Five journalists for the Northeast Times last week captured eight 2013 Keystone Press Awards in a statewide contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.
Overall, media organizations submitted more than 4,000 entries of work that was published or posted in 2012. Journalists from an Illinois press association judged the contest. The Times, a community weekly, competes in a division for non-daily newspapers with a circulation more than 10,000.
“We were pleased to have so many aspects of the paper honored. It speaks to the paper’s overall strength, thanks to this talented team of journalists,” said Lillian Swanson, executive editor of the Northeast Times.
The awards will be handed out at the Pennsylvania Press Conference, which will be held on May 18 in Harrisburg. The staffers honored are:
• Photographer Maria Pouchnikova first-place honors in news photography, for her photo “Goodbye.” The front-page image, published July 15, showed Police Officer Brian Lorenzo’s 4-year-old son emerging from his father’s funeral Mass.
Pouchnikova also won a second-place award for a news photo called “Fallen Stars,” published April 11. The image showed the parents of Firefighter Daniel Sweeney greeting his colleagues following the death of their son in the Buck Hosiery fire.
The photographer won second place, feature photos, for a portrait of U.S. Air Force veteran Frederick DeJosie, taken at the Delaware Valley Veterans Home and published on Nov. 14. She won honorable mention, feature photos, for an image of a Baltimore businessman who dresses up as “Batman” and visits ill children for the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation. The photo was published on Sept. 19.
• Reporter William Kenny won a first-place award for a news feature story for his article on Firefighter Pat Nally, who was severely injured in the blaze that killed Sweeney and Lt. Robert P. Neary. The exclusive interview, headlined “I was trapped,” was published on June 20.
• Sports editor Edward Morrone won first-place for sports/outdoor column for a series of three columns. The winning columns were: “For once, we can all identify with Andy Reid,” “Sports journalist among Colorado victims,” and “Heartbreak in Newtown feels too close to home.”
• Reporter Tom Waring won a second-place award for ongoing news coverage for his series of stories on the threatened closing of St. Hubert, the venerable girls’ high school, and the efforts by alumni and others to win a reversal of the archdiocesan decision.
• Former managing editor Fred Gusoff won a second-place award for front page design for three cover pages. They were “Lynn gets 3 to 6” “Dominant Dems” and “I was trapped.” ••