Post-Gazette wins 17 awards in state contest

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won 17 awards in the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's prestigious Keystone Awards contest, which honors outstanding journalism at newspapers across the state.

The PG took seven first-place awards, including one for investigative reporting, seven second places and two honorable mentions. One of its videographers was recognized in a best-of-show specialty category for a portfolio of his work.

The Post-Gazette competes against the state's largest-circulation newspapers in the contest and came in second in total points behind the Philadelphia Daily News, which won seven firsts, seven seconds and four honorable mentions. The Philadelphia Inquirer, with four firsts, four seconds and two honorable mentions, finished third in total points in the large-circulation category. The awards will be presented at a banquet in State College on May 31.

PG's first-place finishers

■ Investigative Reporting: Joe Smydo (writer), Julia Rendleman (photographer), James Hilston (graphics) and Andrew Rush (video) for "After Mayview: A System Under Siege" (five-part series, started Sept. 22, 2013).

■ Sports Story: Mark Dent, "Joe Paterno: One Year Later" (Jan. 22, 2013).

■ News Feature Story: Don Hopey, "By Not Being Linked, Gas Facilities Avoid High Pollution Designation" (Oct. 3, 2013).

■ Photo Story: Julia Rendleman, "The Worlds of Autism" (four-part series starting Oct. 6, 2013).

■ Page Design: Katy Buchanan, portfolio of work ("Design of the Times," "Space with Style;" "Morningside Modern").

■ Graphic/Photo Illustration: Ben Howard, "132 Years of Pittsburgh Baseball."

■ Video Story: Andrew Rush and Mila Sanina, "Living Without Arms" (Sept. 20, 2013).

Second-place finishers

■ Column: Dan Simpson, portfolio of columns ("Losing Our Grip," "America's To-do List," "Talk Beats War").

■ Ongoing News Coverage: Jonathan Silver, Liz Navratil and Rich Lord, six stories chronicling the probe, resignation and indictment of Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper.

■ Business or Consumer Story: Mark Belko, "Why Did It Fail?" -- package of stories on produce terminals in Pittsburgh and elsewhere (Sept. 8, 2013).

■ Photo Story: Michael Henninger, "Defense of Marriage Act Declared Unconstitutional."

■ Front Page Design: Anthony Conroy, portfolio of work ("High Price of Glory," "New Directions," "Gettysburg 150th").

■ Page Design: Diane Juravich, portfolio of work ("Rivers of Pittsburgh," "Veteran's Farewell," "Portraits of Love").

■ Video Story: Michael Henninger, "The Pennsylvanian" -- for story about possible end of Amtrak route between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (Feb. 17, 2013).

Honorable Mention

■ Editorial: Reg Henry, portfolio of work ("Creative injustice," "Coal barons," "The rich get richer")

■ Ongoing News Coverage: Liz Navratil and Jonathan Silver, six stories on news and issues surrounding the murder of Ka'Sandra Wade.

Specialty Category

■ Calkins Media Distinguished Video Award: Andrew Rush, portfolio of work ("Living Without Arms," "Drilling Brings Changes, Instant Wealth to Eastern Ohio Amish," "Bridges of the Allegheny").

Here's a link to complete results: awardkeystonepress/ keystoneprofessional

In addition, PG newsroom staffers have received a number of other recognitions recently. They include:

■ In the international Society of News Design contest, Post-Gazette illustrator/designer Daniel Marsula won four Awards of Excellence, designer Ben Howard won two and photographer Peter Diana took home one award. The competition is hosted by the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University and this year drew more than 9,000 entries.

■ The Sports department received honorable mention in Daily and Sunday Sports sections categories of the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

■ Coverage of the Ka'Sandra Wade murder case by Jonathan Silver and Liz Navratil and of issues involving both Pittsburgh's ex-police chief and its ex-mayor by Jonathan Silver, Liz Navratil, Rich Lord and Moriah Balingit earned a special letter of commendation from the judges of the national Al Nakkula Police Reporting Contest.

■ Reporter Don Hopey received the Sean Doherty Distinguished Communicator Award, given annually by the Duquesne University Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts, for his coverage of the energy industry and environment. The recipient of the award is chosen by a panel of communications professionals in the Pittsburgh region.

■ Reporter Michael Fuoco and photographer/videographer Rebecca Droke will be recognized by Mental Health America of Westmoreland County at a dinner on May 8 for their project "After Suicide" (May 5, 2013).

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