Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Drug series wins award
Amanda Gillooly, a blogger at Couch Potatoes, and Scott Beveridge, publisher of this blog, have won first place for enterprise news writing in the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest.
Their winning series, “Havoc on the Hill,” appeared in the Observer-Reporter over three Sundays in July. The articles chronicled the decline of a once-prospering neighborhood in Washington, Pa., after drug dealers from Detroit set up lucrative businesses in a string of crack houses. The stories explained how this drug trade thrived in a city with an under-funded police department, and left impoverished residents living in fear of gunfire. Click
here to read the series.
Gillooly and Beveridge will accept the award May 2 at the PAPME conference in State College.
The writers also are finalists for a Golden Quill Award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.
(Photo by: Christie Campbell)