Syracuse Press Club 40th Annual 2017-2018 Professional Recognition Award Winners Finalists are Announced

Urban CNY Wins Record Number in Online Journalism Category, Including iconic Campaign Photo; The Stand Notches Multiple Wins in Print Category

For those who believe stories about urban life aren’t an important part of journalism, look no further than the announcement from the Syracuse Press Club. On Friday April 6th finalists were revealed for the Syracuse Press Club’s 40th Annual Professional Recognition Awards.  News and stories of interest from Urban Syracuse made an impact by competing against some of the oldest established news organizations in Central New York.  The Stand and were competitive against a field of publications and websites.

The Syracuse Press Club’s Annual Professional Recognition Awards contest eligibility includes all professional and college journalists working for publications in 21 Upstate New York counties surrounding Syracuse. The counties are: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tompkins, and Seneca counties; and as far west as State Route 14 in Tioga, Chemung, Wayne, Schuyler and Yates counties.

Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards Contest

The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital by the Better Newspaper Contest under the direction of Eagle Newspapers editor Sarah Hall. Volunteers from numerous press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in numerous competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories.

Note the names of winners and media organizations are in random order.  The Syracuse Press Club will announce at the May 5th awards dinner who won first and second place awards. The entire scrambled list of award finalists can be viewed by clicking Here for a complete list of all finalists.

The 2017 Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards event will be held May 5, 2018 at the Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St in Syracuse. Things get underway with a cash bar at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m. with the program to follow. The Club will also make an addition to their Wall of Distinction. That selection will be made public at a later date.

Print Category Highlights – The Stand

The Stand began as a writing project by Syracuse University has operated writing workshops and mentored young writers providing a voice for the city’s Southside. The publication’s entries are finalists in multiple categories. Focusing on the city’s Southside the publication has made its mark within the journalism community.  The Stand has competed successfully in a field that includes; The Syracuse New Times, Eagle Newspapers and The Syracuse Post-Standard.  The Stand has finalists in 3 Non-Daily print categories and 3 in photography. (See scrambled list of finalists below)

Online Journalism Highlights –  Urban CNY News –

This was an extraordinary year for, coming off last year’s win for entries from 2016 presented in May 2017 in Online Journalism; First Place Breaking News and First Place Blog. competes against a field that includes some of the largest media outlets in the region,, CNY Central, WAER, etc.

This year the 2017-2018 Online Journalism, Breaking News Category was swept by winning 2 out of 2 awards presented in this category.  In addition to the Journalism Blog category; Ken’s Blog The Hall Monitor, will also win in the Photos & Graphics Category with the photo entitled: “The Westcott Street Massacre”. (See scrambled list of finalist below)

Starting as a print publication in 1989 is a culmination of 29 years as; The Constitution, to The Constitution/Urban CNY and our web incarnation  Almost 30 years of experience covering urban life in Central New York.

Finalists Non-Daily Print Media – The Stand

News Feature/Series

  • The Stand, Jasmine Gomez, “Affordable Homes: Buyers Purchase Vacant Properties and Restore Them to Usable Form”
  • Syracuse New Times, Bill DeLapp and Michael Davis, “Her Story”

“Human Interest” Feature/Series

  • The Catholic Sun, Tom Maguire, “How Can a Kid Do This?”
  • The Stand, Katelyn Faubel, “Where Are They Now? South Sider’s equestrian dream from childhood is being realized”

Sports Story

  • The Stand, David Onoue, “An unlikely friendship opens opportunities for homeless community”
  • Syracuse New Times, Matt Michael and Michael Davis, “SU Basketball Series”

All Print Photography

Feature Photo

  • Upstate Medical University, John Berry, “He Calls Himself Lucky: Kidney Cancer Survivor’s Advice: Don’t Ignore Possible Symptoms”
  • The Stand, Emily Elconin, “Finding Her Way Back”

Sports Photo

  • The Citizen, Kevin Rivoli, “The Rainbow Lacrosse Game”
  • The Stand, Nick Lisi, “Winning Shot”


  • New York Horse Magazine, Michael Buchinger, “Gray Rider”
  • The Stand, Michael Santiago, “They Wear Blue”
Finalists Online Journalism –

Breaking News

Multimedia Story

  •, Brett Hall, “Tear It Down or Fix It Up?”
  • Spectrum News, Staff, “April the Giraffe Coverage”

News Website

  •, John Lammers
  •, Chris Bolt, Kevin Kloss and Joe Lee, “City Limits: A Poverty Project website of WAER Public Media”


  •, Jacob Pucci, “Best of CNY”
  •, Ken Jackson, “The Hall Monitor”

Photos & Graphics

  • WRVO-FM online, Tom Magnarelli, “Immigration activists and Trump supporters in Syracuse spar over deportations”
  •, Ken Jackson, “The Westcott Street Massacre”

The Internet has revolutionized the way people get their news and information. What once took days or weeks can be conveyed in an instant. With Social media information is spread quickly, in some cases spreading, not so accurate information. Recent revelations regarding Facebook and the sale of users information indicates the reach and importance of Social Media. Shocking accounts implicating Cambridge Analytics, accused of using Facebook data as a vehicle for manipulating public opinion by foreign sources. These incidents have sent a chill through the purveyors of social media.

Sinclair Broadcast group has come under fire for a video that’s gone viral regarding their grasp on the content of local television news. Corporate ownership and muting of local voices has become a concern voiced by news organizations across the land.  Recently the Syracuse Press Club issued a statement concerned about what’s happening in local television news. Syracuse Press Club Issues Statement on Sinclair Broadcasting Group

That’s why it’s become increasingly important for small media outlets, independent content providers continue to bring people news and information. Local news highlights what emanates from their local areas accented by feet on the ground reporting.  Local news outlets owned by corporate entities have never been cobbled into what can be seen as the nationalization of the local news. These Sinclair owned stations air packages specifically designed to promote a corporate view as opposed to a local station reflecting what’s going on locally, from the ground up, not the reverse.

These are trying times, as the newly empowered, alt-right cast dispersions on the very craft of presenting the news. We hear bleating cries of “Fake News “until it marinates the brains of so-many followers. Led by the president of the United States, it’s even more important today for people to select their news as carefully as they select their food.

The aforementioned finalists/winners are providing local news and information, not normally covered by our local news entities. The recognition by outside judges is an affirmation of the need to, “Tell our stories”.  It has long been said that, “History belongs to those who write it. “