SCHENECTADY — The Inland Press Association announced three awards for The Daily Gazette on Tuesday at its 133rd annual meeting in Chicago.
The Daily Gazette was lauded for its website, editorial writing and local news writing. The awards were:
- Digital Journalism, General Excellence, first place, less than 50,000 circulation;
- Editorial Excellence, 10,000 to 49,999 circulation, third place, Mark Mahoney;
- Local News Writing, Personality/Profile, 10,000-49,999 circulation, first place, for “A Masochist's Dream Vacation on the Appalachian Trail,” by Cady Kuzmich.
“It’s gratifying to be honored with these awards,” said Daily Gazette Editor Miles Reed. “Day in and day out, our writers, photographers and editors work hard to tell the stories of our community. In the daily grind, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of why we’re doing what we’re doing. These kinds of awards serve as a welcome recognition of the team’s work.”
Reed noted that Mahoney, the paper’s editorial page editor since 2014, received a second-place Inland award in 2017. He also earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his editorial writing on government secrecy while working for The Post-Star in Glens Falls.
“Mark Mahoney is one of the best editorial writers on the job in America today. We’re blessed to have him on our staff," Reed said.
Kuzmich left The Daily Gazette in early 2017 to pursue her dream of hiking the famous Appalachian Trail from end to end. After completing the trek, and writing her account of it, she relocated to Alaska, where she now works as a kayak guide and an advocate for AWARE, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies.
“Cady’s a wonderful storyteller who doesn’t conform to any kind of mold,” Reed said. “She sees the world from a perspective that’s truly unique to her, and her writing reflects this.”
About The Daily Gazette’s digital journalism, the judges said: “The paper did an excellent job covering breaking news with a mix of on-the-ground reporting, stark photographs and mix of social media. The clean design and layout makes it easy to read.”