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January, 2015 ranked America’s #1 newspaper website again

Syracuse, N.Y. — has once again been ranked the No. 1 newspaper website in the nation in terms of market penetration.

The Scarborough research company has given its latest No. 1 ranking, based on the percentage of adults in the market who visit the website in a seven-day period. According to Scarborough, 26 percent of adults in the Syracuse designated market area visit

The website has held the top spot for the past 24 months. The rankings are released twice a year and include 12 months of data., which is affiliated with The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, was ranked second, reaching 22 percent of adults in its market. Like, is owned by Advance Local.

Scarborough also ranked The Post-Standard’s Sunday newspaper and its electronic edition No. 3 in the U.S., with a market penetration of 42 percent.

Combined, The Post-Standard and reach 58 percent of adults in the market.


June, 2014
SMG most decorated media company in Central New York

When it comes to media awards, the Syracuse Media Group is the biggest winner in Central New York.
The Post-Standard and – flagship brands of Syracuse Media Group – recently won awards for journalism, photojournalism, design, circulation, advertising, promotions and marketing, evidence the website and newspaper maintain high standards of journalistic excellence.
Advance Digital Inc. was recently named a Digital Advertising Partner of the Year by Microsoft Corp. for digital advertising. Advance Digital and Syracuse Media Group are a part of Advance Local, which is one of the largest media groups in the United States.
On May 3, The Post-Standard picked up every first- and second- place award in the Daily Print Media category at the Syracuse Press Club’s 36th annual Professional Recognition Awards Dinner. Overall, the brands collected 10 first-place and 10 second-place awards at the event. and The Post-Standard received more accolades on May 31 when staffers collected 23 awards for writing, photography and graphics at the New York State Associated Press Association Awards.
The high standards extend beyond journalistic efforts, as evidenced by the recent showing at the New York State Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives (NYSNAME) and New York State Circulation Management Association (NYSCMA) Sales & Marketing Awards. Syracuse Media Group won more awards than any other newspaper company participating in the competition.
Syracuse Media Group won NYNAME awards in all 11 categories – nine first-place and two second-place – for advertising and marketing excellence. The company also won awards in four out of five of the NYSCMA promotion competition categories – one first-place, two second-place and three third-place awards.


May 28, 2014
Advance named Microsoft Digital Advertising Partner of the Year

Microsoft Corp. has named Advance Digital Inc., an affiliate of Syracuse Media Group, a “Digital Advertising Partner of the Year” by Microsoft Corp. for digital advertising for the second year in a row.
The awards recognize companies solving complex business challenges and “celebrate top Microsoft partners that are solving customer challenges with creative technology solutions,” according to a news release from Microsoft. Advance Digital and Syracuse Media Group are a part of Advance Local, which is one of the largest media groups in the United States, reaching more than 30 million consumers each month. The winners in 46 categories — including cloud technology, Win¬dows 8, Microsoft Office, the public sector and humanitarian response — were selected from 2,800 entries from more than 117 coun¬tries.
Advance Digital was named the winner in digital advertising. “We received this prestigious award in recognition of all the efforts of the Local Media Groups and the Advance Digital team, working together to pro-vide innovative marketing solutions for our customers,” Advance Digital Inc. President Peter Weinberger said.


April 25, 2014
Syracuse Media Group wins 23 AP awards for writing and photography

For the second straight year, and The Post-Standard have won more New York State Associated Press Association awards than any newspaper in their category.

The newspaper and its web site won 23 awards for writing, photography and graphics in 2013 among newspapers with circulations between 45,000 and 125,000, AP announced this week.

“As we move ahead in a digital world, it is gratifying to see that our staff continues to produce high quality journalism that readers in Central New York have come to expect,” said Stephen A. Rogers, chairman of Syracuse Media Group, which produces The Post-Standard and

Among all circulation categories, The Post-Standard tied with the Poughkeepsie Journal for the most awards.

“We’re pleased that professional peers and the Associated Press have recognized the great team we have working on both and The Post-Standard,” said Stephen Cvengros, SMG’s vice president of content. “We see this as affirming we are maintaining our high journalistic standards as we move further into the digital age.”

The newspaper won six first-place, eight second-place and nine third-place awards. AP will present the awards at a luncheon in May in Saratoga Springs.

The winning entries for The Post-Standard and in the writing categories:

Columns: Sean Kirst, first place for a body of work that included writing about a homicide in the city’s Elmwood neighborhood and a rescue from a crash on the Thruway.

Editorials: Steve Carlic, first place for editorials on government accountability.

Brightest headline: Chris Wagner, first place for “Ennis the Menace,” on a story about Syracuse University basketball player Tyler Ennis. Sonja Duntley, second place for “Pass the Peace, Please,” on a story about a Thanksgiving dinner lesson in civil discourse.

Sports columns: Bud Poliquin, first place for a series of columns, including one on SU’s basketball win over Louisville in January 2013.

Interactive graphics: Susan Santola, first place for “Doctor Who Quiz,” which accompanied stories on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Doctor Who television show.

Business/finance reporting: Mark Weiner, second place for “Lockheed Martin abandons secret plans to shut suburban Syracuse plant,” a story that revealed the inner workings behind the company initially planning to close the Salina facility. Kevin Tampone, third place for “DeWitt-based Anaren’s future at a crossroads as a major investor presses a sale.”

Beat reporting: Paul Riede, second place for a yearlong series of stories that explored the “Crisis in public education.”

Online content: Katrina Tulloch, second place for “Bow ties are his bread and butter, love is his purpose,” a story about a man who started wearing bow ties to keep his brother’s memory alive.

Blogging: Sean Kirst, second place for his blog. Kevin Rivoli, third place for “Photographer’s Journal.”

Features: John O’Brien, second place for “Wrongly imprisoned nearly a decade, father plays catch-up with his five kids,” a story about Dan Gristwood, who won a $5.5 million judgment against New York.

Spot news: Jeff Stein, third place for “Family describes Syracuse murder victim as hard-working immigrant raising 5 children,” a story about the murder of a pizza shop owner.

Sports: Nate Mink, third place for “John Raymon’s long road to Syracuse includes surviving child abuse at the hands of his mother,” about a Syracuse University football player.

Depth reporting: David Tobin and Charley Hannagan, third place for “The mysterious life and death of a teachers union official who stole $808,000 from membership,” about the suicide of Sally Jo Widmer.

Online content: James T. Mulder, third place for “Understanding Obamacare,” that invited and answered readers’ questions about the Affordable Care Act.

The photography, video and graphics winners, which competed in the circulation category of 45,000 and above:

Feature photography: Michael Greenlar, first place for “A team that prays together.”

Informational graphics: Tom Schmitt and Mark Libbon, second place for “Months of Clouds,” which accompanied a weather story. Schmitt, third place for “Low Bridge,” which accompanied a story about the dangerously low railroad bridge over the Onondaga Lake Parkway.

Videos and slide shows: Michelle Gabel, third place for “The Gift,” about young violinist Shen Dai Wei.

Photo essays: Kevin Rivoli, second place for “70-Plus and Still at it,” about older workers. Michelle Gabel, third place for “A Prodigy’s Promise,” about violinist Shen Dai Wei.


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February 13, 2014 ranked No. 1 newspaper website in America was ranked the No. 1 newspaper website in the country by Scarborough research company.1 The report was released last week. The ratings are based on market penetration, which is the percentage of adults in the market who visit in a seven day period.

Scarborough also ranked The Post-Standard the No. 4 newspaper in America for readership penetration among Sunday newspapers.

Scarborough’s industry-leading audience data is accredited by the Media Rating Council and has long been relied-upon by those who plan and buy local media.

Tim Kennedy, President of Syracuse Media Group, attributed the ranking to the quality and quantity of news and advertising on the site.  “There are a lot of great news websites in the country so it feels really good to be No.1,” he said.  “This latest report from Scarborough is more evidence that the Syracuse Media Group is on the right track.”


February 4, 2014
Syracuse Media Group celebrates first anniversary reports a record-month in January 2014

Syracuse Media Group announced a record digital audience for the month of January and celebrated its one-year anniversary this week.

The company, which publishes and operates an extensive portfolio of digital and print products, experienced a year of big changes in 2013, including a move to an innovative 27,000-square-foot work environment in the heart of downtown Syracuse.  Its flagship brands are and The Post-Standard.

“The changes we made one year ago are clearly working,” Syracuse Media Group President Tim Kennedy said. “Our slowest digital days now surpass our best days from a year ago. Our digital operations, social and SEO are better. And our journalism – retooled for success in the digital age – is stronger. All of which makes us uniquely positioned to help our advertising customers understand the complicated world of digital media.”

Some milestones:

  • – the top news and information website in Central New York – experienced 30 percent growth in the second half of 2013. Mobile usage exploded with 1.4 million mobile users per month.
  • Syracuse Media Group expanded its suite of digital marketing solutions. Digital revenue growth has been strong, led by a four-fold increase in its new digital visibility products.
  • The Post-Standard newspaper continues to be one of the top 10 best-read newspapers in the country, based on market penetration, according to Scarborough, a national research firm.
  • The Post-Standard won 18 writing and photography awards this year from the New York State Associated Press Association, more than any other newspaper of its size.

“And our audience set new records in January,” Kennedy added. “They responded to our exclusive coverage of the secret plans to replace the Carrier Dome, our publication of the New York State teachers’ salary database and analysis, our weather reporting, and our always insightful coverage of the great run of the top college basketball team in the land – the Syracuse Orange.”

The website tallied 37.5 million page views in January of this year. The success carried into February as the site set a one-day record with 1.7 million page views on Super Bowl Sunday.



  1. 2013 Scarborough Report Release 2 DMA Penetration Report