SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Adirondack Daily Enterprise news staff took home six writing awards from the New York State Associated Press Association Wednesday at a conference at the Holiday Inn here.
The awards - one first place, three second and two third - were in the under-20,000-circulation class, which put the roughly 4,000-circulation Enterprise up against much bigger papers.
Mike Lynch won first place in the Beat Reporting category, an honor he's won in the past, for his wide-ranging coverage of outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks.
Lynch also took second place in the Features category for "Survivor recounts night on Marcy," an article based on an interview Lynch did in a local hospital with a man who had become separated from his hiking group in winter and spent the night in deep snow on the summit of Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak.
A second-place honor in the Spot News Reporting category went to Chris Knight, Nathan Brown, Lynch, Martha Allen and Jessica Collier for their immediate coverage of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene and the massive damage it caused in the Adirondack towns of Keene, Jay and North Elba.
Another second-place award went to Collier and Chris Morris in the Business/Finance category, for the "Hard Times for Hard Copies?" series that explored the local business impact of the rise of digital books, music, movie rentals and newspapers.
In the Continuing Coverage category, the Enterprise staff took third place for its "After Irene" coverage in the long wake of Tropical Storm Irene.
Finally, Collier's Big Deal @ Big Tupper, a blog devoted to the ongoing Adirondack Club and Resort proposal for Tupper Lake, took third place in the Blogging category.
This is one of two statewide contests the Enterprise enters every year. This spring, the paper's news staff collected nine awards, all first place, in the New York News Publishers Association's 2010-11 contest. The Enterprise competes in the under-10,000-circulation class in that one.
"To have such a great caliber of writers who have won, this year alone, a total of 15 awards is astounding," Enterprise Publisher Catherine Moore said. "It shows their commitment and dedication to do the best they can and never settle for it being just good enough. Having great journalists is even more important with today's information overload, to give us the truth and facts of the news we need to know on a daily basis."