DELMAR — It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Our staff embodies that drive to fight against our obstacles to provide an award-winning product to our readers each week.
Spotlight Newspapers started out as a four-page newsletter produced out of Tracy Walsh’s Delmar home in 1955. Over the years, it has evolved into three weekly newspapers and two monthly magazines distributed throughout the Capital District.
Despite the growth, our mission statement continues to preach the importance of hyperlocal news coverage within the communities we reach.
The Spotlight and Colonie Spotlight each provides award-winning, in-depth coverage of the news residents are talking about in our suburban communities.
In March, reporter Jim Franco earned recognition from the New York Press Association for providing what it had called an example of “what dogged determination can produce.” He earned awards from NYPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for his in-depth news coverage and for Best News Series.
Our papers were also recognized for impactful editorials and its overall design — notably for a comprehensive events calendar maintained by our copy editor Lianne Webster-Kim.
Reporter Diego Cagara, who joined our staff in July after graduating from the University at Albany, has provided informative features. His byline has appeared on articles covering anxiety in school children, traffic woes in town and trends in local criminal activity.
Since its launch in March 2016, The Spot 518 has had the auspicious distinction of earning accolades for its coverage of the arts each year.
We provide our readers the stories behind the Capital District’s robust arts and entertainment community. This includes profiles on the people shaping a music scene that has been compared with the best in the country.
In March, NYPA awarded reporter Katie Lembo and editor Michael Hallisey first place honors for their respective arts coverage.
All about you
We do our best to give everybody a chance to get in the newspaper.
Our photographers go out each week to capture the week’s big events, whether that be the big convert at The Palace, or the local high school football game. We take pictures of both the action and the faces in the crowd. And, if we miss you, we encourage you to tag us on social media.
And, you too
Parent Pages and Senior Spotlight monthly magazines also share stories focused on growing families and aging seniors. They are distributed free throughout the Capital District.