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The Rochester Business Journal earned four awards in the National Newspaper Association's 2013 Better Newspaper Contest for work published in 2012.
Managing Editor Mike Dickinson earned a first-place award in the category of best business story for "How Kodak lost its way," published after Eastman Kodak Co. filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in January 2012. This was the centerpiece of the RBJ's coverage of Kodak's bankruptcy, which recently won a gold award for breaking-news coverage from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.
In the best environmental story category, Sally Parker received a first-prize award for her two-part series, "Fractured: The hydrofracking debate." This series earlier had won a first-place award for in-depth reporting from the New York Press Association.
The third-place award in the category of best business feature story went to Will Astor for his profile of Joseph Bucci, co-CEO of American Rock Salt LLC.
And in the best sports column category, an honorable mention was awarded to Rick Woodson for his piece on controversial remarks by Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. The longtime RBJ sports columnist passed away in March.
The NNA awards will be presented during the association's annual convention Sept. 12-15 in Phoenix, Ariz. The contest drew nearly 1,800 entries.
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