So far this year, I have had two opportunities to tell you about awards our editors, writers and designers have won from the New York Press Association and the Fair Media Council. Now, I am delighted to share that not only have our people been recognized for their hard work and high-quality journalism, but also our newspapers themselves have been honored.
The Press Club of Long Island recently presented its Media Awards to print, television and internet journalists and outlets in this region.
It was a very proud moment when the winners of the category Best Community Newspaper were announced, and the Manhasset Press and Port Washington News were named Second and Third Place respectively. (The Long Beach Herald took first.)
Manhasset Press Editor Elizabeth Johnson and Port News Editor Karen Talley do a phenomenal job of covering their communities and making their papers more than just a must-read, but also an integral part of the community. That we should be recognized this way among the dozens of weeklies on Long Island is high praise indeed.
The Press Club’s evening of accolades began on a very high note, with our own Betsy Abraham, editor of The Westbury Times and Hicksville News, receiving the Special Award: Outstanding Cub Reporter. Although she is early in her career, Betsy has proven herself as both a wonderful reporter and outstanding editor, and her peers’ recognition of her talent and professionalism is very meaningful.
Betsy shared a first-place win in the Home & Garden category with Floral Park Dispatch Editor Christy Hinko for the article “Your Impatiens Are Doomed.” This piece explained what is killing these flowers, and what local gardeners can do about it.
Betsy also took third place in the Arts category for her article, “Feel The Rhythm,” about a local salsa studio.
Jaclyn Gallucci, editor of the Syosset/Jericho Tribune was honored with second place in Neighborhood/Community News for her article, “Jericho Man Fights Cancer With Cars,” about how good deeds and fundraising are battling prostate cancer.
Another award-winning article that appeared in the Tribune was Managing Editor Edith Updike’s “Local Malls: Battle of the Behemoths.” This piece about the proposed mall at the old Cerro Wire site took Third Place in Business Reporting.
Dave Gil de Rubio, the editor of Long Island Weekly and Garden City Life captured Third Place in Education Reporting for his article about musician and music activist Mark Wood, “Meet Your New Violin Teacher.”
Cartoonist Matt Bodkin placed Second for a spot-on cartoon that had beach-goers wondering what SPF is suitable should an offshore natural-gas terminal explode.
In the Editorial/Commentary category, Editor in Chief John Owens took Third Place for his piece on State Education Commissioner John King, “You’d Better Smile When You Call Us That.”
It is very gratifying when members of our team receive crystal trophies, plaques and certificates. But what pleases us most is covering your community the best we can. Thank you for that privilege.