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CRIM wins statewide honors for journalism, advertising


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Capital Region Independent Media was honored for its journalism and advertising at this year’s NYPA awards ceremony. Contributed photo

Capital Region Independent Media, which publishes this newspaper, received numerous statewide honors for its journalism and advertising.

Each year, the New York Press Association, a member organization of 800 newspapers from all over the state, holds a spring convention and awards ceremony to recognize the work of newspapers, from journalists to advertising executives to graphic designers.

Newspapers submit entries into the annual Better Newspaper Contest, which is judged by publications in other states, and prizes are awarded at the convention.

Capital Region Independent Media and its subsidiary, NYVT Media, received several awards for its work in 2023.

“I’m extremely proud of our team and having others recognize the hard work and efforts of our staff makes to produce high-quality content in our markets is appreciated,” said President Mark Vinciguerra.

Reporter Doug LaRocque was awarded Honorable Mention for Best News or Feature Series, and Deborah Lans won Honorable Mention for Investigative/In-Depth Reporting. Photographer David Lee received Second Place for Spot News Photos.

Honorable Mention for Innovative Advertising Project went to the advertising team of Julie Fedler, Jane Cosey, Casey Albert, Deb Brousseau and Renae McKittrick.

Publisher and Vice President Warren Dews Jr. said it was gratifying to see the work of the staff honored.

“It’s a testament to the dedication and talent of our team members, and I feel grateful to be a part of such a dynamic and passionate group,” Dews said. “This award motivates us to continue striving for excellence in our work and to push ourselves to new heights. Thank you to the New York Press Association for this honor, and to our team for their unwavering commitment to producing high-quality journalism.”

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