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October 5, 2013

Press-Republican earns AP honors

SYRACUSE — The Press-Republican took home awards for editorials and online reporting in the Associated Press Writing Competition.

Editor Lois Clermont earned first place in Editorial Writing. She won the statewide honor on the basis of three editorials:

• “City action on test unethical,” which appeared April 21, 2013, and criticized City of Plattsburgh manipulation of testing criteria for fire chief to exclude local candidates.

▶ “Give restaurants this advantage,” April 25, 2013, which decried Common Council hesitation on allowing downtown restaurants to have outdoor seating.

▶ “Leave religion out of discussions,” May 10, 2013, which took an Essex County supervisor to task for suggesting that bars be forced to close on Christmas Eve and Good Friday.

Judges said that while all the entries in the Editorial Writing category pointed out problems, the winning editorials were written with clarity and presented solutions. 

Clermont was also honored in 2011 and 2012 for editorial writing.

The Press-Republican took home third-place honors in Online Reporting for Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Photographer Kelli Catana’s “Police work can be unpredictable,” which appeared at on April 28, 2013.

The story and video followed Plattsburgh City Police as they performed traffic stops and explained their duties during two ride-along sessions with Press-Republican staff.

Catana received a past award for multi-media presentations, with both awards reflecting the Press-Republican’s emphasis on high-quality online reporting.

Clermont was at the annual Associated Press banquet in Syracuse on Wednesday night to receive the awards.

View the winning entries online with this article at




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