OBSERVER wins two New York News Publishers Association awards

OBSERVER Photo by Craig Harvey Jeremy Izzio and Rebecca both won a writing award from the New York News Publishers Association. Izzio won his award in sports, while Cuthbert won her award in news beat reporting.

The OBSERVER has been awarded two first-place awards by the New York News Publishers Association for entries submitted in the 2017 contest for Newspaper Continuing Excellence for newspapers under 10,000 circulation. This is the first time the OBSERVER has won multiple writing awards from the Publishers Association contest.

Winning awards this year were Jeremy Izzio and Rebecca Cuthbert.

Izzio, a former OBSERVER’s sports writer, won “Distinguished Sports Writing Award of Excellence.” He wrote a three-part series on the new pitch count rule for varsity baseball and the impact the rule would have on local sports. The rule was put in place by the NYSPHSAA, the governing body of public high school sports in New York.

Cuthbert, a former OBSERVER news reporter, won “Distinguished Beat Reporting” for her series on historic structures, entitled “Building Blocks.” She had written about the Silver Creek Geitner Theatre (which is now The Backline), the Adams Art Gallery, and the Sheridan Grange building.

This is the second time Cuthbert won a Publisher Association Award. Last year she won the Distinguished Headline Writing category.

Along with Cuthbert’s headline writing, last year the OBSERVER won two other Publisher Association awards — one in writing and one in page design.

Earlier this year the OBSERVER won three Associated Press Awards. Since 2000, the OBSERVER has won 10 Publisher Association awards and 15 Associated Press Awards.


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