Northeast Times wins eight Keystone Press Awards

Ju­ly 15th’s front-page im­age, “Good­bye,” showed slain Po­lice Of­ficer Bri­an Lorenzo’s 4-year-old son emer­ging from his fath­er’s fu­ner­al Mass. The photo won a Key­stone Press Award, one of eight such hon­ors awar­ded to the North­east Times.

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.” ••

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