The Sun-Gazette editorial staff won 11 awards at the Pennsylvania Press Conference this weekend.
The conference is the annual gathering of all Pennsylvania newspapers at which awards are presented in two competitions involving thousands of entries - the Keystone Press Awards and the Associated Press Managing Editors awards. The Sun-Gazette competes in the division of newspapers with circulations of 20,000 to 30,000.
On Friday, staffers won three awards from the prestigious APME competition.
Sun-Gazette photographers dominated the Feature Photo category. Mark Nance received first place for his photo, "Tragedy to Triumph," while Craig McKibben Jr. received second place for "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."
The news staff took home a second-place award for Enterprise Reporting for the series, "Lee, One Year Later," that ran over five days in line with the one-year anniversary of the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee.
"Our reporters and photographers revisited the places in Lycoming County that were the hardest hit by Lee to measure progress in the massive rebuilding that this storm necessitated," said News Editor L. Lee Janssen. "While much progress was made in the year after the storm, it was evident that much work remained to be done."
On Saturday night, the Sun-Gazette staff won eight Keystone awards.
Graphic artist Tim Wertz earned a first-place award for his entry "What the city's music scene needs."
Staff writer Jessica Welshans won first place in outdoors feature beat reporting and second in travel feature beat reporting.
Sports reporter Mitch Rupert earned first place for his sports columns "New format took away from finals," "Hockey in city may face pitfalls" and "Being a coach has unwanted problems."
Editor David F. Troisi won second for his editorial "Unsustainable costs put city on the edge of financial crisis."
Nance's "Tragedy to Triumph" feature photo also took a second-place Keystone award.
Sports reporter Chris Masse won second in sports beat reporting for his Little League Baseball World Series coverage and the Sun-Gazette sports staff claimed a second in sports event coverage for its Little League Extra daily special section.
"I am very proud of the work our editorial staff creates everyday," said Sun-Gazette Publisher Bernard A. Oravec. "These awards are nice recognition of those efforts from our peers."
"Eleven awards is by far the most we have ever received in these two competitions, which are extremely tough," Troisi said. "Our staff works very hard on every part of every edition every day, so getting some of that recognized is heartening."