Times Observer editors recognized

Two editors at the The Times Observer have won awards from two state-wide journalism organizations.

Sports Editor Jon Sitler has been awarded a first-place award in the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors’ News Excellence Competition for a column. “SitComm: Hitting the Pause Button” described his children growing up faster than he likes.

Managing Editor Eric Paddock took second place in the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association’s Professional Keystone Press Awards with a trio of editorials, “Not what we paid for,” “That uneasy feeling,” and “A tide that never ebbs.”

The first two of those opinion pieces dealt with the departure of Brandon Hufnagel, former superintendent of the Warren County School district, and the second with the selection process of Hufnagel’s successor, Dr. William Clark.

The third editorial dealt with the issue of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. That editorial was also awarded a second place in the PAPME competition for editorial writing.

The PAPME division covering The Times Observer is for daily newspapers under 15,000 circulation. The Keystone Awards division covers daily newspapers up to 20,000 circulation.