Eagle editors lauded

— Hall also won first place in the Human Interest Feature category for “Cuse Pit Crew: It’s (for) the pits.” The judges said the story was “engaging from the first sentence, as well as informative about a relevant subject. It was well-written, using active voice and verbal craftsmanship instead of superlatives to create a scene.”

Hall and former Eagle employee Amanda Seef were awarded second place in the Investigative category for their coverage of Sunshine Week. Seef, who now works in the newsroom at YNN, also took first place in the blog category for her blog, “Do the right thing,” as well as first place column in the non-daily newspaper category for “Cracked swan eggs create uproar; harsher crimes ignored,” Judges called the column “a look at something journalists deal with at every paper: the disturbing nature of animal abuse contrasted against human-on-human violence, and the priorities we place on each.”

Seef’s photo, “Fishing access point opens on Nine Mile Creek,” won second place in the Scenic Photo category.

Finally, Syracuse Woman Magazine’s Jenna Schifferle’s piece, “Julia Wamp: Breast cancer survivor and founder of Alive! Foundation,” won second place for sports story in the special interest publication category.

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