AAN members were well-represented when the winners of the association's 2007 Better Newspaper Contest were announced this weekend. Syracuse New Times took home a total of nine awards, including first-place finishes in Best Advertising Campaign, Best House Ad/Ad Campaign, Graphic Illustration, Sports Feature, and Sports Feature Photo. Metroland won a total of seven awards, and staff writer David King was named 2007 Writer of the Year. Judges called King "a powerful writer, a master storyteller, and a thorough researcher whose convincing style grabs the reader and holds on tight -- navigating difficult subject matter, taking us to places we've never been, enabling us to understand things we never could." The New York Press came away with six awards, including first-place finishes in Best Front Page and Feature Story. The Ithaca Times took home four awards.

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Chet Hardin's topics "are provocative, contemporary and often important," judges for the Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest say. "It is hard to distinguish his hard news stories from features, and that's a great compliment," they write. AAN members were well-represented in the rest of the contest as well. Metroland won one additional first-place and one third-place award; the Ithaca Times received one first-place and one second-place as well as three third-place awards; and Syracuse New Times took home four first-place and two second-place awards.

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Long-time Syracuse New Times wordsmith Walt Shepperd has earned his place on the Syracuse Press Club's Wall of Distinction. Although he recently took the editorial helm of City Eagle, a local weekly, Shepperd spent first 35 years at the alternative weekly, under the varied hats of columnist, writer and editor. He joins five other journalists with their names newly emblazoned in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, reports The Post-Standard.

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President Bush announced last week that he was appointing Karl Zinsmeister, editor of American Enterprise magazine, as the White House's new domestic policy adviser. Two days later, The New York Sun reported that Zinsmeister altered a 2004 profile of himself written by Justin Park for the Syracuse New Times and posted it on the American Enterprise Web site. Park's byline still appeared on the amended article, but several quotes from Zinsmeister had been softened, including one calling residents of Washington, D.C. "morally repugnant" and another criticizing the Bush Administration's conduct of the war in Iraq. In the Washington Post this morning, Zinsmeister admits he made the changes but claims he was merely correcting mistakes made by Park, even though he sent the New Times reporter a laudatory message after the profile was published. New Times Editor Molly English called Zinsmeister's conduct "reprehensible ... Once this is published, it's not his property. From that point in time, he can't just pick and choose," she told the Sun.

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The fifth alternative newsweekly founded in the U.S. began as the Orange Pennysaver in 1969 and took its present name the next year in recognition of the end of old established times and the birth of a new counterculture era. The paper risked being shut down in 1984 but was rescued when the current publisher, a Syracuse-area businessman named Art Zimmer, bought it in part as a vehicle to publish his skiing column. The paper celebrates its anniversary with an airy new design and an overview of the paper's history.

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