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SPC announces 2010 media award winners

Eagle Newspapers earns more than half in non-daily categories

Six out of 10 winners who submitted articles in the non-daily print categories for the 2010 Syracuse Press Club's Professional Recognition Awards contest are editors for Eagle Newspapers.

The winners, announced March 30, include former Star-Review editor and current contributing writer Sarah Hall, Eagle Bulletin editor Tami S. Zimmerman, Eagle Observer editor Ami Olson, Urban CNY editor Kenneth Jackson and sports writer Phil Blackwell.

SPC recognized Hall for her article, "Children without a home," under the news feature category. Her story revealed real-life accounts about homeless kids living in the Central New York area.

Zimmerman's "Christian station thrives after 40 years," an article focused on the founding and mission of Mars Hill Network, earned her an award under the human interest category.

Olson submitted "An unfair fight favors big business," which addressed the controversial issue of selling wine in grocery stores. She won for best column.

Jackson, also a contributing writer for Syracuse City Eagle, won, too, for his column, "The Thanksgiving Table."

Jackson used the holiday's seating arrangement (separating the kids from the adults) as a political metaphor for the way the African-American community is still waiting for its CNY invite to the big table.

Two awards went to Blackwell for his articles, "Mustangs reach first-ever sectional final" and "Touchdown! Bees top CBA, head to Regionals," which were published in the Baldwinsville Messenger.

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