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Spotlight takes seven prizes at statewide contest

"Jim's award is a perfect example of how our print product can be complemented by our online work and vice versa," Keene said. "The Porco trial is an example of what we can accomplish when we put all our resources behind something."

McIntyre praised Cuozzo's reporting.

"Jim's very involved in the community," he said. "He's active in gathering news, and it's wonderful to see him recognized."

Editorial paginator Brady Chapman upped his number of first-place wins over last year, when he took home one first-place prize. This year, his illustration of the front-page stories "Dangerous Gamble" and "Take a Hike" earned him two first prize spots in the graphic illustration category.

Of "Dangerous Gamble," judges called Chapman's work "great use of digitally manipulating a photograph of a spray can placed on a roulette wheel with danger symbols superimposed in slots."

Judges said they felt like taking a hike when they looked at Chapman's photo illustrations of the story about local hiking spots.

"I'm pleased," Chapman said. "I was happy with the work I submitted to the contest."

Chapman said the headline of a story usually dictates the artistic direction he takes.

"I like problem-solving and coming up with imagery," he said. In an increasingly visual world, he said, good artwork assists in drawing the reader into a story.

"When we made the decision to go with front-page packages about two years ago, I wasn't sure how it would go," McIntyre said. "It's great to put pictures with words, and Brady has made the pages come alive."

Sports Editor Rob Jonas also won second place for his sports feature story about the Super Bowl " told from the vantage point of the Tailgate Tavern in Guilderland.

"Rob does great work," McIntyre said. "Whether it's the championship game or previews of a modified game, he's in tune with the event, and just as excited. Rob loves sports, and especially community sports. It shows in his writing and photos."

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