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      New York State Newspapers Awarded

      Newspapers in Geneva, Utica, Albany and Rochester were honored Oct. 2 as Newspapers of Distinction by the New York State Associated Press Association. Also announced at the NYSAPA Annual Meeting were winners of other top categories, including the Young Journalist of the Year.

      The Finger Lakes Times of Geneva, The Observer Dispatch of Utica, Albany Times Union, and Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester were judged the best newspapers in their respective circulation categories. The entire news product, print and digital, was judged in this competition.

      The NYSAPA is one of the oldest and most competitive journalistic competitions for daily newspapers in the state. Out-of-state journalists are the judges. Others honored by the NYSAPA are: - MIKE HENDRICKS YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD Charlie Specht, until recently with The Buffalo News, won the award named for the former Associated Press news editor in Albany and given to a journalist with up to three years' experience. - BERNARD J. KOLENBERG AWARD Todd Maisel of the New York Daily News won the Bernard J. Kolenberg Award for best in show for a photo of a firefighter at work during Superstorm Sandy. The award is named for an Albany Times-Union photographer killed in a plane crash in Vietnam while he was covering the war for The Associated Press. - BRUCE CROMIE AWARD Robert Kirkham of The Buffalo News won the Bruce Cromie Award for contributing the best of the state AP's "Photo of the Month" award winners. He captured an image of a motorist braking to stop as a buck leaps across a road. The award is named for an Albany photographer killed in an auto accident while on assignment for a member newspaper. - AP STAFFERS OF THE YEAR Multimedia reporter Michael Hill in the Albany bureau and investigative reporter David B. Caruso in the New York City bureau were named AP Staffers of the Year.