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Our Focus on Excessive Drinking initiative continues into its fourth month on Monday, and I want to salute every writer who has shared idea after idea.

It has been extraordinary, and we're making progress in the community with much work to be done.

Today, our drinking coverage received first place awards in the two statewide journalism contests.

In the Keystones, it won for ongoing news coverage. In the state APMEs, it won the prestigious public service award.

This is wonderful recognition but the most important thing is we can make a difference here.

The contests didn't take into account our 2010 weekly initiative, since the deadline was the end of 2009 for work. 

But we have momentum on our side in 2010, and it's all because of community and campus writers who are making it happen. 

Here's the full coverage to date.