For the second time in two weeks, the Post-Gazette has captured more awards than any large-circulation newspaper in Pennsylvania in a venerable statewide journalism contest. The PG won 16 awards -- eight first places and eight seconds -- in the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors' competition, more than twice as many as the nearest competitor.
A landmark series by Sean Hamill and Jonathan D. Silver on the real estate empire that nonprofit behemoth UPMC has built in the Pittsburgh region was the only entry to be cited by the judges in more than one area of excellence. It was recognized in three separate categories in the contest: Enterprise Reporting, Investigative Reporting and Public Service. In addition, Post-Gazette photographers won seven of 10 possible awards in the contest's five photography categories, and the PG took first place in both of the categories in the contest that honor excellence on the digital side of news operations.
Besides the Post-Gazette, other newspapers competing in the large-circulation category were: the Philadelphia Daily News, which won seven awards; The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News, which won six awards; The Philadelphia Inquirer, four awards; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (3); Lancaster Newspapers (1); and The (Allentown) Morning Call (1).
The PG won first place in the following categories:
Enterprise Reporting: Sean Hamill and Jonathan D. Silver, "UPMC: Forging a Giant Footprint"
Column: Reg Henry, "Rampant Gun Culture Aided by Cowardice"
Online Coverage of Breaking News: Staff award, "Shootings at Western Psych"
Blogging: Steve Mellon, Mila Sanina and Marylynne Pitz, "The Digs" Pittsburgh history blog
Feature Photo: Lake Fong, "Forms in Silhouette"
Photo Story: Julia Rendleman, "Fouled Waters at The Woodlands"
Personality Portrait: Rebecca Droke, "When Love Is Lost"
Sports Photo: Peter Diana, "One Victory at a Time"
Second-place winners are:
Business Writing: Len Boselovic, "Locked and Dammed: Waterways at Risk."
Public Service: Sean Hamill and Jonathan D. Silver, "UPMC: Forging a Giant Footprint"
Investigative Reporting: Sean Hamill and Jonathan D. Silver, "UPMC: Forging a Giant Footprint"
Spot News Reporting: Staff award, first-day print coverage of the shootings at Western Psych
General News Reporting: Staff award, ongoing print coverage in the days and weeks after the shootings at Western Psych
Photo Story: Julia Rendleman, "The Pride of Clairton"
Personality Portrait: Michael Henninger, "Democratic Convention Kicks Off in Charlotte"
Sports Photo: Lake Fong, "A Cloud of Color"
The awards will be presented at a banquet in Harrisburg on May 17. Two weeks ago, the Post-Gazette was named the Sweepstakes Winner in Division 1 of the Keystone Press Awards Contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. It won 23 awards across a range of print and online categories in that contest.
In other contest news, Post-Gazette garden writer and videographer Doug Oster won a first place -- or silver award of achievement -- in the annual Garden Writers of America contest for his popular "Digging with Doug" video series that is featured weekly on post-gazette.com. The series was competing in a category that included broadcast media and well-known national garden shows. Silver award winners in their respective categories are now candidates for the Garden Writers' highest honor -- the gold award -- which will be announced in Quebec City in August. This the second time "Digging with Doug" has been honored by the Garden Writers of America.