We got some really great news on Tuesday as the New York State Associated Press Association announced the finalists for their annual journalism awards.
We’ve got a pretty good track record with the state AP awards and this year was no exception.
Our 17 finalists were the most of any newspaper our size, and second only to Long Island Newsday for all newspapers in the state.
We’re proud of that and proud of the journalism we do each and every day, but here is why it should matter to you.
The journalism we do often exposes problems with our community that need to be addressed.
Consider that in the “Public Service” category, The Post-Star had both finalists in our circulation category. One was for Gwendolyn Craig’s ongoing coverage of environmental issues and the other for Don Lehman and Kathleen Moore for their work on understaffed nursing homes.
For “Enterprise Reporting.” Moore was a finalist for her stories on finding a drug rehab facility for those addicted.
Another important issue and we hope the stories we did helped shine a light on it. We hope those stories helped our readers understand the issue and maybe deal with their own problems.
Will Doolittle was a finalist for his editorials, a space where we regularly focus on community issues. Last year we wrote 245 local editorials. That is an enormous commitment to our local community.
Good editorials start a community conversation. We try to do that every day.
Here is another reason why doing good journalism is important. The Post-Star is often where young journalists get their start. We just heard from one of our former reporters this week about how she is moving on to the Chicago Tribune.
When we win awards, we are able to recruit other talented journalists to come here because they want to do good work. Not all newspapers have that commitment.
By doing good journalism that matters, our young reporters have the opportunity to win awards and improve their opportunities at working at journalism outlets in larger markets that provide even great opportunities.
Great journalism matters and we’re proud to bring it to you every day.