorism "fascinating, horrific and well-told.” Callimachi followed al-Qaida, chronicling and reporting from actual documents she found. Judges said her work, "showed much bravery, enterprise and knowledge in uncovering these stories.” They described her work as "courageous pursuit of news under extreme conditions; an important voice that many more news outlets need to reflect. Her reporting reminds us why the AP matters so much in this profession.”

News Single Photo

Photographer Charles Krupa, based in Boston

In the hectic moments after the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon Krupa snapped a picture of medical workers running an injured man past the finish line in a wheelchair. "This dramatic image of the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath is the iconic image for that event,” the judges said. "For the photographer to have the composure to capture this amid the chaos is incredible.”

News Story Photo

Photographer Khalil Hamra, based in Cario

Hamra’s series on the fighting in Syria were called "raw, detailed and insightful” by judges. His images convey the human element.

Feature Story Photo

Photographer Altaf Qadri, based in New Delhi

Qadri captured a crude, makeshift school for impoverished children under a New Delhi bridge. "As a result of this photo story, readers were inspired to give donations that resulted in improvements to the school,” the judges said.

Feature Writing

India bureau chief Ravi Nessman and Australia bureau chief Kristen Gelineau

"The Longest Journey” chronicles a young man’s pursuit of his mother after being separated in India. Saroo Brierley was adopted by an Australian family, and did not see his mother for 25 years after a train ride separated the two.

Best Use of Multimedia

Interactive producers Nathan Griffiths, Peter Santilli and Peter Hamlin, all of New York

The group’s package covering the selection of the new pope at the Vatican was innovative. The judges deemed the work "deep, rich and fact-laden,” providing solid biographical and pertinent information about a relatively unknown leader.

Best Use of Video

John Mone, a video journalist based in Dallas, former AP video journalist Robert Ray, Omaha-based photographer Nati Harnik and former Washington video producer Nicole Grether

The group provided a video series on drought that ravished the Midwest last year. The judges described the series as "show-and-tell journalism at its best. The video documented the heart-breaking effects of the lack of water.”

John L. Doughterty Prize for exemplary work from staffer 30 years or younger

Hannah Dreier

Judges said that Dreier’s work in California’s Sacramento bureau "holds government and our leaders accountable, challenging them.” Dreier’s study of public records found that legislators were changing their votes when the outcome was imminent and discovery of the use of funds from special license plates for 9/11 victims was being used to balance the state’s budget.

McGruder Winners

12th Annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership

Reginald Stuart, veteran journalist and corporate recruiter, and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle

"We are thrilled to recognize Reginald Stuart and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,” said Brad Dennison, president of APME. "Their work, particularly in these challenging times in our industry, is exemplary. APME is proud to present the McGruder award each year to outstanding recipients like Stuart and the Democrat and Chronicle.” Stuart has 45 years of experience in journalism, in which his nomination letter cited he has found more than 1,000 journalists jobs. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has an active Diversity Committee—10 staff members that incorporate and educate all employees—and Debra Adams Simmons, editor of The Plain Dealer, APME vice president and chair of the award’s selection committee said that the paper is continuing its drive instead of staying stagnant.

Sedalia Democrat wins APME’s Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

The Sedalia Democrat of Sedalia, Mo., won APME’s Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.

The newspaper earned a $1,000 grant to work on its proposed project of "Meth at the Crossroads.”

The project was about methamphetamine trafficking in west-central Missouri at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 50, a major east-west corridor, and U.S. Highway 65.

Democrat Editor Dennis Rich and reporter Emily Jarrett worked on the project during the summer.

The Democrat published five stories during July with the "Meth at the Crossroads” label. The topics were the costs of drug seizures, effects on the body, treatments to end addiction, the handling of offenders, and the Sedalia’s police efforts proactive role in the problem.

The grant’s runner-up was The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia-Dover, Ohio. Their pitch was about foster care. The Observer-Reporter of Washington, Penn., was the other finalist for a project pitch of homelessness.

Media organizations of a circulation of 100,000 people or more are eligible for the grant. Applicants were asked to send a community issue-based project proposal that used print or digital media. They also had to include social media or mobile strategy.

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