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YDR newsroom brings home 11 awards in PAPME competition

The dome of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building is seen in this AP photo featured on Pennsylvania’s AP site.

The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors awards came out Tuesday night, right when our newsroom and 85 other daily newspaper newsrooms across Pennsylvania were in the thick of the election night fight.

You see, when awards come out, everything stops in a newsroom, as journalists scan the list and, well, cheer and opine about the results.

But our journalists must have been intent on their work. Usually, word about award winners leak out in a thousand ways.

No one said anything until one editor blurted out that results were in – right on deadline.

OK, we made deadline anyway.

We also made a great showing, winning 11 awards in our category. We consider it a great year when we break into double digits in this contest – which joins Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors’ Keystone Press Awards competition as a rite of spring.

PAPME’s contest is a little different than the Keystones in a good way. First place winners get a cash award, gleaned from entry fees.

The results in our circulation division:

CIRCULATION 30,001-75,000


Sports Deadline Reporting
First: Mike Argento, Steve Navaroli, Randy Parker, Frank Bodani and Lauren Boyer, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Bigger than football: PSU family heals”
Second: Derek Levarse, The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader, “The healing begins”

Sports/Outdoors Column
First: Frank Bodani, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “As he grieves”
Second: Mike McGovern, Reading Eagle, “What price would be paid for slashing athletics”

Sports Feature Reporting
First: Donnie Collins, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Knight vision”
Second: Frank Bodani, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Stable career choice”

First: Mark Jones, The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader, “Empty promise: A state gas tax”
Second: Jerry Reimenschneider, Reading Eagle, “Paterno had to go”

Investigative Reporting
First: Sean Adkins, Teresa Boeckel, Bill Landauer, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Are we ready?: Who would be at risk? Nuke siren backup; What happens when plans go wrong”
Second: Sarah Hofius Hall, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Rosetti investigation”

Spot News Reporting
First: Staff, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “September Flooding”
Second: Staff, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Did you feel it?”

General News Reporting
First: Staff, The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader, “Move over Agnes”
Second: Ed Palattella and Lisa Thompson, Erie Times News, “A mystery and its consequences”

Enterprise Reporting
First: Terrie Morgan-Besecker, The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader, “The enemy within; Suit targets care at VA”
Second: Staff, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Outlook 2011”

Business Writing
First: Mike Faher, The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat, “Center still seeing red”
Second: Sean Adkins, Teresa Boeckel and Bill Landauer, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Are we ready?: Who would be at risk; Nuke siren backup; What happens when plans go wrong”

Feature Writing
First: Bill Landauer, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Beyond best friends”
Second: Lauren Boyer, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Boomerang boom”

First: Chris Kelly, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Without a paddle?”
Second: Kate Fratti, Bucks County Courier Times, “If only the church would cry”

Public Service
First: Staff, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “September flooding”
Second: Ed Palattella, Mike Maciag and Chris Sigmund, Erie Times News, “Taxing issue”

Online Coverage of Breaking News
First: Harry Funk, (Washington) Observer-Reporter, “Police officer slain”
Second: Ted Baird and Chad Sebring, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “The Cordaro/Munchak trial”

Best Blogging
First: Staff, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “YDR Insider”
Second: Joan Concilio, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Only in York County”


Spot News Photo
First: Michael J. Mullen, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Guilty”
Second: Butch Comegys, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Mark O’Malley”

Feature Photo
First: Butch Comegys, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, “Would-be warriors”
Second: Rick Kintzel, The (Doylestown) Intelligencer, “Life imitating art”

Sports Photo
First: Lauren A. Little, Reading Eagle, “Wild pitch, wild finish ends Bears’ season”
Second: John Rucosky, The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat, “Sting of Defeat”

Personality Portrait
First: Jim McNutt, (Washington) Observer-Reporter, “Alzheimer’s cover for Total Health”
Second: Jim McNutt, (Washington) Observer-Reporter, “Concussions taking a toll on athletes of all ages”

Photo Story
First: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record/Sunday News, “Bigger than football (Penn State – Nebraska coverage)”
Second: Aimee Dilger, Don Carey and Pete G. Wilcox, The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader, “Time for shock and tears”

Also, current YDR staff members who won for their previous news organization:

Enterprise Reporting
First: Ed Mahon, Centre Daily Times, “Charter schools: Making the grade?”

Best blogging
First: April Trotter, Carlisle Sentinel.