Sun-Gazette staff receive 9 journalism awards at weekend conference

The editorial staff of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette brought home nine journalism awards from the Pennsylvania Press Conference over the weekend at Gettysburg.

On Friday night, Sun-Gazette staff received four Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors awards.

Chris Masse was awarded first place in the Best Sports Column category, while Tim Wertz was awarded first place for Best Illustration or Graphic, “Big League Visit.”

The news staff received a second-place award under Best Special Section for the 2017 Election Guide, and Mark Nance received second place for Best Sports Photo, “Japan Beats Texas.”

On Saturday night, Sun-Gazette staff received five Keystone Press awards.

Masse received first place in the Personality Profile category for his Person of the Year story honoring the selfless acts of Callie Cavanaugh and Jenn Gray.

Also receiving first place was Mitch Rupert in the Sports Story category for “A Long Comeback.”

Wertz was awarded second place for Graphic/Photo Illustration, scoring a second win for “Big League Visit.”

Honorable mentions went to Nance, Sports Photo, for “Extra Effort” and Wertz, Front Page Design, for a portfolio of page designs.

“We have a dedicated, hard-working staff who put forth their best effort every day to develop strong content that our readers will not find anywhere else. Not only are they dedicated, they are talented and use those talents for the betterment of the community around them,” said Editor L. Lee Janssen. “I look forward to coming in every day to work alongside them in the production of a strong community newspaper.”

“I am proud of the staff for the quality effort they give every day,” said Publisher Bernard A. Oravec. “We pride ourselves on being the community’s main source for news, sports and community information and the awards are just one indicator of how hard the editorial staff works to meet the newspaper’s mission.”

The Sun-Gazette competes in the category for newspapers with circulations between 15,000 and 30,000.