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NCPR Takes Top Honors in the NYS Associated Press Broadcasters Award Competition
Canton, NY, Monday, June 09, 2008North Country Public Radio took top honors in the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Competition announced June 7th. NCPR was honored with eight first-place awards, two special mentions, plus The Steve Flanders Grand Prize, given to one radio station that exemplifies the best traditions of journalistic initiative and dedication in providing a complete news service to the listening public. North Country Public Radio was chosen for the APs Grand Prize over all radio stations in New York, regardless of commercial or public status or market size.
The eight first-place awards include:
- First place awards for best regularly-scheduled local news program: All Before Five (5/23/07 and 10/25/07)Jonathan Brown
Judges' comments: Jonathan Brown does a very good newscast. Good writing, very smooth delivery and laid back jazzy weather theme. Very listenable.
- Best news special/documentary: The Endless Cycle of MigrationDavid Sommerstein
Judges' comments: Well done aspect of how migrants long to be home, the impact of immigration on Mexican towns-the freedom of being in Mexico-the importance of family-new to most reporting on the subject. Clear presentation of a personal take on a complex issue. The story made the listener care about the people affected.
- Best news series: Farm to Farm, Family to FamilyDavid Sommerstein
Judges' comments: Good use of sound; pertinent topic with interesting local angle. Overall easy to listen to, informative and very interesting.
- Best continuing news coverageImmigration Issues in the North CountryNCPR News Department
Judges' comments: Nice balance to a difficult/controversial issue. Well crafted and professional. Lets the people affected on either side of the issue tell the story. Nice mix of interviews, nice use of music, natural sounds. Overall, wonderful stories and storytelling! Production level of a National broadcast story. Public radio reporting at its best!
- Best enterprise reporting: Farm to Farm, Family to FamilyDavid Sommerstein
Judges' comments: Production excellence, reporter has an expert hand at story craft, enthusiastic, creative, and relevant. Good enterprise story. Experts don't prop up story, it's told through the words of ordinary people.
- Best feature: A Tale of Two Zamboni DriversDavid Sommerstein
Judges' comments: Great feature piece-great use of sound!
- Best sports coverage: A Tale of Two Zamboni DriversDavid Sommerstein
Judges' comments: Fun piece, well written and executed. Excellent contrast. Loved the organ, the music and the natural sound. Well done!
The two special mention awards include:
We are proud of this recognition for the work done by our news team, said station manager Ellen Rocco. However, I am not surprised. The people on our news team are among the most talented, dedicated and serious journalists of any in the public radio systemindeed, of any in the entire news industry.
For more information, and a complete archive of the NCPR's award-winning stories visit the news team page.