The New York State Associated Press Association announced the finalists for its 2018 contest Tuesday, and The Citizen is well represented.
Competing in Division I, the newspaper's writers, editors and photographer are finalists for 12 awards:
• Online producer and political writer Robert Harding is nominated for Public Service for his 2018 campaign fact checks, as well as for Social Media Effort.
• Photographer Kevin Rivoli and former staff writer Gwendolyn Craig were nominated in the Spot News Coverage category for their work on the investigation into workers' living conditions at Melrose Farm in Owasco. The Citizen's coverage of that story is also nominated in the Enterprise Reporting category.
• Staff writer Megan Ehrhart is a finalist in the Investigative & Watchdog Reporting category for her coverage of the Weedsport Department of Public Works.
• Lake Life Editor David Wilcox is nominated for Enterprise Reporting for his story examining whether the sexual harassment lawsuit against the Sterling Renaissance Festival's owner might affect the attraction's 2018 season.
• Managing Editor Mike Dowd is a finalist in the Editorial Writing category.
• Sports writer Justin Ritzel has been nominated in the Sports Story category for his piece about how local football coaches use video.
There are two nominees in each category. First- and second-place finishes will be revealed during the association's awards ceremony June 1 in Saratoga Springs. Thirty-two newspapers submitted 689 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories from 2018.