CDT wins 5 top honors in state contest

From CDT staff reportsApril 4, 2014 

The Centre Daily Times picked up five first-place awards in the 2014 Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors annual writing and photo contest. The results were announced Friday.

CDT reporter Chris Rosenblum garnered a pair of first-place awards, for editorial writing and for enterprise reporting. His winning editorial focused on gun issues and a speech by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson with the headline “Thompson’s shot from the hip misses the mark.”

Rosenblum and photographer Chris Weddle were honored for their collaboration on the package “Fight of his life,” which charted Pine Grove Mills native Adam Hartswick’s experiences after losing both legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Weddle added his photo story award to Rosenblum’s selection for enterprise reporting.

Penn State football beat writer Travis Johnson won first place in the sports feature reporting category for his story “A bird’s-eye view of the game,” which took readers behind the scenes with the Nittany Lions’ game and practice film crew.

The CDT staff took the top spot in in the spot news reporting category for “Fundamentally flawed: Paterno family report challenges Freeh’s findings, methodology.” The effort was led by reporter Mike Dawson. The full text of the February 2013 report was included in the coverage.

“What’s exciting is that the awards showcase the many talents of the journalists at the Centre Daily Times,” CDT Publisher Debra Leithauser said. “It’s wonderful to have strong reporting, creative writing and excellent photography all be recognized.”

Winners from across the state will be honored at PAPME’s annual convention May 30 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. “Best of Show” winners in news and photo categories across all circulation divisions will be announced at the banquet.

The entries were judged by editors at AP member newspapers in New York.

The CDT’s entries were judged among those of newspapers with daily average print circulations between 15,000 and 30,000.

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