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Downtown Express won two awards last weekend at the New York Press Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Competing against newspapers of all circulations, the Express’ obituaries earned a third place award.
“Told in a way that lets readers know who the deceased were, almost bringing them back to life,” one judge from the Pennsylvania Press Association wrote.
The paper’s entry included different writings about Liz Berger, the former president of the Downtown Alliance, who died of cancer last August: an obituary by Terese Loeb Kreuzer, a personal essay written by Berger’s close friend, Madelyn Wils, president of the Hudson River Park Trust, an editorial tribute by Josh Rogers, the Express editor, and online comments posted by readers.
The submission also included an obituary by Kaitlyn Meade on Geraldine Lipschutz, who was a Southbridge Towers senior citizen active in the fight against privatization, and an essay by Wickham Boyle on James Gandolfini, “The Sporanos” actor who lived in Tribeca.
Photographer Milo Hess earned an honorable mention in the largest circulation division for his feature photograph of a man near Pier 25, published in the July 31 edition of Downtown Express
“Great discovery of a moment in time, alignment and composition, with the bonus of monochromatic color — make watching someone flying a kite fun,” one judge wrote.
Hess also won two awards for The Villager, a sister publication of Downtown Express.
NYC Community Media, which also publishes Gay City News and Chelsea Now in addition to Downtown Express and The Villager, finished fifth in the state in total contest points.