Peters Patch Local Editor Wins Golden Quill Award

Andrea Bosco took first place for spot/breaking news. Finalists were Cranberry Patch Local Editor Jessica Sinichak for spot/breaking news and Plum-Oakmont Patch Local Editor Heidi Dezayas for community engagement.

Peters Patch Local Editor Andrea Bosco won a Golden Quill Award Monday night for online spot/breaking news at the 48th annual Golden Quill Awards held at the Sheraton Hotel, Station Square, Pittsburgh.

Zandy Dudiak, associate regional editor for Western Pennsylvania Patch Region 2, and freelance writer/photographer Sarah Klingler also contributed to Bosco's winning story:

Patch also had two finalists in the competition:

  • Heidi Dezayas, Plum-Oakmont Patch local editor, was nominated in the online community engagement news category for " and a number of other stories posted as the tragedy unfolded. Also contributing to her reports were Dudiak; Julie Martin, freelance writer; Tim McAteer, regional editor for Western Pennsylvania Patch Region 2; and Becky Brindle, Upper St. Clair Patch local editor.
  • Jessica Sinichak, Cranberry Patch local editor, was nominated in the online spot/breaking news category for ""

The Golden Quills competition, sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, recognizes professional excellence in written, photographic, broadcast and online journalism in western Pennsylvania.

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Leslie Orbin May 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Congratulations Andrea! Great job!
Karen Brown May 15, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Hey Andrea, just saw this. Congratulations! karen Brown
Earl Bugaile May 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Congratulations to both you and Zandy. You were on top of the story when it broke, and you did a fine job of reporting it as it unfolded. Outstanding work!!! Earl Bugaile
Andrea Bosco (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Thanks, Leslie!
Andrea Bosco (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Thanks, Karen!
Andrea Bosco (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Thanks so much, Earl! We love that you've been a part of our Patch team since the very beginning. It was great to see you last night!
Roger May 16, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Is the "regional editor" a new position that is permanently part of Patch? Zandy has been showing up often recently as "patrol officer." Is this a new policy, or one that has been in place that has not been exercised? Or, are these changes as a result of Huffington no longer being at the top of the ladder?
Zandy Dudiak May 16, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Roger, Tim McAteer is regional editor for Western PA Patch Region 2, and I work as associate regional editor. While we have local editors out in the field, Tim and I work mostly behind the scenes to coordinate the efforts of our region, which includes eight Patch sites. We also have a Region 1, with its own regional editor, that has five more sites around Pittsburgh. We work closely with our local editors on a daily basis and, when they are unable to respond (they do all have personal obligations from time to time) or there is a questionable comment that violates our terms of service, we'll occasionally jump in to help. The terms of service have been in place since our sites launched. While Patch and Huffington Post are both owned by AOL, we operate separately.
Zandy Dudiak May 16, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Thanks Earl! We do consider you part of our Patch family, as Andrea pointed out. It was great to see you at the ceremony!
Roger May 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Zandy, thanks for the explanation. But, you did not address the role that Ariana Huffington played in her position that she recently vacated. While she did not address the day-to-day issues that you, Andrea, Mike, and other local editors do, she was at the top with the baton. Now that she is gone, undoubtedly changes will (or have been) made in those entities in the downstream tree.
Zandy Dudiak May 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Actually Roger, Arianna never "waved a baton" at the top of Patch. Patch has always had its own editor-in-chief and, with his recent departure, now a chief content officer. While Arianna encouraged Patch to open its doors to local voices through blogging and we've shared some projects, such as our 9/11 anniversary project and a few other things, her presence was felt very little overall on the local Patch scene. She's focusing more on expanding Huffington Post in foreign markets these days.
Roger May 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Zandy, from this article, it sounds like Arianna did some "baton waving" with regard to Patch. It sounds like her desires to integrate Patch with other offerings were met with resistance, and was one of the causes of the change. The raising of $50K per site, but cost of $100K-$150K is an ominous piece of information. This is startling, and is cause for alarm. It provides a reason why some want to see major changes. I hope it gets worked out so that Patch is some form remains. But, it sounds like the business model needs lots of work to be successful. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303610504577420193866895860.html
Karen September 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Congratulations, Andrea. You deserve the praise. Great job - as always
Andrea Bosco (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Thanks so much, Karen!


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