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Democrat wins nine NY Press awards

Posted 5/3/22

SARATOGA SPRINGS –– Nineteen New York State Press awards in the past two years.

That impressive number comes after the Sullivan County Democrat garnered nine new awards – …

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Democrat wins nine NY Press awards


SARATOGA SPRINGS –– Nineteen New York State Press awards in the past two years.

That impressive number comes after the Sullivan County Democrat garnered nine new awards – including being named the second best newspaper in New York State – at last weekend’s Annual New York Press Assn. Convention in Saratoga Springs.

“This was another remarkable year for our staff and our company,” Democrat Publisher Fred Stabbert III said. “Not only did our writers, graphic artists and photographers take home individual awards, but our staff took second place in the Past President’s Award for General Excellence.”

That award is the highest recognition a newspaper can earn and is based upon the newspaper’s overall appearance, advertising, editorial, use of color, writing quality and design. The Democrat was competing in the highest circulation category in the state.

The judges said the paper is, “Bold, colorful, well laid out and easy to read.” First and third place winners were from New York City.

Four members of the Democrat staff attended the Spring Conference and Trade Show at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs.

They were Managing Editor Joseph Abraham, Editor Matthew Shortall, Advertising Director Liz Tucker and Sports Editor Anthony Morgano.

Other Awards

• The Democrat took first place in the Best Multi-Advertiser Pages category for their October 2021 Breast Cancer Salute. Judges said, “Think pink! Well done – great public service advertising, great design, layout, photography –the total package.”

• Managing Editor Joseph Abraham won first place in the Coverage of Local Government Division 2 category, for his reporting of Sullivan County Legislature. Judges said, “By far one of the best entries. Pictures help tell the story to the reader. Also, the length of the story is pleasantly broken up by using subheadings. The style used on the front page continues to the jump page.”

• Abraham also took second place in the Art Photo Division 2 category. It was for a photo he took during the Liberty Central School District’s Class of 2021 graduation ceremony, which judges called, “a great capture of a rite of passage.”

• Editor Matt Shortall was the second place winner in the Spot News Coverage Division 3 category for his coverage of a missing boater in White Lake in May 2021. Judges said, “This spot news piece is a premier example of how local journalism should be done - tight writing and the facts clearly laid out. Pieces like this are what make local newspapers so valuable.”

• Production Manager Petra Duffy was the third place recipient in the Best Small Space Ad Division 2 category, with judges saying, “The torn edge of the heading creates interest. Very nice ad!”

• The Democrat also took second in the Special Sections/Niche Publications- Newsprint Division 1 category for their Sullivan Renaissance publication.

• Former Democrat graphic artist Katey Dnistrian earned honorable mentions in the Division 2 Best Large Space Ad and Best Small Space Ad categories respectively.


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