Enterprise wins 6 journalism awards

ALBANY – The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has won six journalism awards in such topics as investigative reporting, community service and photography for 2011-12.

The New York News Publishers Association, which represents the state’s daily newspapers, presented the prizes at its annual awards dinner Wednesday night at the State Room restaurant in Albany.

The Enterprise competed against other small newspapers in the under-10,000 circulation class. The Enterprise’s daily circulation is about 4,600 printed copies, plus online readers. The award period was from October 2011 through September 2012. All awards are first place.

Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight and North Country Public Radio Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann won the Investigative Reporting award for “Trudeau at the tipping point,” a series of articles that exposed how leaders of Trudeau Institute, a longstanding biomedical research center in Saranac Lake, had secretly tried to relocate the facility to a different location. The articles also exposed Trudeau’s vulnerable financial and professional position at the time – which has since strengthened.

Knight and Managing Editor Peter Crowley were named for the Community Service award for a series of in-depth articles by Knight and an editorial by Crowley that explored how widespread and serious the local prescription drug abuse problem is. Knight also reported what local medical facilities are doing to curb it, and the editorial suggested that the problem is rooted in a national pattern of over-prescription that would be difficult, but possible, to change.

Outdoors Writer Mike Lynch, Staff Writer Chris Morris and Knight shared the State Government Coverage award for their breaking and in-depth articles on the state announcing it would buy from The Nature Conservancy 69,000 acres of Adirondack land, longtime holdings of the Finch, Pruyn and Co. forestry company.

Staff Writer Jessica Collier won the News Photography award for a picture of a fatal auto collision scene in the town of Brighton.

Lynch won the Feature Photography award for a picture of women in pink tutus crawling through a muddy obstacle course in the Tupperpalooza Warrior Run.

Outdoors columnist Joe Hackett won the prize for Specialty Supplement Feature Writing for a column titled “Mystery of the monument in a marsh,” published in Embark, the Enterprise’s outdoor-recreation magazine.

The NYNPA contest is one of two the Enterprise usually enters. The other is for the New York Associated Press Association, in which the Enterprise won six awards, one for first place, for 2011-12 in the under-20,000-circulation class.

“We are proud of the hard work our dedicated journalists do every day,” Enterprise Publisher Catherine Moore commented. “It is even more exciting that their work reaches readers online farther than the Tri-Lakes region. This confirms our local news coverage is the best in the Adirondack Park.”