The Daily Gazette won five awards, including three first-place nods, for journalistic excellence in the New York State Associated Press Association contest for 2013.
Awards highlighted the work of columnists, editors, photographers and reporters. The Gazette competed in the category of newspapers with a circulation between 15,000 and 45,000.
First-place honors in the spot news category went to photographer Peter Barber for a photograph of an SUV that drove into a TrustCo Bank in Rotterdam.
The cutline: “No deposit, no return.”
Reporter Kathleen Moore won first place in the business/finance category for a story about the challenges of redeveloping lower State Street in Schenectady.
That story, “Stemming the tide,” focused on the difficulties faced by business owners who are severely under-utilizing their property because they have so little business, as well as the plans of new developers who are betting the area will improve soon.
Sunday/Lifestyles Editor Margaret Hartley also won first place for her column, Greenpoint. She writes about nature, the environment, gardening and sustainable living.
Former Gazette copy editor Mindy Young won second place in the category of brightest headline.
Her headline: “Hold the pie, pass the plastic.” The story was about early-bird shoppers who raced through Thanksgiving dinner to make it to the stores by mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving. One of the shoppers had reluctantly skipped pie to get to the deals that used to be offered on Black Friday.
Sports reporter and columnist Mike MacAdam won a third-place award for his sports column, A Seat in the Bleachers. The columns describe his excitement at watching thrilling moments, as well as riffs on anything from wood pallets to the heat of an interview room.
Usually, AP awards are announced in August and cover a 12-month period from July to June. Last year, the association voted to switch to a calendar year, beginning with the awards announced Wednesday.