Thursday, May 2, 2024

Explorer’s reporting recognized by New York Press Association

Man points to whiskey fungus on a house

Adirondack Explorer secured seven awards from the New York Press Association this past weekend.

Judges considered work produced in 2023 by media publications statewide, submitted to the association’s Better Newspaper Awards. Explorer staff took home four first-place, one second-place and two third-place honors for the organization’s print and digital platforms.

Zachary Matson received first place for Environmental Reporting for his coverage of the harmful impact of road salt in the Adirondacks. Gwendolyn Craig was awarded first place for News Story for her coverage of the unusual emergence of whiskey fungus in Mineville.

Explorer contributor Tim Rowland secured first place for Solutions Reporting for his work on the “Taking Stock of Housing” series. This six-month series featured a mix of articles, photos, videos, a short-term newsletter and an event at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Publisher Tracy Ormsbee achieved recognition for her editorial writing, winning first place for criticism about road salt usage, state spending priorities and land management performance.

The judges awarded a second place for Online Breaking News for the Explorer staff’s flood coverage from last summer, third place for Best Newsletter for Matson’s weekly “Water Line” and third place for Overall Magazine Excellence for the bimonthly publication.

Photo at top: Greg Furness using a laser pointer showing black fungus on his house in Moriah that he says has only developed in the last 18 months. He has lived in this house since the mid 1980s, three-quarters of a mile from where the WhistlePig Whiskey facility is now located and expanding. Photo by Eric Teed

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