- Associated Press - Saturday, June 3, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Newspapers in Elmira, Glens Falls and Albany were honored Saturday night as Newspapers of Distinction by the New York State Associated Press Association. Broadcasters in Elmira, Buffalo and New York City were judged Outstanding News Operations.

Also announced at the NYSAPA annual banquet in Saratoga Springs were winners of other top categories for stories printed, broadcast or posted online in 2016, including Journalist of the Year and the First Amendment Award.

The (Elmira) Star-Gazette, The (Glens Falls) Post-Star and the (Albany) Times Union were judged the best newspapers in their respective circulation categories. The entire news product, print and digital, was judged in this competition.

WENY-TV in Elmira, WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, WNBC-TV in New York, WBFO-FM in Buffalo and WINS-AM in New York were named Outstanding News Operations.

The NYSAPA represents newspapers and broadcasters in the state that are members of The Associated Press. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Also honored by the NYSAPA were:

- MIKE HENDRICKS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

Tim Knauss of The Post-Standard in Syracuse won the award named for the former Associated Press news editor in Albany. The award recognizes the work and potential of a New York journalist.

- BRUCE CROMIE AWARD

Steve Jacobs of The Post-Star won the Bruce Cromie Award for contributing the best of the state AP’s “Photo of the Month” award winners. His photograph showed students exploring the inside of a hot air balloon. The award is named for an Albany photographer killed in an auto accident while on assignment for a member newspaper.

– FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD

The (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle won the First Amendment Award for newspapers, and Grace Rauh of NY1 News in New York was honored for broadcasters.

– PODCAST

Jordan Fenster of The (White Plains) Journal News was the winner in this new category focused on digital-first audio projects built with the online audience in mind. His entry, “30 Years Later: Mount Vernon’s Jane Doe Remains a Mystery,” was judged the best across all newspapers and broadcast stations.

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