Daily American receives Pennsylvania awards

The Daily American’s newsroom in Somerset, Pa., has received several state honors in journalism.

In the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editor’s  News Excellence Competition the Daily American received three awards.

The newspaper swept the Best News Use of Video category. In first place is the Daily American’s Friday Night Kickoff, a weekly high school football program. The program is anchored by Sunday Editor Bruce Siwy and sports writer Christina Dunmyer. City Editor Rick Kazmer offers his picks for the winning team each week. Sports writer Jeff Maurer writes the content each week and it is produced by assistant city editor Michelle Ganassi.

The Daily American’s DA Live, a monthly live interview program where viewers can submit questions during the stream, received second place. The November episode featuring the Somerset Lake Action Committee was named in the award. The program runs the third Thursday of each month and is produced by Michelle Ganassi.

Kazmer and Siwy were also recognized for the Best Sports/Outdoor column for their Daily American debate “Should there be antler limits for hunting deer,” which ran in the Daily American Nov. 5. Their debate column appears every Tuesday.

Ganassi and Siwy were also recognized by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Ganassi won first place in the Feature Writing category with the story “Dale Deem’s apple tree has something for everyone,” which appeared in the Daily American on May 11. Siwy received a second place in Business or Consumer story category with “Businesses impacted by lockout,” about the local impacts of the NHL lockout. The story ran in the Jan 13 Daily American. The honorees will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Press Conference banquets May 30-31 in State College.