ALBANY — The Instances Union gained 10 first-place awards, together with the highest honor of Newspaper of Distinction in its circulation class, within the 2022 Newspaper Awards carried out by the Journalists Affiliation of New York, the successor group to the state Related Press Affiliation.

The Newspaper of Distinction award is judged on the submission of editions for 3 days over the course of the calendar yr. The three reviewed by judges included investigative work equivalent to Brendan J. Lyons’ months-long examination of a possible structural flaw on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Rachel Silberstein’s protection of COVID-19 on campus, and Eduardo Medina and Massarah Mikati’s “A Metropolis Divided,” a deep have a look at the influence of redlining on Albany. These editions additionally included particular sections dedicated to Black Historical past Month and the one-year anniversary of the arrival of coronavirus within the Capital Area.

The Instances Union has been honored with the Newspaper of Distinction honor quite a few instances in earlier years when the competitors was run by the Related Press Affiliation — most not too long ago for its work in 2016.

The paper’s first-place wins, introduced Saturday night time in Saratoga Springs, ranged from headline writing and pictures to arts protection and the web site, which gained for greatest digital presence.

Lyons, the Instances Union’s Capitol Bureau chief and managing editor for investigations, gained a First Modification award for 2021 work that included his protection of the scandals that introduced down Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Senior Editor for Opinion Jay Jochnowitz gained within the editorial writing class, together with his colleague Akum Norder taking second place.

C.J. Lais gained the humanities and leisure class for his story on the area serving as a location for HBO’s “The Gilded Age” and different productions.

Multimedia producer Jessica Marshall took the highest podcast prize for her weekly work on “The Eagle.”

The photograph employees took house quite a few honors: Lori Van Buren gained high awards in two classes, options and sports activities photograph; she was additionally the runner-up in sports activities photograph. The Instances Union’s employees, overseen by photograph editor Will Waldron, gained first place in photograph story or on-line gallery for its work on the Albany Police Division’s rousting of a protesters’ encampment outdoors South Station in April 2021 — an incident that earned the employees a second-place award for spot information protection. Waldron’s personal photographs of photo voltaic eclipse viewing took second place within the photograph story or on-line gallery contest, and Paul Buckowski was runner-up within the characteristic photograph and spot information photograph classes.

Energetic print headline writing by editors Tim Blydenburgh (“A Message in No Bottles”) took the highest prize, with Gregory Dayton (“Mix of the Day: Incognito Grande”) taking second place. Dayton was the runner-up in information web page design as nicely.

Leigh Hornbeck’s profile of a Troy “boudoir photographer” took second place for greatest characteristic story whereas Joyce Bassett’s commentary on ladies’s athletics was runner-up within the sports activities column class.

“The vary of awards gained by the newsroom for its 2021 work — from writing and pictures to internet and print presentation in addition to our excellent weekly podcast — demonstrates the Instances Union’s wealthy expertise and dedication to journalism with influence and elegance,” editor in chief Casey Seiler mentioned.  

See the complete record of JANY awards for newspapers, radio and TV information in addition to school journalism.