Four journalists at the Daily Gazette were recognized for their work in the New York State Associated Press Association’s 2015 contest, which highlighted Gazette reporting, photography and column-writing completed last year.
Finalists were announced earlier in May, while first-, second- and third-place winners were announced at a banquet in Saratoga Springs on Saturday night.
Twenty-six newspapers in New York submitted 615 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and investigative stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2015. The contest was also open to submissions from TV and radio stations.
The AP said in their contest notes that entries were judged by key editors and staff from AP member newspapers, radio and television stations in Pennsylvania.
Sports reporter Mike MacAdam won first place in the Best Sports Column category for his writing about local and national sports, from the annual Stockade-athon in Schenectady to last year’s horse racing phenom American Pharoah.
Executive sports editor Mark McGuire also picked up second place in the Best Sports Column category for his portrayal of local and national sports, from UAlbany basketball to Tom Brady and Deflategate.
Schenectady City Hall reporter Haley Viccaro won second place in the Best Spot News Coverage category for a series of articles she wrote about the impact the deadly Jay Street fire from March of 2015 had on the community.
Photojournalist Peter R. Barber picked up a trio of awards. He captured first place in the Best Sports Photo category for his picture “We won?”, which showed the moment Niskayuna won the state soccer championship. Barber also picked up third place in the Best Feature Photo category for his photo titled “In the air tonight” of the New York City Ballet at SPAC. Lastly he won second place in the Best Photo Story category for a series of images that captured the Jay Street fire last March and its aftermath.