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Eagle editors lauded

— Editors at Eagle Newspapers were honored for their work at two recent awards ceremonies that celebrate the best journalism in Central New York and statewide.

At the New York Press Association (NYPA) Better Newspaper Contest awards held last month, Eagle Star-Review editor Sarah Hall’s election coverage took second place in its circulation division. The judges had the following comments:

“This isn’t just cleanly executed routine election work or formulaic handling; you focused on significant factors in the election… and used these to segue into a well-organized broader discussion, resulting in enjoyable and informative reads based on solid reporting.”

Also at NYPA, former Skaneateles Press editor Jason Emerson (now editor of the Cazenovia Republican) won third place in the In-Depth Reporting category. The judges said, “What begins with routine meeting coverage of a contentious issue evolves into several in-depth articles built upon long interviews and examination of public records. A reminder that covering meetings isn’t usually enough.”

Meanwhile, at the Syracuse Press Club Better Newspaper Contest, Emerson took home two awards, one for second place in the editorial category for his piece “A sad state of affairs” and another for first place in the news feature category for “Town, SRTC at odds over return of YMCA assets.” The judges said the latter featured “solid coverage of pretty stunning governmental incompetence.”

Hall took first place in the editorial category for her editorial “No district served by ‘competitive’ state aid policy.” The judges said, “This editorial's call-to-action is clear, provocative and bold, supported by an intelligent and informed perspective.”

“I’m honored to work each day with journalists who truly care for the craft,” said Eagle Publisher David Tyler. “I’m particularly proud that Sarah and Jason took both awards in the editorial category. Their work was judged against editorials from dailies and weeklies from Binghamton to Syracuse to Watertown. To take both first and second is an indication of just how good they are as journalists and opinion writers.”

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