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Newspaper Excellence
2 0 1 8 B E T T E R N E W S PA P E R C O N T E S T

PAGE 2...........Excellence Award Winners The Suffolk Times
PAGE 3...........Top Five Newspapers
PAGE 4...........Most Competitive Categories
PAGE 5...........Rookie of the Year
PAGE 6...........Winners Listing
PAGE 7...........Writer of the Year Editorial Excellence Advertising Excellence
PAGE 8...........Winners Listing The Suffolk Times Dan’s Papers
PAGE 9...........Sports Writer of the Year
PAGE 10........Winners Listing
PAGE 11........Photographer of the Year
PAGE 12........Winners Listing
PAGE 13........Best Front Page Michelle Trauring Shira Hanau
PAGE 14........Winners Listing The Sag Harbor Express The Jewish Week
PAGE 15........Best Sports Action Photo
PAGE 16........Winners Listing
PAGE 18........Winners Listing Joe Werkmeister Jim MacLean
PAGE 19........Community Leadership
The Suffolk Times The Scarsdale Inquirer
PAGE 20........Winners Listing
PAGE 21........Overall Design Excellence
PAGE 22........Winners Listing
PAGE 23........Best Small Space Ad
PAGE 24........Winners Listing
PAGE 25........Innovative Ad Project
The Valley News Sun — First Place
PAGE 26........Winners Listing
PAGE 27........Best Art Photo
.....................Graphic Illustration
PAGE 28........Winners Listing City & State — First Place, Division 1
PAGE 29........Besst Spot News Photos The Daily News (Batavia) — First Place, Division 2
PAGE 30........Winners Listing New York Law Journal — First Place, Division 3
PAGE 31........Dorman and Evans Awards Oceanside Island Park Herald — First Place, Division 4
PAGE 32........Winners Listing
PAGE 33........Best Special Section Cover
PAGE 34........High School Awards
PAGE 35........College Awards
PAGE 36........Photo Collage
The Southampton Press - Eastern Edition — First Place, Division 1
The East Hampton Press — First Place, Division 2

The News-Review — First Place, Division 1
Jim MacLean Albany Business Review — First Place, Division 2
The Scarsdale Inquirer Gay City News — First Place, Division 3
BOTTOM LEFT - CARNIVAL RIDE The Southampton Press - Western Edition — First Place, Division 4
Mark Gutman
The Daily News (Batavia)
Donna Abbott-Vlahos
Albany Business Review The Southampton Press - Eastern Edition — First Place
The Southampton Press - Western Edition— Second Place
B A C K C O V E R The East Hampton Press — Third Place
Jim MacLean
MIDDLE LEFT - PREPPING DINNER Albany Business Review — First Place
Donna Abbott-Vlahos
Albany Business Review
Mark Gutman The Independent — First Place, Division 1
The Daily News (Batavia)
The Southampton Press - Eastern Edition — First Place, Division 2
Jim MacLean
The Scarsdale Inquirer
Mark Gutman Lynbrook East Rockaway Herald — First Place
The Daily News The Suffolk Times — Second Place
BOTTOM RIGHT - ACROBATIC ARTIST The Sag Harbor Express — Third Place
Tim Lamorte
The Rivertowns Enterprise Ken-Ton Bee — Honorable Mention
About the 2018 Better Newspaper Contest…
163 newspapers submitted 2,743 entries.
Participating newspapers competed for awards in 65 categories, and for Newspaper of the Year,
the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence and the John J. Evans Award for Advertising Excellence.

546 awards were presented during NYPA’s Spring Conference April 5th and 6th, 2019.
The entries were judged by members of the Wisconsin Press Association.
The winners were determined based on the following point system:
EACH FIRST PLACE AWARD........................................20 POINTS
EACH SECOND PLACE AWARD...................................10 POINTS
EACH THIRD PLACE AWARD......................................5 POINTS


Times/Review Newspapers — 425 POINTS
The Suffolk Times, The News-Review, Shelter Island Reporter
The Press Newspaper Group — 310 POINTS
The Southampton Press - Eastern, The Southampton Press - Western, The East Hampton Press
Schneps Community News Group — 265 POINTS
Astoria Times, Bay News Bayside Times, Bronx Times Reporter and Bronx Times, Brooklyn Graphic, The Brooklyn Paper,
Caribbean Life, Chelsea Now, The Courier Sun, The Extra Courier, Downtown Express, El Correo de Queens, The Flushing Times,
Forest Hills / The Western Courier, Gay City News, Healthwise Magazine, Long Island Press, Manhattan Express, Mill Basin Courier,
North Shore Towers Courier, Northeast Courier, Noticia, Park Slope Courier, Queens Business Today, Queens Courier,
Queens Family, Ridgewood Times and Times Newsweek, The Villager Express, The Ledger, The Villager (NYC)
Herald Community Newspapers — 250 POINTS
Baldwin Herald, Bellmore Herald, East Meadow Herald, Franklin Square Elmont Herald, Freeport Herald Leader,
Glen Cove Herald Gazette, Long Beach Herald, Lynbrook East Rockaway Herald, Malverne West Hempstead Herald,
Merrick Herald, Nassau Herald, Oceanside Island Park Herald, Oyster Bay Guardian, Rockaway Journal,
Rockville Center Herald, Sea Cliff Glen Head Herald Gazette, Seaford Herald Citizen, South Shore Record,
Valley Stream Herald, Wantagh Herald Citizen, The Jewish Star, The Riverdale Press
Johnson Newspaper Corporation — 195 POINTS
Watertown Daily News, The Daily News, Livingston County News


The Sag Harbor Express — 220 POINTS
Dan’s Papers — 190 POINTS
The Independent — 160 POINTS
Albany Business Review — 155 POINTS
The Highlands Current — 135 POINTS


The Suffolk Times — 155 POINTS
The Independent — 135 POINTS
The Highlands Current — 125 POINTS
The News-Review — 120 POINTS
The Southampton Press - Eastern Edition — 115 POINTS
The Sag Harbor Express — 105 POINTS


The Suffolk Times — 50 POINTS The Post-Standard — 45 POINTS
Albany Business Review — 50 POINTS Finger Lakes Times — 45 POINTS
Saratoga Today — 50 POINTS Watertown Daily Times — 35 POINTS
Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald — 45 POINTS The Daily Mail — 20 POINTS
Putnam County News & Recorder — 45 POINTS
The Sag Harbor Express — 40 POINTS 3
About the Competition…
C AT E G O R Y 3 1 — F E AT U R E S T O R Y
Congratulations to the first place winners in the most competitive category in the contest!
Division 1:................................................................................................ Ambrose Clancy, Shelter Island Reporter
Division 2:........................................................................................................ Eric Gross, Putnam County Courier
Division 3:................................................................................................. Michael Turton, The Highlands Current
Division 4:................................................................................................... Katie McFadden, The Rockaway Times
Division 5:................................................................................................... Susan DeSantis, New York Law Journal
Division 6:............................................................................................................ David Haas, Syracuse New Times

C AT E G O R Y 3 0 — N E W S S T O R Y
The quality of the entries in this category was outstanding — congratulations to:
Division 1:.................................................................................... Mary-Margaret Dwyer, Putnam County Courier
Division 2:....................................................................................................... Shelly Ferullo, East Aurora Advertiser
Division 3:......................... Sabina Rebis, M.D. and Joseph P. Shaw, The Southampton Press - Eastern Edition
Division 4:..................................................................................................... Jason Grant, New York Law Journal
Division 5:...................................................................................................... T.E. McMorrow, The Independent

C AT E G O R Y 4 2 — F E AT U R E P H O T O ( S )
The judges had a particularly difficult time with this very competitive category — congratulations to:
Division 1:.............................................................................................. Eleanor Labrozzi, Shelter Island Reporter
Division 2:................................................................... Wilson Green, The Southampton Press - Eastern Edition
Division 3:................................................................................................. Daytona Niles, Watertown Daily Times

C AT E G O R Y 3 2 — B E S T N E W S O R F E AT U R E S E R I E S
Many fine examples of excellent research and writing — congratulations to:
Division 1:.............................................................................................................. Andy Flynn, Lake Placid News
Division 2:..........................................................................................................................The Highlands Current
Division 3:............................................................................................... David Ambro, The Northport Observer
Division 4:............................................................................. Julianne McShane, Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic

C AT E G O R Y 4 3 — S P O R T S A C T I O N P H O T O ( S )
Catching the right image at the right time — congratulations to:
Division 1:................................................................................ Chris Layton, Putnam County News & Recorder
Division 2:................................................................................................................ J. Heck, East Meadow Herald
Division 3:................................................................................................ Peggy Spellman Hoey, The Independent

C AT E G O R Y 3 5 — B E S T C O L U M N
Providing perspective… making the reader think, understand and care — congratulations to:
Division 1:............................................................................................... Maria Piedrabuena,
Division 2:................................................................................................................... Bob Dumas, Mahopac News
Division 3:............................................................................................................... Kelly Cogswell, Gay City News

C AT E G O R Y 2 9 — S P O T N E W S C O V E R A G E
Great coverage of a single news event — congratulations to:
Division 1:................................................................................................................. Amanda Purcell, Register-Star
4 Division 2:...................................................................................................... Taylor K. Vecsey, The Suffolk Times
Division 3:............................................................................................................... Staff Reporters, Queens Courier
Rookie Reporter of the Year, 2018
There were 25 entries in this category
Shira Hanau has been a staff writer at The Jewish Week since May 2018. She covers Jewish communal
politics, Jewish life on college campuses, and politics surrounding Israel and the Boycott, Divestment,
and Sanctions movement. She recently reported from Pittsburgh in the wake of the synagogue shootings
in October 2018. Some of her most read stories include a feature on the growing community of young
Jewish progressives, a profile of an Orthodox rabbi who became an LGBT advocate, and a feature on
alternative synagogues catering to Jewish millennials. Shira has freelanced for Harvard Divinity Bulletin,
Columbia Journalism Review, and Hadassah Magazine.
While in college, Shira interned at The Forward and The Jewish Week and contributed to MediaFile.
The judges said, “Wow. Just wow. This reporter has great writing skills, tackles tough issues, finds multiple
sources and blends all that with well-placed information and quotes. The stories start with superb ledes and
are strong all the way to great finishes. I thought the story about sexual conversations with young men was
handled well and well-written, then I read the story about the aftermath of the shooting at the Pittsburgh
temple. I can’t say enough about this young woman’s talent and ability to write powerful news stories.”

Rebecca C. Lewis joined City & State in December 2017 as an editorial assistant, a role in which she
aggregates the publication’s news aggregation emails, assists with research, and writes a variety of stories
both for print and online. A few weeks ago, she was promoted to the position of staff reporter.
Rebecca C. Lewis compiles the daily First Read newsletter, writes stories for both print and web, and generally
provides assistance to the editorial team. Rebecca graduated in 2017 from Fordham University, where she
studied communications and psychology. She previously worked for the NPR affiliated public radio station
WFUV where she won a student award from the Alliance of Women in Media and a professional award from
Public Radio News Directors Inc. for the podcast she produced. Rebecca lives on Long Island, but can usually
be found at a variety of movie theaters in the city.
The judges said, “Well-written, informative stories that are readable and interesting. I learned something
from each one. I’m glad to see this writer was promoted! Congratulations to her and her publication.”

Rebecca Klar covers New Hyde Park and the Willistons. She has quickly demonstrated strong capabilities
in hard news, feature and enterprise stories while also donating a kidney to her father.
The judges said, “Every body wants to write columns or blogs, but this young woman should. Her humor
and empathy were front and center in the first-person story she wrote about donating a kidney to her father.
The story itself would have been interesting even without her involvement, but her storytelling skills really
shine. Her news stories were hard-hitting, showing her ability to tackle corruption, nepotism and
questionable use of government funds. Congratulations on a job well done!”

Griffin began working at the Lake Placid News on Nov. 6, 2017. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with
bachelor’s degrees in newspaper, magazine and multimedia journalism. He grew up in Pearl River, New York.
Griffin covers Lake Placid and Essex County news for the Lake Placid News and its sister newspaper, the
Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake, and he covers arts and culture for both papers and our
Weekender publication.
In addition to his news beats, Griffin helps tell stories about the people who make Lake Placid one of the best
places to live and visit on Earth. With a biographical style, he writes features about lifestyle, education, business,
community service, sports, special events, health, the environment, etc. — always focusing on the people.
He is versatile in writing a variety of news and feature stories and brings a youthful energy to the newsroom
that is refreshing.
The judges said, “This writer handles hard news well, but is a true story teller. I loved his lede in the story about
the guitar maker and the rest of his story did not disappoint. I will remember this young man’s name.”
Excellence Awards
OF THE YEAR The Jewish Week, New York
DIVISION 1 Hannah Dreyfus DIVISION 1
FIRST PLACE While, from a national angle, #MeToo
The Jewish Week, New York content has been very available in the last
The Southampton Press- The News-Review, Riverhead
Shira Hanau year, finding those stories within your own
Eastern Edition, Southampton Wow. Just wow. This reporter has great writing community can be challenging — and writing Lauren Sisson, Steve Wick
This is the type of newspaper readers would skills, tackles tough issues, finds multiple them in a way which keeps the reader’s and Joe Werkmeister
wait by the mailbox or pick up at their door as sources and blends all that with well-placed attention is extremely tricky. This writer did Beautiful! The photos, the headers, sub-headers,
soon as it arrives. The judges loved the format information and quotes. The stories start with an excellent job keeping these lengthy stories stories and quotes on the front page are perfectly
and the choice to stay with a large format superb ledes and are strong all the way to great engaging, balanced and clear. balanced. The use of white space is just perfect.
publication. They agreed the reporting was finishes. I thought the story about sexual The articles were well written. You can tell that
the best they had seen, the writing was tight, conversations with young men was handled
the newspaper team cares about their product
the photos helped tell the story and the well and well-written, then I read the story Shelter Island Reporter, and their community.
newspaper was the complete package. For about the aftermath of the shooting at the Shelter Island
this reason, it was judged at the top of its Pittsburgh temple. I can’t say enough about Charity Robey SECOND PLACE
class and the first place finisher in a very this young woman’s talent and ability to Shelter Island Reporter,
This writer did an excellent job of taking me
tough category to judge. Congratulations. write powerful news stories. with her to the actual location of all of her Shelter Island
SECOND PLACE stories. I felt like I was in the deer stand with Beautifully designed front page. Great use of
SECOND PLACE her, on the shoreline, at the grill, in the Zabel’s
Great Neck News, Great Neck photos, great white space. Headlines are prefect.
City & State, New York living room. Her stories kept me interested, This clean crisp paper draws you in with not only
This is a very good newspaper loaded with Rebecca C. Lewis were an appropriate length, showcased the
stories, features and opinions people would the beautifully organized layout but the nicely
Well-written, informative stories that are very topics clearly and made sure I walked away worded headlines as well.
definitely want to read. All the entries in readable and interesting. I learned something with the core of what she was trying to say.
this division were very good and to place, from each one but was particularly impressed THIRD PLACE
a newspaper had to stand out. And, this with her coverage of the single-payer health-
one did as it earns second place.
Long Island Advance, Patchogue
care system. She handled a complex issue and Love, love how you have one photo on the front
THIRD PLACE presented information in an understandable to really draw in the viewers. The October 25
format that didn’t dumb it down but broke it SPORTS WRITER front page photo is perfect. Great use of the photo
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, down for readers. I’m glad to see this writer OF THE YEAR covering up the header draws the viewers.
Saranac Lake was promoted! Congratulations to her and Beautiful. Would like to see more white space
In a very close vote, the Adirondack Daily her publication. FIRST PLACE around the text in the bowling story, maybe
Enterprise finished third among the many The Suffolk Times, Mattituck tighten up the font a little. Add a little more
entries in this division. Judges scored the THIRD PLACE Joe Werkmeister white space around the text. Headers and articles
photos as good and the reporting above Williston Times, Williston Park This work stood out amidst a talented field. are great, just needs some white space.
average. It takes a lot of work to put out a Rebecca Klar He is able to capture the most compelling
very good newspaper and the Daily Enterprise Everybody wants to write columns or blogs, aspects of stories that likely engage all readers, HONORABLE MENTION
is a very good one. Like the format and the but this young woman should. Her humor not just sports fans. The meter of his writing The Villager, New York
breadth of new coverage. and empathy were front and center in the makes his work very readable. His attention to Mark Ramos and Lincoln Anderson
first-person story she wrote about donating a details and ability to describe those details to Front page photos are amazing, love how the
kidney to her father. The story itself would his readers keeps them engaged and always artwork pops, but maybe a bit more white space
DIVISION 2 have been interesting even without her first wanting more. Fantastic work. around headers.
person account, but her writing skills were
FIRST PLACE impressive. Her news stories were hard-hitting, SECOND PLACE
The East Hampton Press, showing her ability to tackle corruption, The Daily Gazette, Schenectady
nepotism and questionable use of government Michael Kelly DIVISION 2
East Hampton
funds. Congratulations on a job well done! This writer showed his ability to write about an
The judges went over all the entries and chose FIRST PLACE
the East Hampton Press the top finisher in its array of topics, from college basketball to a bit
HONORABLE MENTION of a spontaneous powder puff Homecoming Albany Business Review, Albany
division. They enjoyed the writing and the
Lake Placid News, Lake Placid football game, and he covers it all in a way Kristina Walser
special section that was included (Garden
Section). They felt the photos were excellent Griffin Kelly that keeps readers engaged. Very nice pages! Love the big photos, nice
and well placed. The paper was quality This writer handles hard news well and is a and clean with room to breathe.
true story teller. I loved his lede in the story THIRD PLACE
throughout and was a cut above the rest. SECOND PLACE
about the guitar maker and the rest of his The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale
SECOND PLACE story did not disappoint. I will remember Todd Sliss The Spotlight, Delmar
The Riverdale Press, Riverdale this young man’s name. This writer had some tough stories to cover Michael Hallisey and David Abbott
This was a very close class to judge. The only in 2018 and he did so very well. Such stories Amazing front pages. Love the large the
difference the judges cited between the first require working with a variety of sources, and large artwork.
and second entries was the photo work. While he was fair in trying to unravel the many sides.
this entry had good photos, the winning entry
was just a few strokes better in that area. This
WRITER OF THE YEAR The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
entry was judged the second place finisher. FIRST PLACE Maria Gennaro and Joe Werkmeister
Comments from the judges included very The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor PHOTOGRAPHER I like the large photos, nice headlines. Maybe work
good writing and subject.
Michelle Trauring OF THE YEAR on the 3 inside headlines at the bottom of the
page, possibly a bolder font or some way to make
THIRD PLACE Selecting the best writer from such a diverse FIRST PLACE that part stand out a little more.
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck field was nearly impossible, but this writing
The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale
Judges decided this entry was the third place stood out more than any other. “Ancient HONORABLE MENTION
Hunters” brought me everything I wanted in Jim MacLean
finisher in the division. While the other The consistent, quality work, along with a few
The Highlands Current, Philipstown
two entries were broadsheet this one had a a lede — humor, clarity and understanding.
Meanwhile, in “Dancing with Goliaths,” standout images, is what helps push this above Pierce Strudler
different size which the judges found the rest. I really like the use of photos. The photo captions
interesting and liked how it was handled as I felt a quick emotional connection with the
source, something most writers overlook in a are a bit too close to the photos. Otherwise very
to lay out and display of news and pictures.
gallery preview. The Airbnb story showed a
SECOND PLACE nice looking pages.
Reporting was good and the story selection The Daily News, Batavia
definite skill at keeping more procedural
was solid. A very good newspaper.
news stories interesting and human as well. Mark Gutman
I laughed out loud at “A Legal Immigrant The photographer caught several nice moments
Strikes Back” and “Be There, Not Here” was with high action and emotion — the bull rider
honest and educating, without getting hung thrown to the ground, coaching jumping to
up in the weeds of Virtual Reality. Well done. celebrate a late basket, wrestler flexing after a
win. If a couple weaker images were replaced
SECOND PLACE this could have ranked higher.
Albany Business Review, Albany
Robin K. Cooper THIRD PLACE
This collection of work is a testament to Albany Business Review, Albany
the writer’s ability to make business writing Donna Abbott-Vlahos
accessible to those who don’t choose it as their This was very close to second place, but the
passion. I didn’t expect to be as interested in entry that took second depicts a bit more
the trade war or the horse-buying proclivities emotion. Simple, yet solid portraits and general
of the one percent, but I found this writing assignment photos. I really like the cool tones
exceptionally informative, accessible and in the first two.
engaging. This came in the form of lede
writing, an intelligent use of quotes as flavor HONORABLE MENTION
rather than substance and a good balance The Rivertowns Enterprise,
between details and explanations. Hastings-on-Hudson
6 Tim Lamorte
A couple of really nice images that take
into account real opportunities.
Writer of the Year, 2018
There were 44 entries in this category
Michelle Trauring is an arts, culture and travel writer who has chased stories in Ecuador, Denmark,
Thailand, Greece, Iceland and South Africa — though her true home is on the East End of Long Island
with The Sag Harbor Express. She graduated from the Stony Brook University Journalism School in 2010,
and is also published in Newsday, The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press and Homes of the Hamptons.
When she isn’t writing, Michelle is probably lost in the wilderness, daydreaming about her next trip, or
giving her cat a head rub.
The judges said, “Selecting the best writer from such a diverse field was nearly impossible, but the writings
of Michelle Trauring stood out to me better than any other. “Ancient Hunters” brought me everything
I wanted in a lede — humor, clarity and understanding. Meanwhile, in “Dancing With Goliaths,” I felt a
quick emotional connection with the source, something most writers overlook in a gallery preview. The
Airbnb story showed a definite skill at keeping more procedural news stories interesting and human as well.
I laughed out loud at “A Legal Immigrant Strikes Back” and “Be There, Not Here” was honest and educating,
without getting hung up in the weeds of Virtual Reality. Well done.”

Robin Cooper grew up in Hudson Falls and began his journalism career in Phoenix, Arizona after graduating
from Buffalo State College in 1994 with a bachelor’s in English. He started his career as a reporter covering
state government for the Arizona Capital Times and Arizona News Service. In 1998, Cooper moved back to
New York and worked for newspapers in Buffalo and Saratoga Springs before joining The Daily Gazette in
Schenectady in 2000 where he covered business and Saratoga Springs.
Cooper has been with the Albany Business Review since 2007 working as a reporter and managing editor. He
currently is a senior reporter, covering manufacturing, sports business, economic development and breaking news.
Cooper lives in Fort Edward and spends his weekends on Lake Champlain.
The judges said, “This collection of work by Robin Cooper is a testament to his ability to make business writing
accessible to those who don’t choose it as their passion. I didn’t expect to be as interested in the trade war or
the horse-buying proclivities of the one percent, but I found Cooper’s writing exceptionally informative,
accessible and engaging. This came in the form of lede writing, an intelligent use of quotes as flavor rather
than substance and a good balance between details and explanations.”

Hannah Dreyfus is a staff writer for the New York Jewish Week newspaper, published online (350,000 unique
visitors/month) and in print (circulation 60,000/week). Her work focuses on abuses of power within religious
and non-profit settings, including several recent #MeToo-influenced investigations and a deepdive into child
sexual abuse at youth serving organizations.
Her stories have been picked up by the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Post,
New York Daily News and Baltimore Sun. She heads the Investigative Journalism Fund, a special project of
the Jewish Week to fill a gap in investigative and enterprise reporting. Her diverse body of work includes
investigations into means of extortion in the Kosher food industry; unregistered foreign agents operating in
the oil-rich Emirate of Qatar; lack of secular education at New York ultra-Orthodox schools; birth-control
access and abortion in the ultra-Orthodox community; and communal stigmas surrounding mental health,
opioid addiction and suicide. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
The judges said, “While, from a national angle, #MeToo content has been very available in the last year,
finding those stories within your own community can be challenging — and writing them in a way which
keeps the reader’s attention is extremely tricky. Hannah did an excellent job keeping these lengthy stories
engaging, balanced and clear. ”

Charity Robey is a feature writer and columnist for the Shelter Island Reporter where she writes an op-ed column,
a food column and Island profile. She was awarded a first place for columns by the New York Press Association
in 2017. Her research on bay scallop flavor and history is part of a paper she gave at the 2017 Oxford
Symposium on Food and Cookery and it was published in 2018. Her work has appeared in the Suffolk Times,
Edible East End, Newsday and the New York Times.
The judges said, “Charity Robey did an excellent job of taking me with her to the actual location of all of her
stories. I felt like I was in the deer stand with her, on the Shelter Island shoreline, at the grill, in the Zabel’s
living room. Her stories kept me interested, were an appropriate length, showcased the topics clearly and made 7
sure I walked away with the core of what she was trying to say. ”
Excellence Awards
Oceanside Island Park Herald,
Albany Business Review, Albany The Southampton Press-
FIRST PLACE The year-long investigation Safety and the Second
Donna Abbott-Vlahos Eastern Edition, Southampton Place was started after local students spoke out
Gay City News, New York This paper took first because of its
The strongest aspect of the overall impression of following the Parkland, Florida school shootings.
Paul Schindler, Marcos Ramos, the photos is that they tell a story and make the outstanding front pages, large, clear photos The staff spent an amazing amount of time and
Donna Aceto and Bill Bytsura editorial content accompanying them that more and ad design. Its only negative came in effort into covering all angles of the questions
Very enticing layouts that certainly attract the impressive. Clarity and contrast of images stood headlines and typography where it uses too surrounding what it means to be a survivor of gun
eyes of readers. Visually appealing with text that out among all the entries. Each photo had a good many typefaces and styles. All three violence and its effect on communities and what
fits both in terms of presentation as well as caption and the photo displays were dynamic. newspapers could use a larger typeface in gun owners believe are their rights and
content. The layouts really “pop” on the page. I especially liked the January issue capturing the body copy. responsibilities.
Great job. restaurant scene for layout and impact.
SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE The Riverdale Press, Riverdale Ithaca Times, Ithaca
Ithaca Times, Ithaca The Southampton Press- Michael Hinman and Richard Stein Marshall Hopkins
Marshall Hopkins Eastern Edition, Southampton This newspaper has a clean overall design Making it simple for young people and everyone
An intriguing array of layout presentations that Almost perfect in every way, photo selection but lacks strong visual features. It is strong else in the community to register to vote is
shows a passion for creativity. Each page is and cropping gave this title the edge. Great local on editorial page design, headline styles and fulfilling a civic duty every newspaper should
notably different than the others, yet they each interest, photo quality reproduction and the overall typography. endorse and try in their own communities.
offer something dynamic in terms of grabbing reader can always know what the image is about
the attention of readers. When I saw the layouts, by its caption. Images in “Battling the Darkness”
I could tell they were among the best. were well presented and the cover images for this The Sag Harbor Express, Sag
story were emotive and captured the darkness of Harbor
Queens Chronicle, Queens
opioid abuse. Strong inside and feature page design, but the BEST NEWS WEB SITE
front page screamed at me. There is way too
Jan Schulman THIRD PLACE much going on in front page elements and FIRST PLACE
The three covers each presented readers with a The Southampton Press- type styles. The Daily Gazette, Schenectady
different way of drawing them in. The Amazon Western Edition, Westhampton Beach This website is excellent: well organized, clearly
design was clever, the De Blasio item was a cool This paper can boast of great local interest, labeled premium content, and the color scheme
concept and the Giovanni page was tasteful yet photo quality reproduction and the reader knows doesn’t interfere with the reading experience. The
impactful. Nice job. what the image is about by its caption; however, scroll bar is enough to keep your interest but also
a very nice two-page spread on the U.S. Open ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE doesn’t interfere. The “sections” hamburger menu
could have benefitted more with captions. FIRST PLACE drop down is the best I have seen. The site map at
DIVISION 4 All-around a very nice display of quality the bottom of the home page is also very well
photography. Lynbrook East Rockaway Herald, done. I particularly like the page take over close
FIRST PLACE Lynbrook button versus waiting for the ad to scroll up.
HONORABLE MENTION Love the Dance Workshop and Leggz Ltd Well done.
The Southampton Press-
Bayside Times, Queens ads! Colorful ad beautiful.Cinch ad eye-
Western Edition, Westhampton Beach This tabloid gives the reader a sense of comfort catching! Super cute cover for the SECOND PLACE
Well-balanced pages combined with effective
headlines, strong story writing and solid photos
in its coverage of local news. The photos are Kindergarten Kids! Great job! The Spotlight, Delmar
clear and strong in contrast with succinct Michael Hallisey and Jim Franco
to make these pages visually appealing and captions. I especially liked the photo spread on SECOND PLACE
informative. Nicely organized website. To get more, the
The Queens Pride Parade. The paper could The Suffolk Times, Mattituck reader has to scroll down. I bet it increases your
SECOND PLACE benefit from making more images larger Plum full of ads. Good for revenue. engagement. The use of red for the masthead
(especially group shots) to have more impact Nice professional looking ads! doesn’t overpower as red so frequently does, and
The East Hampton Press, and make readers want to save them for their
East Hampton THIRD PLACE the scrolling news at the very top isn’t in your face.
scrapbooks. It’s a paper the community can I like the color coding of the sections in the top
A nice array of layout techniques draws readers be proud of. The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor navigation menu, subtle and helpful. I also really
in, and the photos themselves pair nicely with Love the cover of The Cruising Life piece. like the separation of the sections. Using an ad to
the stories for an overall solid presentation. Great pics! Beautiful color ads also. separate makes a ton of sense. I wish I would have
THIRD PLACE HONORABLE MENTION thought of that! The “tags and keywords” heading
The Southampton Press-Eastern OVERALL DESIGN Ken-Ton Bee, Kenmore is odd. Do all readers realize it is navigational?
Edition, Southampton EXCELLENCE Nice orange and red color on cover.
I doubt it. What about “Read More Here” or
“Click to Read Stories About...”.
From top to bottom on each page, I appreciated DIVISION 1 Would like to see the advertising on the
the nice, clean layouts. inside of each page. Ads seem to swallow up THIRD PLACE
FIRST PLACE the copy. Nice ads. This paper has character! The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
The News-Review, Riverhead Like it! The home page has a ton of content available
Lauren Sisson without having to scroll down and without feeling
BEST EDITORIAL PAGE Bold headlines pull quotes and front pages were like 20 lbs of potatoes in a 10 lb bag. Navigation is
outstanding. The classified and directory ad easy, and the color scheme is also easy on the eyes.
FIRST PLACE pages were clean and appealing in black and COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP The masthead could stand out a bit more; it was
The Southampton Press- white as they didn’t present confusion from overpowered by the leaderboard ad. However, it
FIRST PLACE could have been the nature of the particular ad
Eastern Edition, Southampton competing small ads in color. I really liked the
A tremendous array and depth of content offers fading of the Oct. 11 front page picture to add The Valley News Sun, running at that time. If the intent is to ensure the
plenty of material for readers. The photos add a the text. Elizabethtown reader cannot miss that ad position even if they
beautiful splash to the pages as well. Kim Dedam, Jane Hooper try, you succeed and should raise the price!
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck The Sun tackled a very controversial school
The Southampton Press- Maria Gennaro Pelham Examiner, Pelham
merger question by providing forums and the Wow! This is a high school newspaper website.
Western Edition, Westhampton Beach Overall, this paper was right up there with the leadership to get all the information out to
first place winner. The pull quotes would have I particularly like the way content boxes scroll up
Clearly shows a commitment to offering a both school districts, the pros and cons and
been better in a bolder typeface and I failed to as the reader scrolls down. Latest news offset grey
variety of perspectives on pages that are the fears and hopes were all presented in a
see the need for a defining sentence below coloring draws the reader in. I like “people are
well balanced. civil manner and resulted in an over-
almost every headline. I think finding the space talking,” more to the point than the usual
whelming vote to go forward with the “most popular.”
THIRD PLACE for an editorial cartoon every week on the merger. Their leadership took away the
The East Hampton Press, opinion pages would make the pages much more rumors and gossip that might have torn
East Hampton appealing as it did in the Oct. 4 issue. the communities apart.
Solid presentation and equally solid writing. THIRD PLACE
Nice touch with the “person on the street” SECOND PLACE
comments to add even more local flavor. Bayside Times, Queens The Sag Harbor Express,
The overall design flowed through the pages The Press News Group,
and made it a paper I would like to read.
Times Review Newspapers
HONORABLE MENTION This huge project gave the communities the
The Independent, East Hampton newspapers serve a complete look at the
The front page, arts and entertainment section opioid crisis and steps that have been taken
and feature really popped out on this entry. in the communities to combat the addictions
The extra large pull quotes looked like they were and hopefully save lives.
being used to fill up space. A photo or graphic
would have been better use of the space.

Sports Writer of the Year, 2018
There were 23 entries in this category

Joe Werkmeister joined Times Review Media Group in 2006 after graduating
from St. Bonaventure University. He started as a sports writer for the
company’s North Shore Sun paper and became the sports editor in 2007.
In 2012 he moved to an associate web editor position and eventually became
web editor for The Riverhead News-Review and The Suffolk Times websites.
He was promoted to managing editor in 2015, helping oversee both the print
and online editions of the newspaper. In May 2016, he became the editor
of both papers.
Werkmeister is a two-time NYPA Sports Writer of the Year winner and has
won numerous sports featuring writing awards. He was awarded first-place
for Best Column in 2013. In 2017 he won first place for feature writing by
the National Newspaper Association.
The judges said, “Joe’s work stood out amidst a talented field. He is able to
capture the most compelling aspects of stories that likely engage all readers,
not just sports fans. The meter of his writing makes his work very readable.
Joe’s attention to details and ability to describe those details to his readers
keeps them engaged and always wanting more. Fantastic work.”

Michael Kelly started working for The Daily Gazette in Schenectady
in December 2014. Kelly started as the organization’s sportswriter for
a pair of community weeklies, then shifted in Spring 2015 to
covering the University at Albany, Siena College and high schools
for the daily sports department. In August 2018, Kelly became the
organization’s Sports Editor while continuing to cover UAlbany
and Siena athletics.
The judges said, “Michael showed his ability to write about an array
of topics, from college basketball to a bit of a spontaneous powder
puff Homecoming football game, and he covers it all in a way that
keeps readers engaged.”

Todd Sliss came to The Scarsdale Inquirer as the Sports Editor
fresh out of the journalism program at SUNY New Paltz in the
fall of 1999. Sliss has placed in the Sports Writer of the Year
category five times (two straight runner-up finishes, three
thirds), while winning more than 30 other awards in a variety
of categories (sports coverage, sports/outdoor column, sports
feature story, special sections, feature series). Sliss was also a
long-time Focal Points columnist and has been the special
sections editor for a decade. His latest challenge comes in the
form of joining the team of core staff members in launching the
paper’s online presence.
The judges said, “Todd had some tough stories to cover in 2018
and he did so very well. Such stories require working with a
variety of sources, and Todd was fair in trying to unravel the
many sides.”

2 0 1 8 B E T T E R N E W S P A P E R C O N T E S T 9
Excellence Awards
Queens Chronicle, Queens The Riverdale Press, Riverdale
REPORTING Oceanside Island Park Herald,
Christopher Barca, Ryan Brady, Simone Johnson
Mike Gannon and Anthony O’Reilly The coverage was diverse and covered a wide
DIVISION 1 Oceanside Nice use of multiple, key sources. Expert work variety of topics. The stories were told well
Excellent work. Tackled the topic from all sides following up with your sources as well. Your and flowed with numerous quotes as well.
FIRST PLACE and included strong visuals. I’m impressed by readers must be happy with your variety of The reporter also utilized an active voice.
City & State, New York the enterprise of a small staff. overall government coverage. Also, I liked
Frank G. Runyeon your localization of the school safety piece; HONORABLE MENTION
Amazing stories. The amount of research and SECOND PLACE it seemed unique to other such efforts I’ve seen. The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
good solid reporting done came through Ithaca Times, Ithaca Nicole Smith, Taylor K. Vecsey
highlighting this significant problem. Matt Butler HONORABLE MENTION
The Northport Observer, Northport and Kate Nalepinski
Good reporting and strong corroboration The ledes were excellent and really drew the
SECOND PLACE throughout the piece. David Ambro, Riverhead reader in. The stories were well told and I like
Thorough on both sides of each debate. the use of quotes. I didn’t feel like I was missing
Denise Civiletti THIRD PLACE Good ledes, great use of numerous sources and a perspective. There were some missing words
The reporter showed a great deal of tenacity Norwood News, Bronx incorporation of background. You answered here and there.
following the story and not backing down along David Cruz all the questions I had.
the way. This is a story that required digging Thorough reporting.
and to constantly stay on top of it.
The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor
Stephen J. Kotz, Kathryn G. Menu
Eastern Edition, Southampton NEWS
Cailin Riley, Joe Louchheim DIVISION 1
and Christine Sampson FIRST PLACE
Well written series of articles. It is a significant and Michael Pintauro FIRST PLACE
issue when the median value of homes Solid work. Good graphics too. The Batavian, Batavia The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
approaches $900,000 and answers the Coverage of Local Government Tara Smith, Grant Parpan,
Howard Owens
questions with options. Great job thoroughly covering important problems Cyndi Zaweski and Kelly Zegers
while making it easy to understand for a reader I enjoyed the variety of coverage and the
HONORABLE MENTION ability to make the story relevant to an
who might not be familiar with public record
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, COMMUNITY OF and open meeting laws. outsider.
Well researched. The quotes are great and the DIVISION 1 Albany Business Review, Albany The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor
details make you want to know more. Chelsea Diana The stories were interesting to read and
FIRST PLACE concise, while also not feeling as though
The cover story was strong. The topic is relevant
Manhasset Press, Manhasset and the reporter did a great job explaining why they cut out any important information.
DIVISION 2 Elizabeth Johnson decreasing international enrollment mattered to THIRD PLACE
Very well-done series on an unusual instance people beyond the university. It felt like a long
FIRST PLACE of NIMBY. Makes me want to know what and heavy read in many parts. The Q&A was Queens Courier, Bayside
The Daily News, Batavia happened next. interesting but did not showcase the reporter’s The stories each brought about a personal
writing skills. thread that helped tie the story to something
Matt Leader, John Anderson SECOND PLACE the readers care about.
and Scott DeSmit The Villager, New York THIRD PLACE
Well researched series. The writers did their Cortland Standard, Cortland HONORABLE MENTION
homework and presented it in a way that was Lincoln Anderson and Sydney Pereira The News-Review, Riverhead
engaging and informative without going over Extremely well done coverage of what appears Catherine Wilde
to be a soap opera in the local government. Great job finding a family to be the face Grant Parpan, Cyndi Zaweski,
the top into being lurid.
No afraid to add length to get all the facts to of what seems to be some strong, ongoing Tara Smith and Nicole Smith
SECOND PLACE the reader. coverage. These topics are clearly communicated It was interesting to take a topic like not
The Highlands Current, Philipstown and not bogged down by unnecessary paying taxes and be able to turn it into an
Great series and showed a wealth of excellent THIRD PLACE embellishment or information. interesting, locally connected story. That was
in-depth reporting. Loved the wide range of The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor a theme I saw in all of these stories and it made
HONORABLE MENTION it interesting to keep reading.
source material and bringing home the impact Well done, comprehensive coverage of hot
of a global environmental change. button issues that affect the reader. The Villager, New York
Lincoln Anderson, Sydney Pereira,
The East Hampton Press, Livingston County News, Geneseo Quotes should only be used as leads if the quote COVERAGE OF THE ARTS
East Hampton Matt Leader and Ben Beagle is “I’m back,” said Jesus.The protesting story is
Michael Wright and JD Allen Good tag team on covering local government. interesting, but the meat of the story gets buried DIVISION 1
Not afraid to wade deep into detail to get the by less important information. Other reporting
Solid reporting on a controversial issue.
story across to readers. is very strong, great topics chosen. FIRST PLACE
HONORABLE MENTION The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck Michelle Trauring, Annette Hinkle
Joe Werkmeister DIVISION 2 DIVISION 2 and Kathryn G. Menu
Emotional story that hits to the heart of any FIRST PLACE Dancing w/ Goliaths - exceptional writing.
parent. Structurally, the reporter buried some FIRST PLACE Recollecting - cool use of fonts/photo; great
of their best quotes. I just about lost it with the Long Island Press, Syosset Eagle Bulletin, Fayetteville writing. Legal Immigrant - cool front page
description of the father starting each day with Timothy Bolger Lauren Young layout of feature, fabulous writing. Overall-
a visit to the cemetery. This was a difficult and hard topic, but it was consistent quality in design and content.
Incredible investigation into what few local covered well and thoroughly. The journalist
entities want reported to the public. I hope included quotes from students, alumni, parents, SECOND PLACE
your readers took the time to decipher your and the school administrators. Each article was
DIVISION 3 eye-opening report and your public employees The Southampton Press-
well rounded and connected well with each other.
take the time to do better. It’s the people’s right The reporter did a great job of summarizing the
Western Edition, Westhampton Beach
FIRST PLACE to know! So much more than conventional Brendan J. O’Reilly
situation in each following article. It was fair, just
New York Law Journal, New York government coverage. and balanced. This really is an excellent coverage Consistently great writing, photos and layout.
Andrew Denney and Dan Clark of education.
Very strong, thorough reporting. SECOND PLACE THIRD PLACE
Norwood News, Bronx SECOND PLACE Syosset-Jericho Tribune, Syosset
SECOND PLACE David Cruz, Joseph Konig Oceanside Island Park Herald, Dave Gil de Rubio
New York Law Journal, New York and David Greene Oceanside Excellent writing and layout. Diverse coverage,
Colby Hamilton What put this entry at the top of the pack for Peter Belfiore, Matthew D’Onofrio consistent quality.
Good reporting, but the writing was kind of dry me was your “Snowvember to Remember”
at points. And the lede was poorly worded, and Nadya Nataly HONORABLE MENTION
piece. It must have taken what seemed like a Each story was well written and had a riveting
which set a bad tone for the rest of the piece. lifetime to pull together. I appreciated how you The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale
and engaging lede. They flowed well and gave
THIRD PLACE seemingly walked around the city to add multiple perspectives on an issue. I enjoyed the Danielle Rivera
detailed observations to the story and how fact that each story focused on a different aspect Fantastic photos and consistently well-written,
The Southampton Press- you interviewed all impacted parties. Your wide-breath coverage of the arts.
of education. One was on a prevalent drug culture
Western Edition, Westhampton Beach other articles showed real initiative in making in the schools, another on taxes and another on a
Valerie Gordon difficult interviews happen. student-organized walk-out and so on and so forth.
Good exploration of town code loopholes. The newspaper gave a well-rounded coverage of
The Smithtown News, Smithtown
David Ambro
A messy and contentious issue.

Photographer of the Year, 2018
There were 17 entries in this category
Jim MacLean is the staff photographer for The Scarsdale
Inquirer and its sister publication The Rivertowns Enterprise.
He joined the staff of the Inquirer in 2007 and has
20 years of experience overall with weekly newspapers
in Westchester County, New York.
A graduate of Fordham University, Jim has won more
than 50 NYPA awards over the years, including six in
the Photographer of the Year category and two in the
Sports Writer of the Year category.
The judges said, “The consistent, quality work, along
with a few standout images, is what helps push this
above the rest.”

Mark Gutman started at the Batavia Daily News on June 14, 1999.
Each day produces something award-winning for our readers.
Mark is tireless, taking on all assignments and also being first
on the scene for a disaster.
He has the eye for great art, he never tries to be bigger than the
moment or the story, but his images most of the time draw the
readers to the story.
Mark also captures the best moments, from a sporting event
to a graduation.
Mark does all of this while balancing a family. We are proud to have
Mark as a full-time photographer on staff, we are proud of his awards but our readers are the real winners.
The judges said, “The photographer caught several nice moments with high action and emotion — the bull rider
thrown to the ground, coaching jumping to celebrate a late basket, wrestler flexing after a win. If a couple weaker
images were replaced this could have ranked higher. “

Donna Abbott-Vlahos has been the staff photographer of the
Albany Business Review for 30 years; first shooting black and
white film before transitioning to color, then digital and
now video.
She is graduate of the University at Albany with a degree
in Fine Arts.
The judges said, “This was really close to second place, but the
entry that took second depicts a bit more emotion. Simple,
yet solid portraits and general assignment photos.
I really like the cool tones in the first two. “

Tim Lamorte has been a newspaper editor for more than 20 years,
including 19 years at The Rivertowns Enterprise. He has won awards from
the New York Press Association (NYPA) and the National Press
Photographers Association (NPPA). In the NYPA’s annual
Better Newspaper Contest, he has placed six times in the
Photographer of the Year category, including first place in 2015.
Tim has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism.
He is a lifelong resident of Westchester County.
Judges said, “A couple of really nice images that take into account real opportunities.”
Excellence Awards SECOND PLACE SCHNEIDERMAN: Strong analysis a reader
COVERAGE OF THE ARTS COVERAGE OF HEALTH, can understand, written with authority.
HEALTH CARE & SCIENCE The Daily Mail, Catskill
DIVISION 2 Timeline and Q&A provide important
Amanda Purcell and Daniel Zuckerman perspective without bogging the article down.
FIRST PLACE Fantastic and complete coverage of this
Watertown Daily Times, Watertown investigation from the beginning right on LONG ISLAND: Another solid example of
The Independent, East Hampton why a magazine-y approach often works better
Olivia Belanger through with this case. From the searching for
Jessica Mackin-Cipro and Bridget LeRoy I liked the layout of beginning the story with answers, the discovery and reporting of the than straight “dailies” for political stories.
Superb layout, writing and photos. copy flowing across two columns; it drew my details of the murder, the uncovering of all In a piece this long, I would have liked more
attention. The article is well written and those involved, to the charges. Great balance “so what” for the average voter — aside from
SECOND PLACE of the deals to deliver great coverage. The affecting the balance of power in Albany, how
captures the personality of the subjects of the
Gay City News, New York story. Photos which accompany the story are writing style keeps the readers interested and does GOP control of the nine LI seats affect
Eli Jacobson, David Kennerley, dynamic and enhance the article. Additionally, flipping to the jump a few pages deeper with me if I live on the Island? Does it influence
David Noh, Kathleen Warnock I appreciated the addition of the insert, each issue. Nice work by this team. downballot races, for example?
and David Ehrenstein “What is a Caregiver”. BELLIGERENT: Wow! Quality analysis,
Ledes weren’t quite top caliber, but overall without being over the top, that would have
writing was good. Layout was fine. Photos
SECOND PLACE Shelter Island Reporter, been at home in a national publication (it even
and design (especially front page) are great! The Daily News, Batavia Shelter Island accurately predicts Claudia Tenney’s demise).
Mallory Diefenbach Ambrose Clancy Nitpick: It could have been a take or two
THIRD PLACE Love, love, love a great historical perspective. All the pieces put together to depict the shorter and still effectively made its point.
The Riverdale Press, Riverdale This writer wisely provided a local take on the history of a home invasion - the hospital-
2Second Place: Having lived in what is now
Tiffany Moustakas and epidemic, as well as giving readers the ability ization, the death, the services and the impact
NY’s 2Second Place district from 2000-2010
Julius Constantine Motal to compare the impact on local communities on the community are all strongly written. To
(and also in the late ‘80s), I can safely say this
Great breadth of coverage, clean layout, by citing national statistics. Lots of great quotes imagine that this helpless victim had to endure
nails the way in which many people, especially
well-written content. and easy to read and understand. such violence doesn’t even allow for words. For
political leaders, now frame issues and make
the fear of the locals, to know that another
THIRD PLACE voting decisions: it’s not what their members
HONORABLE MENTION home was burglarized shortly afterward
The Altamont Enterprise and of Congress can or can’t do for the district, it’s
Ithaca Times, Ithaca definitely created emotions.
how they look to party leadership. Sherry
Christie Citranglo, Nick Reynolds Albany County Post, Altamont Boehlert’s remaining hair must be falling out.
I liked the uplifting tone of the story without Nice job!
and Jane Dieckmann sacrificing the devastating facts about the DIVISION 2
Massive content, and good. syndrome. The chosen photos helped me feel SECOND PLACE
Decent photographs. Interesting design. as if I was sitting across from the subjects of FIRST PLACE The Batavian, Batavia
the article. I like the boxed quotes. The East Hampton Press, Howard Owens
HONORABLE MENTION East Hampton MCMURRAY: Strong; there’s an art to using a
The Village Times Herald, Setauket Michael Wright, Jon Winkler political event as a jumping-off point without
COVERAGE OF THE and Elizabeth Vespe losing site of the bigger picture, and you’ve
Daniel Dunief
ENVIRONMENT Well-written articles on topics I previously did Most comprehensive of all the crime coverage. done that with authority. Writing style is
Reports on ICE detainees, narcotics busts, sophisticated without being over the top, and
FIRST PLACE not understand or even had thought about. you certainly know the issues. The piece is
Writer has a talent in translating topic for the cruelty to animals and an extensive police
The Highlands Current, Philipstown blotter. Good use of photos, good headlines. long; I hope the other candidates got a similar
general public. treatment.
Chip Rowe, Brian PJ Cronin Well done.
and Pamela Doan SECOND PLACE PIEGZA: Solid job of jumping on breaking
This entry rose to the top of a large, strong news, and kudos on linking to source material,
category because it first catches the eye with
Gay City News, New York and updating when more info came in.
its graphics and layout and then keeps the HEADLINE WRITING Duncan Osborne and Andy Humm Organization of the story is challenging for the
reader’s attention with its words. These stories This reporter gives all-new meaning to reader; the giant statement in the middle could
are comprehensive, balanced and smartly FIRST PLACE “digging” and investigative reporting. have been summarized and handled with a
written. I appreciate your breaking down Lynbrook East Rockaway Herald, Exhaustive research, well-organized, lead to link. Worth noting that not all readers
large, global issues to a local level so people great value for the reader. Nice work here. immediately understand what the NY-27th is,
can see the effect on their lives and bringing that’s easily addressed by building a map or
in many voices.
Mike Smollins THIRD PLACE linking to one.
I enjoy the wordplay and how well they describe Norwood News, Bronx
SECOND PLACE the story. I know what I am getting into when Team effort here really pays off. Broad range COLLINS MUM: Good, solid job of calling a
I start reading. Well done. spade a spade in a hard-news story. Good to see
The Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn of subject matter, in-depth reporting, large
some context from a third party, albeit a little
Colin Mixson photos well-cropped and well-played.
SECOND PLACE Good community service reporting. low in the story. The correction should
You have found truly local stories affecting Freeport Herald Leader, Freeport probably go at the top, or at least at the point
people in your community that relate to the HONORABLE MENTION in the story where the error occurred. Nitpick.
environment. I ranked this entry high not in
Scott Brinton, Nadya Nataly
New York Law Journal, New York The misspelling of a borough of 1.7 million
small part because of its entertaining style and and Jim Harmon people, “Manhattan,” is distracting.
community focus. Environmental issues don’t Great wordplay without being cheesy. Dan M. Clark, Andrew Denney,
always have to be the big-picture topics. Headlines match stories well. Susan DeSantis, Jason Grant INNOCENT: Solid analysis, and context, that
Sometimes they are a bird stuck in the ice and Colby Hamilton reads a tad long for what you’re reporting. With
or sick raccoons plaguing the community.
THIRD PLACE the fact that you’re doing ongoing coverage of
Broad range of subject matter here - solid
Nicely presented. The Daily Star, Oneonta reporting and good writing. Good package.
this important issue, you could make your life
Justin Vernold (and your readers’ experience) easier by
THIRD PLACE Clever wordplay while sticking to the point creating a timeline of who knew what when,
City & State, New York of the story. and probably capsule bios of who the key
Frank G. Runyeon, Sarah Goodyear, players — Collins, the son, the girlfriend, the
HONORABLE MENTION COVERAGE OF future mother-in-law, etc. Also, I’d put the
John Light, Jeff Coltin refusals to be interviewed up high in every
The News-Review, Riverhead ELECTIONS/POLITICS
and Susan Arbetter These headlines are fun and creative. I love story I did on this subject.
You have compiled very thorough, well- clever use of names (Dom). Watch out for FIRST PLACE
reported and cleanly written stories exploring LANGWORTHY: Solid job of reporting
wordiness which can bog down a headline. City & State, New York breaking news but would benefit from
important environmental issues and going
beyond the news to find the background and Jon Lentz, Rebecca Lewis, Jeff Coltin, including outside sources to help with context.
impact. You’ve gone the extra mile to find Zach Williams and Ben Adler OVERALL: Each piece is written clearly and
many voices coming at these issues from all OVERALL: Head-and-shoulders better than with authority. Similarity of entries — lengthy,
sides. And it’s nicely packaged with graphics. COVERAGE OF almost every other entry in this category. similar styles — is about the only thing keeping
HONORABLE MENTION CRIME/POLICE/COURTS Writers clearly know their stuff and convey it this entry from being the best in the category.
clearly and accurately, avoiding the trap that
Lake Placid News, Lake Placid DIVISION 1 affected many other entries: getting lost in
Griffin Kelly, Justin Levine distracting details. Even among a great entry,
and Andy Flynn FIRST PLACE BELLIGERENT stood out; I had to double-
This is a strong series exploring the Livingston County News, Geneseo check to make sure you hadn’t snuck a
environmental problems in the park as people Ben Beagle and Matt Leader Washington Post analysis piece into the entry.
see them. Surveying people to get their This newspaper should be proud of these
thoughts on the issues and ranking them is a reporters. They have managed to write stories
smart way to cover what is important to your to show a variety of happenings that not only
area’s residents. Each issue was then fully concern local residents and business but are
fleshed out and explored. Nice job. educational to all communities. The coverage,
from crimes like credit card skimming at gas
pumps to political bribes — well done!

Best Front Page, 2018
“Beautiful! The photos, the headers, sub-headers, stories and quotes on the front page are perfectly balanced.
The use of white space is just perfect. The articles were well written. You can truly tell
that the newspaper team truly care about their product and their community.”


“Very nice pages! Love the big photos, nice and clean with room to breathe.”


“Very enticing layouts that certainly attract the eyes of readers. Visually appealing with text that fits both
in terms of presentation as well as content. The layouts really “pop” on the page. Great job.”


“Well-balanced pages combined with effective headlines, strong story writing
and solid photos to make these pages visually appealing and informative.”

Excellence Awards
ELECTIONS/POLITICS The Riverdale Press, Riverdale The East Hampton Press, Shelter Island Reporter,
THIRD PLACE — TIE Zak Kostro and Michael Hinman East Hampton Shelter Island
JUDGE’S NOTE: I’ve recommended two Michael Wright Annabelle Woodward
Westmore News, Port Chester third-place awards in this category because OVERALL: Very nice work; there’s no weak The writer’s touch for prose and attention to
Jananne Abel and Sarah Wolpoff two entries have similar levels of quality but story in the bunch. Reporter clearly knows his detail serves the community and its religious
JUDGE’S NOTE: I’m recommending a third- are so different in nature. This is a solid group subject(s), and writes cleanly and clearly, leaders well, fearlessly touching on potentially
place award for Sarah Wolpoff for taking the of stories in essential news topics; the other is though the tops of a couple stories could have divisive political issues — like Pope Francis’
most-potentially mundane of assignments, a an outstanding one-time package. been punched up a tad, especially knowing how deviation from some traditional Catholic
school board election preview, and making it OVERALL: The newspaper touched the they’ll display in print. I also was impressed by tentpoles or the Episcopalian acceptance of
readable, useful and best of all, insightful... major basis of election/campaign coverage the ambition; unlike other papers, you went out same-sex marriage and female leadership —
readers can’t help but come away with valuable and did so in a way that was readable and and found answers (SIGNATURES) instead of in an intriguing and thoroughly non-offensive
knowledge of where the candidates stand in generally easy to follow (and though it doesn’t just running “yes, you did”/”no, I didn’t” quotes. manner. The writer clearly did her due
issues; the chart of yes/no questions borders affect the judging, the pages were well About the only thing keeping this from diligence in historical research and in so
on the brilliant. The other entries — which designed, easy to navigate and well- finishing higher is something that affected a doing portrayed the great importance these
involved local- and state-government issues — illustrated). What kept this from placing number of entries: the lack of an enterprise- congregations hold to the higher ideals of
were OK (I’m still not convinced readers higher: all the stories were essentially written driven piece. humanity within their community.
understand the “cumulative-voting” issue), off the news. An enterprise or watchdog piece
but it felt unfair that that should deny an THIRD PLACE
would have rounded off the package nicely.
outstanding school piece its due. Otherwise, this is solid work. Franklin Square Elmont Herald,
CUMULATIVE: This is probably an important
story, but the reader kinds of gets lost in the
PRIMARY: Good choice to run these side by COVERAGE OF AGRICULTURE Ronny Reyes
side, and “in their own words” is a great idea,
weeds with the procedural stuff — a clearer lede The enterprise of the writer to tackle
both in terms of fairness and minimizing FIRST PLACE revitalization and the struggles which face
would certainly help. Pulling back and clearly political rhetoric in the actual stories...
focusing on “what changes?” and “what does it
The Daily News, Batavia religious institutions in the face of social and
candidate profiles often are deadly dull, but
mean?” would have been more effective, and it these works. The Biaggi story, while full of
Jessica Dillon demographic change was an inspiring take on
would truly be helpful to have a ‘graf or two that It is not very often that a story makes me say out religious coverage. By integrating an impressive
well-turned phrases, goes a little overboard
defines “cumulative voting” — it could run as a loud, “Are you kidding?” This writer, however, amount of historical understanding and
with the quotes. That’s probably fine if you
small breakout box with each story. And if has done just that. Taken from a shop-worn research as well as the familial significance
hadn’t promised “in their own words” pieces
there’s truly some doubt about whether theme, Ms. Dillon turns the narrative upside- for Mr. Bauer and the B’Nai old-time faithful,
elsewhere in the issue. I would have liked to
cumulative voting can be done in NY, then down and tells a riveting tale of the unknown they painted an elegant picture of the changing
have seen more of the reporter putting things
THAT is the story. extents of a well-known problem. That is a gift times and reminded the reader of their former
in perspective, as was done in the piece about
and a craft. Seriously, I don’t think I could unimpeachable importance.
REFERENDUM: Good job of getting a the incumbent.
possibly be more impressed.
definition in! The Q&A section is helpful; I CABRERA: Interesting story. I would have HONORABLE MENTION
might have gone a step further and pulled that liked a little more information about SECOND PLACE Nassau Herald, Lawrence
out of the story as a timeline (focusing on the community impact/why it matters to me as a North Country This Week, Potsdam Jeff Bessen and Tyler Marko
future and ditching some of the previous stuff), resident of The Bronx — are there districts in The authors presented two brilliant stories
since a number of things have to happen going Jimmy Lawton and Matt Lindsey
your coverage area where the impact is This was a combination news-feature item on the effects of religious persecution on
forward. The amount of information after the particularly high, for example? If, presumably, individual worshipers of Judaism and Islam
jump is daunting; writing some of it as a and was presented in a compelling narrative.
there was a primary between Cuomo’s signing and showed admirable creativity in their
breakout along the lines of “here’s what key The details and statistics were appropriate
this into law and the publication of this approaches. What a gem to find Kristallnacht
stakeholders think” would reduce the chance and complementary to the overall story and,
article, were there any measurable survivors in the shadow of the Tree of Life
that people stop reading when they see a half presented in the shadow-box, made the
consequences from that. Synagogue tragedy, whose stories were
dozen people quoted back to back — sometimes, numbers stand out but still within the context
of the story. honorably and respectfully told. On the other
it’s better to back out of the trees and write DEBATE: A pleasant, readable account of a
end, the authors showed brave solidarity with
about the forest. debate. Author provides some perspective,
THIRD PLACE the Muslim members of its school district
rather than getting lost in the weeds of
VOTERS: All that, and 90% of voters didn’t The Altamont Enterprise and and tactfully addressed what was clearly a
“he said/she said.”
turn out; maybe that’s a follow-up story? Also, controversial decision to include non-Christian
maybe I missed it, but you seem to be saying BIAGGI: Nicely written results story that’s Albany County Post, Altamont holidays in the break calendar. Their non-
that current terms are staggered, but they won’t my favorite of this entry. “Pink adidas” and “Sunset on a Dairy Farmer” was a well-told and biased compassion for the oppressed is to be
be going forward. How does the village get “progressive guillotine” were nice touches, and intriguing, even a bit heart-wrenching, article applauded.
everything lined up so everyone’s term is up at the author stirs in a useful dollop of of the plight of the American farmer. The
the same time? I don’t feel like that’s well- perspective rather than simply relying on stuff opening paragraph was a great hook and the
explained in the stories I’ve read. from inside the room. I’m glad you broke out remainder of the story did not let up. The
the results of individual races -- that both statistics were equally unrelenting. The story
SCHOOLBOARD: Wow! This is the rare makes them easy to find and avoids clogging was well-organized, and the photographs were SPORTS FEATURE
multi-candidate election preview where people the story. For publication a day and a half after complimentary to the story.
who’ve read it can come away and actually the vote, I would have liked to see at least
know where the candidates stand on key issues. unofficial vote totals, and a figure on how
The yes/no grid is a master-stroke; it keeps Register-Star, Hudson FIRST PLACE
many absentee ballots are outstanding, even
candidates from all saying they’re going to
though (presumably) they wouldn’t change Richard Moody Adirondack Daily Enterprise,
simultaneously reduce taxes and improve the
the outcome. While the photo adds little to the atmosphere Saranac Lake
schools. The capsule bios are useful, as well, as Peter Crowley
of the story, the writing style provides its own
are, more importantly, the breakouts on the HONORABLE MENTIOM — TIE The headline and subhead captured the story
imagery. This writer writes with a twinkle in
bond-issue and the ELC closure. When I have Williston Times, Williston Park about the runner’s life. I loved reading the
his eye while still offering a litany of facts
multiple candidates speaking in the same story, great quotes provided by Nick’s girlfriend,
I’d write a short intro, then list the candidates Janelle Clausen, Luke Torrance, and statistics.
Danielle, throughout the story. I especially
and their quotes one by one to make it easier to Jed Hendrixon and Teri West loved the quote, “They were thick as thieves”
digest. The only part I think doesn’t do much OVERALL: A solid entry, front to back.
about how Nick and his sister Kym loved
for readers is the front-page piece; I would have * Writing is clear throughout, and reporters
running together.
just jumped right in, but this is overall the generally avoid writing longer than need be COVERAGE OF RELIGION
strongest part of your entry. Going forward, — one of my issues with election/political SECOND PLACE
based on the issues I see identified throughout coverage in general is that many writers seem FIRST PLACE
Amherst Bee, Williamsville
this package, you clearly have the fodder for to think everything has to be long.* Some The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor
some takeout(s) on a struggling school district enterprise/analysis is evident in the follow-up Patrick Nagy
Annette Hinkle, Kathryn G. Menu This sports writer was aggressive in discovering
— the inequality issue jumps out at me... and pieces; it’s the rare group entry that had topics
$30,000/month for scaffolding?? that would generally show readers something
and Michelle Trauring and writing this unique sports feature. This is
The depth of coverage provided for an truly a once in a lifetime story to be written.
they don’t already know.* If an element is
WOMEN: This is a decent election-preview impressive cross-section of different religious
lacking, it’s a watchdog piece, or at least a THIRD PLACE
story, with enough detail to give readers a sense practices is worthy of praise (no pun intended).
visible willingness to challenge some of the
of each candidate, but not so much they get
claims made by candidates or in literature. Giving voice to Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and The News-Review, Riverhead
bogged down in minutiae. The piece is a little Christianity and their local efforts to teach love Joe Werkmeister
gray and daunting; that would have been helped * TO THE EDITORS: It’s clear that this is a and understanding in the wake of the Tree of Informative sports feature story on women’s
by pulling the bio information out into a box, as well-planned and -edited publication; I never Life Synagogue shooting was outstanding, and body building.
was done with school-board candidates; learning felt like you were just winging it. the commitment to this ideal was on perfect
in the fifth stick of type that a candidate is a display with the paper’s special Holiday Book. HONORABLE MENTION
chemical engineer can distract, or worse, derail, The writing was extensive, well-sourced, and The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor
reader’s trains of thought. put forth a genuine care of all faiths without Annette Hinkle
sacrificing much-needed detail on the local Well written sports feature story about women’s
effects of an increasingly distressing national empowerment through boxing. I also loved the
backdrop. sidebar story on how boxing helps older men
and women put off the effect of Parkinson’s
Disease. I also enjoyed learning about different
boxing moves.

Best Sports Action Photo(s), 2018


“Clean, crisp action photo capturing
a unique twist on a routine play.”


“This photo is executed brilliantly and cropped
appropriately. There isn’t much wasted space
inside the frame. The photographer also did well
to track the receiver and maintain sharp focus.”


“Readers can almost feel the aching muscles
and grim determination of the lifeguard who
is the focus of the first shot. But the real
show-stopper is the action captured in the
photo of the lifeguard who is wiping out —
the brilliant colors of the water, the spray,
the board and the bikini combine with her
grimace as the wave launches her off the
board to make this the clear winner.”

Excellence Awards DIVISION 2
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck The Suffolk Times, Mattituck East Aurora Advertiser, East Aurora
FIRST PLACE — TIE Taylor K. Vecsey
Business First of Buffalo, Buffalo Bob Liepa Shelly Ferullo
I loved all of this writer’s stories, and the great Great reporting on what happened during Well-told analysis of a cultural/societal problem with
James Fink pictures and page layouts to capture the sports the scene, how the rescue occurred and what brave and compassionate characters who are in the
Good in-depth look at a team and a town on happened after it. midst of what could be described as a national youth
teams’ successes. I loved everything about this
the brink. Good use of sources, from a guy crisis. The article was accurate but poignant and told
newspaper’s sports sections, including the SECOND PLACE
working in the concession stand to league in a well-organized and emphatic narrative.
coverage on the lacrosse team’s first state
officers, and many in between. The story was
championship. The pictures did a great job of Times Newsweekly, Queens
backed up with statistics well distributed
capturing the girls’ emotion of winning the Excellent reporting on separate unfortunate SECOND PLACE
throughout the story. A good blend of business happenings. Helped answer questions the The Villager, New York
and sports reporting. state title, and the photographer also captured
players dumping the ice water jug on their reader could have and used details and quotes Mary Reinholz
to show the emotion that the community felt. The first-person account was told almost
FIRST PLACE — TIE coach. I also loved the sports story headlines,
The Highlands Current, Philipstown especially the one titled, “Put a Smiley face on dispassionately, in fine journalistic style, but still
THIRD PLACE created the proper disgust at the subject matter.
this” which referenced football player Tyrus
Brian PJ Cronin Smiley’s great performance in the game. Great Neck News, Great Neck The story came in support of those who needed
The best writing in the category, by far. The There’s just a lot to love about this Janelle Claussen it and contributed to a national narrative.
piece was entertaining, informative, colorful newspaper’s sports section overall. Good job telling the firefighter’s life story
and concise. Each paragraph made me want to in a classy and tactful way. THIRD PLACE
read the next one. Descriptive without abusing SECOND PLACE Franklin Square Elmont Herald, Elmont
adjectives. Deft use of humor. The News-Review, Riverhead HONORABLE MENTION Ronny Reyes
SECOND PLACE Bob Liepa The Examiner, Mount Kisco The article takes a microcosmic case to add depth
Albany Business Review, Albany I love the creative headlines and subheads in Anna Young and color to a larger national debate. The story was
the sports section, the sports page layout, Good spot news reporting. narrated well and cast a light where there have only
Robin K. Cooper been shadows. Sometimes a national epic must focus
including the pull quotes within the story text.
Many people have heard of Lake Placid and on the story of a single character to give the epic its
because it is a celebrity location, think of it as I love the sports teasers at the bottom of the
front sports page, to let readers know there DIVISION 3 life. Writer painted the fine detail of a mural that,
a great success story. The reporting does a good for some, is too large to grasp.
job of explaining that success doesn’t just are more interesting stories to read inside the
happen. A wide range of diverse sources sports section. FIRST PLACE HONORABLE MENTION
backed by, but not burdened by, relevant Queens Courier, Bayside The News-Review, Riverhead
THIRD PLACE Outstanding reporting of unfortunate events.
The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale Plenty of details answering reader questions. Tim Gannon
THIRD PLACE — TIE Todd Sliss and Jim MacLean Each story had a strong lede that immediately The story is fascinating and infuriating —
The Highlands Current, Philipstown Wide variety of sports coverage, including told the reader the general happenings before fascinating in the telling and infuriating in
the seventh grader participating in the state diving into specifics. The pictures were a the content. There were no photos but photos were
Michael TurtonStory captures the romance not necessary to tell the tale. It was arranged well.
of pond hockey. Nice inclusion of skaters with swimming championships. Most newspaper perfect companion.
a wide range of ages. sports sections either don’t have enough room
or simply won’t print stories on middle school SECOND PLACE
THIRD PLACE — TIE sports, so this was a refreshing change. I loved The Red Hook Star-Revue, Brooklyn DIVISION 3
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck the scorecards within the sports stories, which Brett Yates
are nice for the reader even though they are Thoughtful coverage of a traveling memorial
Joe Werkmeister The Southampton Press-
A well done look at a fascinating sport that time consuming for the writer to type. The service for a beloved local character. Nice
likely few people know about. Good detail on only aspect about the sports section I didn’t treatment of this very local story. Eastern Edition, Southampton
what it takes to excel (and not die) at this like was the yellow shading around the main Sabina Rebis, M.D.,
story headlines and on the story jump header. THIRD PLACE
kind of diving.
I believe you could just make the main
and Joseph P. Shaw
The Independent, East Hampton An admirable example of the press and higher
HONORABLE MENTION headlines larger to alert readers this is the Peggy Spellman Hoey education coming together for the benefit of their
The Highlands Current, Philipstown biggest story in your newspaper. Good job of providing the true definition of communities. Expertly laced with medical
Michael Turton HONORABLE MENTION spot coverage. It helped illustrate the scene explanations of the physical and neurological factors
A nice look at the other sport of kings, using for the reader in a neutral way detailing the driving the opioid crisis and well-sourced quotes
Amherst Bee, Williamsville supporters and critics. It also helped show
an unusual personal incident to lead into a from healthcare professionals, this extensive dive
wider explanation of a sport few people likely Patrick Nagy how it impacted people’s emotions in multiple into the causes of one of the darkest stories of our
realize still exists. I learned a great deal about Variety of sports stories in each of the three different ways and provided quotes to go times serves as a monument for 21st Century
racing-pigeons in a relatively short story. newspapers submitted to the contest. Local with that. reporting.
Close contest between this and the two sports fans in your area must love to read your
third-place finishers. sports section every week because there’s a lot HONORABLE MENTION SECOND PLACE
of content. Norwood News, Bronx Star Review, Liverpool
David Cruz and David Greene Ashley M. Casey
DIVISION 3 A good job of detailing the different tragedies Brilliantly composed. Every opinion was given
and using quotes to help illustrate the point. a meaningful platform and minor backing statistics
FIRST PLACE provided legitimacy for each. The tone was
Watertown Daily Times, Watertown
SPOT NEWS COVERAGE considerate, engaging, and original writing
Brian Kelly DIVISION 1 supported rather than defined well-chosen quotes.
And incredibly deep dive into the accident The reader is informed and given plenty to chew
surrounding Kevin Ward’s death, and how FIRST PLACE NEWS STORY on while the school board deliberates the decision.
family and friends have attempted to move on Register-Star, Hudson An important asset to the district community.
or cope with the loss. Not exactly sure of the
Amanda Purcell THIRD PLACE
word count, but this is the type of story where A great lede compelled me to read more. FIRST PLACE
too much is never enough. Great job. The East Hampton Press,
The reporter exhibited good sense to develop Putnam County Courier, Carmel
this story from the photographer’s photos. East Hampton
SECOND PLACE Mary-Margaret Dwyer Michael Wright
Photo of the farmer at the top of story captures
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady the farmer’s emotions regarding his loss.
No one should be denied clean, safe water to A well-documented story of investigative
Jim Schiltz drink, to cook, to bathe. The behavior of town efforts to hold both incumbent and prospective
The story is loaded with information officials in unfathomable to say the least.
A very good look into the lessons a longtime which answered this reader’s questions. public officials accountable. The dedication of
former coach has imparted upon his now-older Amazing story. reaching more than a dozen homes to fact-check
former players, and his legacy as a coach and SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE nomination petition signatures was laudable. The
teacher/leader of young men. Putnam County Courier, Carmel Shelter Island Reporter,
composition choice to have the candidates’ response
Eric Gross to questions, which contradicted on-the-ground
THIRD PLACE Shelter Island evidence, helped show the process of finding the
Great spot reporting. I felt like I was viewing
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady the incident as it unfolded. Annabelle Woodward truth rather than any adherence to political
Michael Macadam Fake IDs and underage drinking piece... motivations. A work done in defense of the
Death is always a hard subject to tackle, but THIRD PLACE WOW... I had no idea of what these young public trust which is worthy of recognition.
this piece is able to pull emotion out and lay The News-Review, Riverhead people deal with to obtain such identity.
it on the line. The process of ordering; the confiscation; the
Joe Werkmeister amount of teens that feel the necessity — The Times of Smithtown Township,
HONORABLE MENTION A wonderful memorium dedicated to a canine amazing story! Smithtown
Syracuse New Times, Syracuse who gave his life in service of humans. I liked
the lede, which made me want to read more. THIRD PLACE Sara-Megan Walsh and Alex Petroski
Matt Michael Extensive reporting on priest sexual abuse
A very interesting look at a minor league HONORABLE MENTION Westbury Times, Westbury with rare first-hand account, giving voice to
baseball team which split itself between two Alden Advertiser, Alden Betsy Abraham the voiceless in yet another troubled chapter.
National League East rivals this season, and “Pets4Luv” story is very well written and The reporter’s research into what happened
what to expect as the transition between the Lee Weisbeck certainly makes us feel the pressures that the and attempts to receive comments from those
clubs is made. Amazing photos of blaze. Cutline was succinct shelter, volunteers and critters, had to go involved is reflective of a professional and
and informative. through. genuine desire to show readers the truth.

Thomas G. Butson Award
for Investigative/In-Depth Reporting, 2018
“Amazing stories. The amount of research and good solid reporting
done came through highlighting this significant problem.”


“Well researched series. The writers did their homework and presented it in a way
that was engaging and informative without going over the top into being lurid..”


“Very strong, thorough reporting.”


“Excellent work. Tackled the topic from all sides and included strong visuals.
I’m impressed by the endeavor of a small staff.”

T H O M A S G . B U T S O N
This is the second year for the Thomas G. Butson Award
for In-Depth Reporting. The award was established
by Elizabeth M. Butson, former co-publisher of
The Villager and Downtown Express, in memory of her
late husband, who was a retired New York Times
assistant news editor, former managing editor
of the Toronto Star, and editor of
The Villager and Downtown Express.

Excellence Awards
Shelter Island Reporter, Ithaca Times, Ithaca
The Rockaway Times, Rockaway Nick Reynolds
FIRST PLACE Charity Robey The story is well-written, dives into the nuance
Profile of a young man with Asperger’s syndrome as he Katie McFadden of the situation and includes a range of voices.
New York Law Journal, New York This story is written in such a way that it feels
copes with the world around him and finds his Using lines from the musical instead of subheads
Jason Grant independence. Writer does a good job telling like you, the reader, were actually there at the was clever, and each fit its spot well. Great work.
In-depth look at the struggles faced by the some of the obstacles that autism has presented time the Chinese immigrants were smuggled
disabled in using the courthouse was well to the subject and how he overcame them. aboard the Gold Venture. The way the
written and riveting. The article easily incident seemed one way at first encounter
took first place in this division for its THIRD PLACE turned out to be something so much more DIVISION 6
thoroughness and heart-felt prose. Mineola American, Mineola intense. What an incredible situation. It could
Well done. be a movie. HONORABLE MENTION
Anthony Murray and Kimberly Donahue
Three-part series on homelessness, including
Ithaca Times, Ithaca
Port Times-Record, Port Jefferson panhandling at train station, the village board’s
proposal to curb the problem; and options in
The Times of Middle Country, This is a great story. The reporter did an excellent
Alex Petroski the community to help the homeless. The Centereach job of showing the reader how Oxford’s life has
While there were numerous stories such as writers present the problem well and get voices Kevin Redding changed, and how it’s not all roses. Oxford gets
this in this year’s contest, this one stood out of government and social service networks into the In this touching piece, the combination of the frustrated with his situation and his abilities.
because of the emotion. The quotes from conversation, but would have been a stronger entry by author’s quality writing, quote selection, and That he acknowledges those struggles makes
the students showed their passion and including the voice of a homeless person. sampling of experiences of the people whose him human, and that really shines through in
anger at what’s happening in society, lives Vinny Altebrando touched really capture this piece.
moving this article out HONORABLE MENTION his personality, humanity, and impact.
of the ordinary into the extraordinary. Lake Placid News, Lake Placid
THIRD PLACE The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
Kudos for the effort in researching this story
The Riverdale Press, Riverdale and keeping alive the memory of Paul Girard, believed Bob Liepa
Michael Hinman, Zak Kostro, to be the community’s ninth – but forgotten – This lively narrative is packed with interesting FEATURE SERIES
Tiffany Moustakas and World War I casualty. details and facts pulled from a variety of DIVISION 1
Aaron Mayorga sources. It is skillfully written, especially the
A well-written examination of the human powerful ledes and ending paragraphs. FIRST PLACE — TIE
cost of urban development and the DIVISION 2 Lake Placid News, Lake Placid
sometimes impossible fight against it.
Nicely done. DIVISION 5 The topic of the story was unique. I don’t think
Putnam County Courier, Carmel eSight is something that gets much recognition
The Riverdale Press, Riverdale whether it’s locally or nationally. The stories
Nice feature on father and son volunteer firefighters. New York Law Journal, New York flowed very well and it gave the history of Tina
Zak Kostro Susan DeSantis without spending too much time on the past.
Nothing better than an nice juicy scandal SECOND PLACE Very cool story! Captivating figure. The choice of quotes in the stories, especially
to liven up the page. Well done but not North Salem News, North Salem from Tina, were great and meaningful. The
dry. Got down to the marrow on this one. Jodi Weinberger SECOND PLACE explanation of eSight was easy to understand
A Starbucks barista takes a break to try her hand The Red Hook Star-Revue, Brooklyn and not overwhelming.
at organic farming - great story accompanied by Noah Phillips
DIVISION 5 great photo. Good story thoughtfully told. FIRST PLACE — TIE
FIRST PLACE The Villager, New York
The Independent, East Hampton North Salem News, North Salem Watertown Daily Times, Watertown The topic is pertinent to what is happing in our
T.E. McMorrow Jodi Weinberger Marcus Wolf country. It was a good way of taking a national
Very extensive reporting. Lengthy, but held Terrific page layout with great photos and Disappointingly weak ending but still strong topic and making it local, even though it was
my interest and gave insight throughout. well-written story about a family wedding for work by this reporter. clearly a big story for the local community and
rescue dogs. Well done! beyond. The photos add a lot of emotion to the
SECOND PLACE HONORABLE MENTION story and they’re fantastic.
Ithaca Times, Ithaca HONORABLE MENTION — TIE The Riverdale Press, Riverdale
Matt Butler The Sun & Record, Somers SECOND PLACE
Simone Johnson
Complete reporting using multiple sources. John Addyman Nice profile of a good teacher dedicated The Record-Review, Bedford
Topic challenging but efforts paid off. to his students. Gia Miller
HONORABLE MENTION — TIE Opening paragraph of the first story was very
THIRD PLACE The Sun & Record, Sodus powerful and immediately drew me in. The
Queens Courier, Bayside John Addyman graphics in each story were a nice design touch.
Compelling lede. Solid reporting with DIVISION 6
Overall a great series.
multiple sources.
HONORABLE MENTION — TIE DIVISION 3 Syracuse New Times, Syracuse Colonie-Loudonville Spotlight,
Norwood News, Bronx FIRST PLACE David Haas Colonie
David Cruz, Angel Mindanao, The Highlands Current, Philipstown I loved the angle this story took - to bring
attention to the future of I-81 in the city Michael Hallisey, Jim Franco,
Christy Rae Ammons, Michael Turton Kaitlin Lembo and Diego Cagara
through the debate that happened 50 years
Sophia Ebanks Quite coincidentally, this judge loves stories about ago when it was being planned. The piece is A mix of stories focusing on the past and present.
and José A. Giralt coincidences. This is a very interesting article that creative. It’s insightful. It doesn’t shy away The section flowed well. Liked the design of
While the lede is an attention-grabber, documents some fascinating stories. What makes it from where the media lacked in reporting back the section.
the entire story maintains intensity. even better is how statistics and theories are woven then (which hopefully won’t happen this time
Nice reporting throughout. into the article, showing how experts have tried to around). Well done. HONORABLE MENTION — TIE
explain the phenomenon of coincidence... or is it fate? Long Island Advance, Patchogue
HONORABLE MENTION — TIE This intriguing article keeps you wondering. SECOND PLACE Glenn Rohrbacker
Ithaca Times, Ithaca SECOND PLACE Norwood News, Bronx This was a good way to take something that
Nick Reynolds The Highlands Current, Philipstown David Cruz is clearly affecting the community and turning it
Great reporting about the mental health issues into a bigger project. I would liked to have heard
Brian PJ Cronin facing an under-served community and how more from parents who were affected, especially
Maybe losing is winning! This is a great article- their housing impacts their mental well-being. in the second article that talks about eight
interesting, informative and humorous! I love your I appreciated the reporter’s attention to thousand students being affected on the first day
writing style and I admire your uncanny endurance.
FEATURE STORY This was a fun article to read- Thanks for sharing
details, such as the contrast between the of school. I would like to know if the teachers
chalky patch of drywall and the rest of the had to help with before and after school care.
DIVISION 1 your experience! navy blue wall. Details like that bring the The second article could’ve been expanded.
THIRD PLACE reader right into the apartment and make the
FIRST PLACE story more powerful. He wove research into HONORABLE MENTION — TIE
Shelter Island Reporter, Albany Business Review, Albany the piece well. The subhead on social workers, Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel,
Shelter Island Michael DeMasi which there are clearly not enough of, left me Medford
The quality of writing in this article is superb. wondering why there are so few in the first
Ambrose Clancy Words are put together in such a nice way to create Christopher Carosa
place. Hopefully that’s another facet of the The topic was entertaining - I’ve never read
Slavery at Sylvester Manor. The descriptive vivid images. The article is very informative, story the reporter tackled during his a story about the history of the hamburger. The
lede of this story drew me in, telling of a with thorough statistics and quotes. Kudos for fellowship. structure of the initial story could’ve been a little
night spent in slaves’ living quarters in this a job well done!
old mansion. The writer crafted a strong different. The long, multi-paragraph, history of
story that tells of the dubious past of HONORABLE MENTION different fast food restaurants could have gone in
Shelter Island in the 17th century and The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale the middle of the story rather than the beginning.
beyond that grew to be the largest By the time we got to where it questioned who
concentration of slaves in New England.
Catherine Ferris made the first hamburger, it felt like we were
This is a touching story about love. The author’s
18 reading for a while.
writing style is easy to read and holds the reader’s
attention. This is all-around a nice story. I really
enjoyed reading it.
Sharon R. Fulmer Award
for Community Leadership, 2018
Editorial on school merger, press releases on public forum organized by The Sun, and articles about forum.
“The Sun tackled a very controversial school merger question by providing forums and the leadership to get all the information out to
both school districts, the pros and cons and the fears and hopes were all presented in a civil manner and resulted in an overwhelming
vote to go forward with the merger. Their leadership took away the rumors and gossip that might have torn the communities apart.”

Sun Community News is a community-based weekly newspaper that After many years of theoretical discussion, a feasibility study and
focuses its work on providing a number of communities with access to news and year-long meetings with an advisory committee, board members and
information from throughout the region. The paper takes its role as information community, the potential was formally raised with the community at large.
source very seriously and the publisher is keenly aware of its ability to help create This led to a great deal of fact-finding by some, emotional arguments by
dialogue, correct misinformation and share balanced information, taking into others and a number of people grappling with their thoughts.
account both facts and emotion from events, community government, local Small town identity is often centered around schools and high school
residents, breaking news events, sports and more. sports teams, so the conversations among community members and the
Education is a topic fraught with emotion. Children’s young lives and their “rival” districts are often emotionally-driven. While the merger study and
lifelong success is dependent on it. Taxpayers’ bank accounts are affected by it. many community members work to focus on the data-driven aspects of
Sports teams and community rivalries are charged by it. Local lore and family the potential merger, winning hearts and minds was the greater challenge.
history is often determined by it. Community is often defined by the local school, Sun Community News & Printing seized an opportunity.
as it is often the center of the town or village, especially in rural America.
Community forums presented an opportunity to allow many people
The mere thought of two small towns merging their schools into one is to receive information simultaneously, with the opportunity to ask
enough to make childhood worries, community emotions, long-held rivalries, clarifying questions when needed, quelling rumors and alleviating
folklore and taxpayer angst rise to the surface. And that is exactly the situation speculation. Ultimately, Sun Community News & Printing involvement
that two school districts faced in 2018. in sharing news first-hand, as well as through its papers resulted in
significant information-sharing and perceived transparency of both
the process and the officials involved.

S H A R O N R . F U L M E R
Sharon R. Fulmer was co-editor of The Review (Liverpool, NY). She served as president of the NYPA board of directors in 1994.
In recognition of the countless hours that Sharon devoted to community service, this award was established in her honor in 2008.
The award is presented with a stipend for the winner to donate to the community service project of his/her choice. 19
Excellence Awards
Duncan Osborne DIVISION 1
DIVISION 2 Everything about this series was well done — FIRST PLACE
FIRST PLACE the writing is effective and powerful; the, Riverhead
coverage is wide and in-depth, and the art aids Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot,
The Highlands Current, Maria Piedrabuena
readers in putting together a visual and better Oyster Bay Fabulous writer, persuader, and narrator. Writes
Philipstown understanding of the stories being told. The Kimberly Dijkstra of personal issues that are, in effect, issues that
Nice use of graphics and photos. topic is important and would be interesting Incredibly strong starts that kept me going we all face in our nation. From parenting in the
Very informative, great page designs. outside of the publication’s coverage area, too. throughout. Hit me in the face with the strong age of school shootings to hate speech to an
I loved every-thing about this project. argument right away. encounter with Justice Sotomayor, she can place
the reader in her shoes and see with her eyes.
Sullivan County Democrat, HONORABLE MENTION — TIE SECOND PLACE This is the very essence of writing a column. This
Callicoon The Burgh-North Countryman Sun, East Aurora Advertiser, East Aurora is also the remedy for the divisions that face us —
Patricio Robayo Plattsburgh Shelly Ferullo and Grant Hamilton to see another’s perspective in a passionate and
A sad and heartwarming topic compassionate telling, without rancor.
Pete DeMola Sucked me in right away. Great length,
done tastefully. An impressive job covering such a large issue. easy to read. SECOND PLACE
I appreciate the variety of the stories, and even Shelter Island Reporter,
THIRD PLACE within stories, throughout the package. The
The Chronicle, Goshen The Villager, New York Shelter Island
writing is compelling and made me want to
Erika Norton read more. Lincoln Anderson Ambrose Clancy
A serious topic that still seemed to have Strong writer and stronger arguments. Vivid and charming columnist who writes about
a bit of humor with it being a “pothole HONORABLE MENTION — TIE a myriad of topics and manages to draw the
watch” in general. The Jewish Week, New York HONORABLE MENTION reader into his world and see through his eyes.
The Daily Mail, Catskill His style is interesting and his subject matter is
HONORABLE MENTION Hannah Dreyfus the stuff of life and imagination. He makes me
Well-done, compelling and in-depth reporting. Raymond Pignone want to subscribe to his newspaper.
The Spotlight, Delmar Great job covering a sensitive and extremely Good work on important issues.
Michael Hallisey, Jim Franco, Kaitlin important topic. Everything about this package Had a little trouble getting sucked in. THIRD PLACE
Lembo and Diego Cagara stands out. Westmore News, Port Chester
Really nice section. Design element was Caroline Levine
great and the photos added a lot. DIVISION 2 A passionate and brilliantly-written column that
made me wish that the writer worked for my
FIRST PLACE newspaper. The fine structure and compelling
BEST OBITUARIES The Examiner, Mount Kisco argument were worthy of a writer much older
Martin Wilbur than she. She placed her quotes well and
FIRST PLACE combined journalism and opinion into a
FIRST PLACE Three really strong pieces on important topics.
Gay City News, New York phenomenal column.
The Northport Observer, Northport Really did a nice job informing the public,
Court Stroud and Andy Humm but also kept the pieces easy to read. HONORABLE MENTION — TIE
David Ambro These stories of two lives well lived make the
This series does an impressive job covering reader feel like a friend. The personal touch in SECOND PLACE Putnam County News & Recorder,
various points of the issue--whether it be Cold Spring, Putnam Valley
from officials or taxpayers on different sides.
the obituary for Bob Smith catapults this entry The Riverdale Press, Riverdale
into first. The lead is bold and gutsy, yet gentle Michael Hinman Douglas Cunningham
I appreciate that editorials and comments at the same time. The story reads beautifully An engaging and compelling style. An almost-
from candidates were both included in this Strong topics explained very well.
and blends melancholy with the joy of athletic agility in his approach to varied subject
package. The writing is clear and makes a The editorials were fun to read and
knowing this man. The story of Dick Leisch matter. There is dry humor and more than a little
somewhat complex topic easy to understand. made me think.
gives the sometimes painful history of a urgency. He refrains from preachiness but sets
community through the story of his life. THIRD PLACE before his readers definite logical-ethical
SECOND PLACE proposals of consequence.
New York Law Journal, New York SECOND PLACE Cortland Standard, Cortland
Andrew Denney Todd R. McAdam HONORABLE MENTION — TIE
The Independent, East Hampton
Clear and concise writing that provides Well written arguments about a surely controversial City & State, New York
Bridget LeRoy topic. I would like to have read at least one about
important context. I appreciate his use of Ben Adler
personal stories to convey the implications
and Jessica Mackin-Cipro something else. Great analysis and opinions on New York
of this issue. A pair of touchingly written tributes to some state politics. Writing style is persuasive and
pretty big personalities make this a strong HONORABLE MENTION evocative. Opinions are supported with political
THIRD PLACE entry. The photo at the top of the Leiber story The Wave, Queens savvy and an apparent root in the subject matter.
The Daily Star, Oneonta draws the reader’s eye and story keeps it there. Mark C. Healey Op-Eds backed by facts and fashioned by passion
Having their own words from a previous Three really strong pieces and the author did a nice are the gold standard.
Joe Mahoney and Erin Jerome interview lends an element to the story that job of making me care what he was writing about.
Obviously surrounding an important issue, most obituaries cannot produce. The story of Important information for residents of his area.
this series does an impressive job covering a the playwright benefits, similarly, from his own
sensitive topic that has very real effects on DIVISION 2
words. You come away feeling you have met
many people. I appreciate how the reporters these people.
spoke to students and got various viewpoints. DIVISION 3 FIRST PLACE
Sea Cliff Glen Head Herald Gazette, Queens Chronicle, Queens Bob Dumas
DIVISION 4 Glen Cove Very easy to read - enjoyed the insight
Peter C. Mastrosimone into neighboring areas and communities.
FIRST PLACE Laura Lane and Alyssa Seidman The bereavement piece was one of the best I’ve
The story of the former teacher was a close read judging this competition. The other two SECOND PLACE
Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic, contender in a very strong category. The were both strong. The Daily News, Batavia
Brooklyn obituary is made into a top-notch feature
Julianne McShane primarily through the reporter’s work to talk SECOND PLACE John Anderson
Great at drawing in the reader and
This series did a great job taking a national to former students and those who knew him, Queens Courier, Bayside continuing to lead throughout. Nice writing.
issue and localizing it. It was well-written even going to the funeral home. A nice story Robert Pozarycki
and laid out the struggles of refugees, who all that makes everyone remember a favorite Nice diversity on the topics, all of which were THIRD PLACE
came from different backgrounds. The way teacher in their own past. The story of the covered well. The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
the families are presented in the photos, writer brings the reader into her life and
Joe Werkmeister
along with the sections at the end of a few allows those who loved her to tell her story. THIRD PLACE Strong ability to help the reader get to
of the pieces on how to donate and help Norwood News, Bronx
HONORABLE MENTION know the subject.
people in need, emphasizes the humanity Wow. Really hard-hitting topics covered very well.
of those seeking asylum, which is obviously The Suffolk Times, Mattituck HONORABLE MENTION
an important part of telling these stories. Joe Werkmeister HONORABLE MENTION The Riverdale Press, Riverdale
SECOND PLACE Two nice tributes to people whose lives left Queens Ledger, Queens Michael Hinman
an impact. The artist story, in particular, Benjamin Fang Talented in variety of topics but also
Our Town, New York is beautifully written. Three important topics to local residents. writing styles – from easy reading to more
Michael Garofalo Well well-written and a great length. informative.
This series does an impressive job covering
a national issue locally. I appreciate the
different types of pieces included in this
package. The addition of the graphics and
the design help to make it engaging.

Richard L. Stein Award
for Overall Design Excellence, 2018
“The front page, arts and entertainment section and features really popped out on this entry.
The extra large pull quotes bring the reader into the story, while also providing a
graphic feature to the pages. The front page photos were outstanding.”


“The Southhampton Press took first because of its outstanding front pages, large, clear photos and ad
design. Its only negative came in headlines and typography where it uses too many typefaces and
styles. All three newspapers could use a larger typeface in body copy.”

R I C H A R D L . S T E I N
Richard L. Stein is the former publisher of The Riverdale Press. He served as president of the
New York Press Association board of directors in 1988. Acknowledging the countless hours
Richard has spent sharing his award-winning design talents with journalism students and
newspaper graphic designers, the NYPA board established this award in his honor in 2008.

Excellence Awards
The Independent, East Hampton The Post-Standard, Syracuse DIVISION 1
FIRST PLACE Karen Fredericks Kayleigh Tarbet
Gay City News, New York Great editorial made me laugh! The It is not the flashiest or “sexiest” ad in the FIRST PLACE
Kelly Cogswell unique drawing style really match the comments category but I could picture myself in the chair Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton
Brings important information forward and that the characters say in the cartoon. Nice job! on the lake and I felt a longing to be there. Very creative. Great use of humor. You tell it like
does so in well-written and compelling I then read Kayleigh Tarbet’s entry note that it is without making the audience feel guilty. It
columns. Speaks of issues that are important SECOND PLACE the image and headline were chosen to spark an compelled me to think about attending the event.
today and nicely blends the personal and the Ithaca Times, Ithaca emotional reaction and to encourage viewers to
political. Marshall Hopkins picture themselves living at Whiteface Club SECOND PLACE
The Bingo game board is a fun way to comment and Resort in Lake Placid. The ad accomplished The News-Review, Riverhead
SECOND PLACE on national bike sharing company LimeBike that. Good job. Michelina DaFonte
Syracuse New Times, Syracuse dropping 200 brand new yellow and green bikes Very appealing and compelling. Interesting that
Luke Parsnow all over Ithaca. If everyone in town wasn’t
SECOND PLACE you state there is a link to a sponsored video,
Taking a side and making strong points for already buzzing about the event, this editorial The Post-Standard, Syracuse but the button says “Read More.” Nonetheless,
why he believes he’s right. Offering solutions, cartoon surely got them talking. Great Lea Gonyea I wanted more.
which is critical and something I’d like to see originality! The unique “flower” element draws your eye
more of in columns and editorials. to the ad. THIRD PLACE
THIRD PLACE Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton
THIRD PLACE Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton THIRD PLACE Creative and catchy, which helped keep my
Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton Michael Paraskevas Watertown Daily Times, Watertown attention. Good visual with the corn and the
Oliver Peterson This editorial cartoon is a great commentary! It Stacey Frysinger steak. The slant on the middle text was unusual,
The art and layout of these pieces are is very creative. I love how you came up with You know at a quick glance what the ad is not sure I liked it, but I read it!
beautiful and eye-catching. The writing is these ideas of alternative forms of power to go trying to tell you. The bold blue color catches
compelling and perfectly tells local stories. with an editorial about wind farms. It is an your attention.
excellent editorial cartoon. Queens Courier, Bayside
Merrick Herald Life, Merrick HONORABLE MENTION This is an incredible reader service. It is excellent
Scott Brinton The Wave, Queens BEST ONLINE DYNAMIC AD targeted content. I hope you entered this in
Work is moving, compelling and just what Mark C. Healey category 41 because this didn’t look like an email
I want to read in a column. Informative This editorial cartoon effectively conveys the DIVISION 1 created for an advertiser.
and offers solutions and inspires emotion. message that the assistant editor is leaving The
Wave in order to embark on a new adventure. It FIRST PLACE
is truly a nice farewell. Thanks for sharing it. Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton DIVISION 2
Clean design. Images strong and support theme
of each service. FIRST PLACE
EDITORIAL CARTOON The Post-Standard, Syracuse
The Independent, East Hampton Great use of video. Great idea for non-traditional
FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE Ty Wensel revenue generation. Other than the typo, this
Eye catching visual. Like the movement. was excellent.
Williston Times, Williston Park The Daily News, Batavia Gives you time to read the ad.
Matt Bodkin John Anderson and Zach Lyman SECOND PLACE
This is a clever editorial cartoon about former A fascinating story combined with stunning THIRD PLACE The Post-Standard, Syracuse
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. visuals, compelling interviews, and strong The Southampton Press-
The artist used great techniques to sum up the use of submitted police footage, audio and
Matt Sourwine
Eastern Edition, Southampton Good use of photography. The pictures made me
political corruption charges that Mangano photos made this piece the clear winner Simple and clean. scroll through.
was facing. A unique way of telling the story in this category.
in a way that is easy to understand. Great job!
East Aurora Advertiser, East Aurora Benny Migliorino and Michael White BEST ONLINE NEWS PROJECT
Jon Penfold Solid promotional video that successfully OR PRESENTATION
Great drawing- It makes me laugh every time
Finger Lakes Times, Geneva
highlights the features of the business.
I look at it! The dollar signs around Stormy Anne Allis FIRST PLACE
are a nice touch. This cartoon is a clever idea THIRD PLACE Effectively communicates the message that
Combat Cleaning Services is veteran owned The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
that is easy to understand. Excellent job! The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
and operated. American pride. Grant Parpan
THIRD PLACE Krysten Massa, Kaylyn Ahrenstein, This is so interesting! What a wonderful way to
The Altamont Enterprise and Tara Smith and Grant Parpan SECOND PLACE document local history. I could see this expanding
Good storytelling and visuals. Watertown Daily Times, Watertown to so many fascinating people. Well done.
Albany County Post, Altamont
Carol Coogan Stacey Frysinger SECOND PLACE
Excellent editorial cartoon that really grabs A good digital ad is like a billboard. You only
have a moment to capture a person’s attention. Albany Business Review, Albany
the reader’s attention. I was blown away by
the artistic talent and all the fine details in BEST ONLINE STATIC AD From the strong images I know that Stiles is a Michael DeSocio
the drawing. The drawing is the first thing furniture store that has a low price guarantee Very well done! I appreciate the length, quick
I saw when I looked at the page, and it is so DIVISION 1 and that I can/should click on the ad to go to and interesting. I suspect the community enjoys
captivating that it led me to read the entire their website to shop. It’s simple but effective. these immensely.
editorial. Great job!
Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton THIRD PLACE THIRD PLACE
HONORABLE MENTION There is a strong focal point - it caught my Adirondack Daily Enterprise, The News-Review, Riverhead
The Altamont Enterprise and attention and drew me into the ad. I love the Saranac Lake Grant Parpan, Tara Smith
Albany County Post, Altamont wine glasses, stars and colors. It feels festive and Steve Bradley and Cyndi Murray
holiday but not too Christmaseee. I like the “Point of View” open house ad draws your This was well done. I liked the quick interviews
Carol Coogan strong call to action to Buy Tickets now. The ad
Outstanding drawing that sends a clear, interest and makes you want to investigate interspersed with the main story narration.
creates a sense of urgency by saying Seating is it more.
strong message. Drawing really expresses Limited. Lots of good stuff happening in this ad. HONORABLE MENTION
how important journalism is in our society.
Excellent job!
Well done. El Mensajero Catolico, Rochester
SECOND PLACE Annette Jiménez, Jeff Witherow,
Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton Gina Capellazzi and John Haeger
That steak artwork really sizzles - my eyes were This is an excellent example of breaking up a lot
drawn to it. “Tomorrow Night” in the strong of content into digestible parts. The mix of video
font with the red background made me wonder interviews, text and photos kept pulling me
what is going on tomorrow night and then I am through the content, but the clear breaks were
invited to buy tickets. The ad creates enough helpful. I would guess the advertising department
interest that I could click to find out what the would like to extend this to local businesses.
event is and what I would be eating, drinking
and voting on.
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
Steven Dorney
The subtle orange background and creative
22 visual makes this ad stand out on any
web page.
Best Small Space Ad, 2018


“Nice way to incorporate the brands. “Nice use of angles and color!”
Clean layout, nice use of white space..”


“Nice placement of images. “This ad is well organized and very colorful.
Good color and organization.” I imagine it stood out on newsprint.” 23
Excellence Awards
FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE The Village Times Herald, Setauket
Shelter Island Reporter, Putnam County News & Recorder, The Rivertowns Enterprise, Jay Gao
Shelter Island Cold Spring Nice job capturing the horse mid-jump.
Eleanor Labrozzi Chris Layton Jim MacLean SECOND PLACE
This photo evokes a wonderful mood of a Clean, crisp action photo capturing a unique Incredible composition and envelopment of The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
“dark and stormy night”. twist on a routine play. the entire scene surrounding the made basket. Jeremy Garretson
SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE Capturing the lightening - nice job!!
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Westmore News, Port Chester The Village Beacon-Record, THIRD PLACE
Saranac Lake Paige Tankel Miller Place The Independent, East Hampton
Aaron Cerbone Sharp photo with an interesting angle of Desirée Keegan Ed Gifford
This stunning photo tells a lot about the a key play in the game. Great focus on the middle action, while Love the mirror image of the tree in the water.
candidate and draws people into reading capturing the team as a whole. Like the
about the skier.
contrast of presumed opposing fans leaving HONORABLE MENTION
Elma Review, Elma
THIRD PLACE the stands. The Daily News, Batavia
Mark Jagord
Colonie-Loudonville Spotlight, Good job of capturing an unusual moment. THIRD PLACE Mark Gutman
Nice focus on the eye that is so intent.
Colonie The News-Review, Riverhead
Jim Franco Daniel De Mato
Great human interest photo! DIVISION 2 Great composition capturing the entire
team’s reaction.
Shelter Island Reporter, East Meadow Herald, East Meadow DIVISION 1
Shelter Island J. Heck DIVISION 2
Beverlea Walz This photo is executed brilliantly and FIRST PLACE
Pure joy! cropped appropriately. There isn’t much wasted FIRST PLACE The Villager, New York
space inside the frame. The photographer also Watertown Daily Times, Watertown Bob Krasner
did well to track the receiver and maintain Christopher Lenney The photographer captures the energy of the
sharp focus. Wonderful photo. Composition is excellent. event and doesn’t shy away from controversial
SECOND PLACE The look on the frog’s face is as entertaining as subject matter. The viewer feels that they are
FIRST PLACE that of the young lady, whose arms, the left one getting a front row experience to the event.
The Examiner, Mount Kisco in particular, are positioned the same as the The photographer had 3 submissions in this
The Southampton Press- Andy Jacobs frog’s. The photographer made the right choice category, he has a distinctive aesthetic style that
Eastern Edition, Southampton The photographer captured a great moment of by getting as low as possible to make the shot. is recognizable in each. This one was my
Wilson Green action featuring three players. I would’ve liked This photograph gives an excellent sense of the favorite of his submissions.
Very powerful photo. Love the angle and the tighter cropping, but this is still a strong photo. contest as well as capturing a single moment.
expression on her face. SECOND PLACE
THIRD PLACE SECOND PLACE The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor
SECOND PLACE The Altamont Enterprise and The Suffolk Times, Mattituck Lori Hawkins
The Southampton Press- Albany County Post, Altamont Rich Barnes The photographer benefits from a generous 6-
Western Edition, Westhampton Beach Michael Koff This is the best of a number of celebration page photo spread where she was able to take a
Valerie Gordon This photo is a staple of track and field shooting. photos in this category. Composition is full page for a photo to show fine detail and
Very well done. Nice depth of field. Well-executed. excellent, with most of the players facing never having to put more than 3 photos to a
Photo says it all. the viewer, allowing a true appreciation of page. A nice variety of subjects capturing
HONORABLE MENTION their happiness. different aspects of the event. The photographer
THIRD PLACE The Rivertowns Enterprise, appears to have given a lot of thought to each
The East Hampton Press, Hastings-on-Hudson THIRD PLACE photo and we are rewarded with a visually
East Hampton Jim MacLean The Daily News, Batavia stimulating shared experience.
Kyril Bromley Interesting moment, though I would like Mark Gutman THIRD PLACE
I like the composition, the movement. to have seen the photo cropped tighter to Good capture of the moment of triumph
eliminate distracting elements in the background. and defeat. Baldwin Herald, Baldwin
Eye catching subject matter.
Christina Daly
HONORABLE MENTION HONORABLE MENTION Nice mix of shots. The photographer does a
The Rivertowns Enterprise, The Independent, East Hampton nice job getting decent exposures considering
DIVISION 3 the dynamic range of the subject matter.
Hastings-on-Hudson Gordon M. Grant
Tim Lamorte FIRST PLACE This is a good photo. Captures a moment
The Independent, East Hampton and is well-composed. Unfortunately, it does
Great expressions and great timing!
Peggy Spellman Hoey not capture the moment that is implied in DIVISION 2
the cutline. But for that, this would have
Readers can almost feel the aching muscles ranked higher. FIRST PLACE
DIVISION 3 and grim determination of the lifeguard who
is the focus of the first shot. But the real show-
The Rivertowns Enterprise,
FIRST PLACE stopper is the action captured in the photo of the Hastings-on-Hudson
Watertown Daily Times, Watertown lifeguard who is wiping out — the brilliant colors Tim Lamorte
Daytona Niles of the water, the spray, the board and the bikini ART PHOTO A good mix of photos, both showing the staged
combine with her grimace as the wave launches drama and the less formal sometimes intimate
Wow is all I can say. This photographer took
a great picture and had great timing.
her off the board to make this the clear winner. DIVISION 1 behind the scenes of the production. I don’t
know if it was the photographer’s choice but
SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE FIRST PLACE printing these in black and white suits these
Norwood News, Bronx Queens Ledger, Queens The Rivertowns Enterprise, shots and may be superior to their color
Jeffrey Armstrong Hastings-on-Hudson versions.
Adi Talwar Playing this photo large was the key —
Beautifully taken photo. The photographer Tim Lamorte SECOND PLACE
it allowed the player’s intense concentration and Love the lighting and focus on this piece.
knew what they were doing picking the right
focus on the ball, captured in this split second, to Very nice. The Highlands Current, Philipstown
angle and having great timing.
be experienced by readers. It was a technically
Ross Corsair
THIRD PLACE difficult shot, done with a long lens but still SECOND PLACE A good mix of photos, technically well exposed.
sharply focused. Very nicely executed. The Highlands Current, Philipstown
Bayside Times, Queens Nice introduction but I believe the picture story
Michael Shain THIRD PLACE Michael Turton would be enhanced if the photos had captions.
This picture is worth 1,000 words and The Independent, East Hampton You can almost feel the fog as you look
very unusual. A very well taken photo. at this picture. THIRD PLACE
Gordon M. Grant The Rockaway Times, Rockaway
HONORABLE MENTION This is a very nice selection of photos that are THIRD PLACE Kevin Boyle
generally well-cropped and composed. All three The East Hampton Press,
The Independent, East Hampton capture moments of intense action, so crisply that
These individual photos are nothing
Gordon M. Grant even the laces on the baseball are clear as the
East Hampton spectacular, but the use of before and after
Beautiful photos - worth 1,000 words. Dana Shaw photos tell the story. I would have like to have
batter tries to square up a pitch, and individual
Love how the cardinal pops off the page. seen the photographer given credit on the page.
chunks of the infield are sharp as the runner slides
into home. Nicely done.
HONORABLE MENTION Putnam County News & Recorder,
Queens Ledger, Queens Cold Spring
Jeffrey Armstrong Chris Layton
24 A great photo, played in appropriate size — Nice angle.
though it could have been cropped tighter.
Innovative Ad Project, 2018


“I absolutely loved this booklet! I would have loved to receive
Dan’s Papers each time wondering what beautiful artwork would SECOND PLACE — DAN’S PAPERS
have been on the next issue. I loved the old photos and
description in the beginning of the book describing “Nice advertising with bright colorful photos!
how Dan’s Papers got it’s start. Great piece!” I like the font used for the stories-has a retro look.
I also like the illustrations for the stories. In some
areas of the booklet, there’s a more modern look.
I like the variation. Nice job!”


“Love the video on the home page. Layout is very nice and informative.
Good videos and information.”
“Nice modern layout! Great ads. Excellent piece!” 25
Excellence Awards
DIVISION 3 The Rockaway Times, Rockaway Our Town, New York PUBLICATIONS-NEWSPRINT
Andrew Nellen Christina Scotti
FIRST PLACE As it should, the photo tells it all. Nice job. The infographic presentation is not only DIVISION 1
Queens Chronicle, Queens HONORABLE MENTION
beautiful, but informative. Clean and bold
Rick Maiman design combined with bright colors and
The Rockaway Times, Rockaway interesting graphics make it a show stopper. The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor
A good mix of photos from different Very impressed by this special section. Good
perspectives that captured the race and Doug MacLeod
Wow. Gripping photo. HONORABLE MENTION writing by the staff, and photographs are well-
the rest of the event festivities. done and intriguing. Layout is fantastic, as is use
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady
SECOND PLACE Kathryn Hume of illustrations.
The Independent, East Hampton DIVISION 3 I like the way the graphic elements SECOND PLACE
Ed Gifford are combined to tell the story.
Long Island Advance, Patchogue
A good mix of photos that captured FIRST PLACE HONORABLE MENTION I really appreciate the hard work and dedication
the event. The Independent, East Hampton Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs the staff put into this issue regarding the
THIRD PLACE Michael Heller Marisa Scirocco and Susan Blackburn collecting of history and searching for
Powerful photographs capture the emotion photographs. IThe content of the special section
The Village Times Herald, Setauket I love this photo. I didn’t recognize the snow
and the exhaustion. is relevant to readers and personalized to the
until I was told. Beautiful image.
Heidi Sutton community.
A nice diversity of shots, technically well SECOND PLACE
done. It’s obvious the photographer has Queens Chronicle, Queens THIRD PLACE
a passion for the sea. Nice job. Christopher Barca The River Reporter, Narrowsburg
Great work! Stunning treatment
BEST SPECIAL SECTION Nice mix of content, with outdoor activities and
HONORABLE MENTION COVER recipes, as well as community events.
of a powerful photo. Hats Off!
The Independent, East Hampton
The page had a nice introduction but The Daily Gazette, Schenectady Amherst Bee, Williamsville
FIRST PLACE Good entry. Localized to the community and
I believe would have benefitted with Peter Barber
captions for the photos. May have made Baldwin Herald, Baldwin featured reporting and writing done by the staff
This photographer knew what he was after and and the community. Good use of photos.
the difference between an honorable he got it - the whole story told in photos. Jeff Negrin
mention and a top 3 pick. Horrific grief, the arrest of the owner... the Awesome color throughout. Makes me
photos a powerful and a critical component feel warm (judging this after 20 inches of snow
of this coverage. have fallen in the last three days). DIVISION 2


The Independent, East Hampton The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor The Wave, Queens
DIVISION 1 Ed Gifford Michael Heller Mark C. Healey
I really like the design and photo in the Impressive compilation of history and the paper’s
FIRST PLACE significance to the community, and the ads show
background. Perhaps a different font on the
The Batavian, Batavia bottom? The white blends in with the cookie the newspaper’s strong support for the
Howard Owens frosting too much. community, and vice versa.
The photo reveals tragedy on several levels GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION
and manages to portray all of said tragedy. THIRD PLACE SECOND PLACE
The disheveled cap, the bare feet, and the DIVISION 1 Albany Business Review, Albany The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale
billows of smoke is not just photo-journalism
FIRST PLACE Kristina Walser Todd Sliss and Ann Marie Rezen
but the stuff of art. A lot of diversity in the articles within a very
Port Washington News, and Donna Abbott-Vlahos
localized subject. Content was written by the
SECOND PLACE Port Washington Really great photo of people interacting with
staff, or by relevant community members.
The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor students. Tells the story of what I’m looking
Alex Nuñez for with the special section.
Good balance of copy and advertisements.
Michael Heller I like the original art rendering of the venue
There is something compelling about this used in this capacity because it gives a real life HONORABLE MENTION THIRD PLACE
young woman standing in solidarity but still representation of the location, so you get an Baldwin Herald, Baldwin The Somers Record, Somers
apart from the other students. The look is overview of where you are and what the area Jodi Weinberger and Tabitha Pearson Marshall
something personal, while the other has to offer. Plus it’s great art work. Jeff Negrin Good community engagement, especially with
students are clustered together. A well- I really liked the use of artwork for “My Town, business leaders contributing to the edition.
composed photo. SECOND PLACE My Vote” and the listingof a sample ballot Good use of file art to give the reader a sense
Albany Business Review, Albany inside. A minor detail, but enough to make of what occurs with Celebrate Somers.
THIRD PLACE Kristina Walser it interesting.
The Daily Mail, Catskill Great use of trending pop culture to
Jada Kitson illustrate the article. Great job! Sullivan County Democrat, Callicoon
The photo is almost too much to bear. DIVISION 2 Nice community coverage. Collaboration to
It tells a story that is heart-breaking. THIRD PLACE sell ads reflected pride in the professionals who
The color is framed so well within the The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor FIRST PLACE were featured.
blackness of the charred ruins. It is an Ted Littleford Ithaca Times, Ithaca
allegory of life and tragedy. These watercolor images evoke high end Marshall Hopkins
art for me. “I” am drawn into the story. Great shot for the Apple Harvest Festival. DIVISION 3
HONORABLE MENTION There was no question about what it was for.
Amelia Camurati Westmore News, Port Chester SECOND PLACE The Southampton Press-
Capturing the smile, the excitement, makes Richard Abel Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs Eastern Edition, Southampton
for a worthwhile photo. If being in the right Sometimes not a lot is needed to tell Tracey Buyce and Marisa Scirocco The layout is phenomenal, and I enjoy the
place at the right time is half the battle, the story. A really interesting photo of a modern bride community engagement through wedding
capturing the moment is the next half. and designs. “Real brides, real stories” is a submissions. Photos chosen for the section
huge seller for me on this one. look great and really complete the section.
FIRST PLACE Queens Chronicle, Queens Our Town, New York
FIRST PLACE Syracuse New Times, Syracuse Jan Schulman Michael Garofalo
The Rivertowns Enterprise, Rachel Barry This is a fun idea and a really good Incredibly relevant to the public, and good
Hastings-on-Hudson presentation of it. sourcing of community leaders and politicians.
This illustration for the cover of the Arts
Tim Lamorte The use of graphics to show statistics is great.
Issue is outstanding for me. I like the way HONORABLE MENTION
We’ve seen too many vigil photos but the it interweaves the graphic elements, Syracuse New Times, Syracuse THIRD PLACE
photographer caught the emotion - lighting, the use of colors, the technique.
angle and cropping all good. Greg Minix Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs
SECOND PLACE This was a really fun cover. Good use of Encouraging people to shop locally. Many great
SECOND PLACE Long Island Weekly, Mineola artwork and telling me what I was looking at. features about the business owners in the area
The Village Beacon-Record, and good art.
Barbara Barnett
Miller Place I love the clean and colorful magazine style use HONORABLE MENTION
Kyle Barr of the art in this section. Combined with the Gay City News, New York
Who wouldn’t be touched by this photo? content it creates an easy to read article.
Paul Schindler
Photographer caught the lighting and Strong features on local people making a
seized the moment. Perfect. difference in your community. Layout was
concise and easy to read.
Best Art Photo, 2018


“Just love the lighting and focus on this piece.
“Nice job capturing the horse mid-jump.”

Best Graphic Illustration, 2018


“I like the original art rendering of the venue used in this “This illustration for the cover of the Arts Issue is outstanding.
capacity because it gives a real life representation of the location, The way it divides the graphic, the use of colors,
so you get an overview of where you are and what the the delicate technique… all paired together makes
area has to offer. Plus it’s great art work.” for a bold and sophisticated design.” 27
Excellence Awards
SPECIAL SECTION Journal, White Plains
Second only by a narrow margin. Great
FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE work and beautiful pieces. The cross-culture
Sea Cliff Glen Head Herald Gazette, content, variety of topics, inviting and
The Daily Gazette, Schenectady The Southampton Press-
Well put-together, lots of great features on Glen Cove engaging photos throughout made these fun
Eastern Edition, Southampton to read. Handsome design between layout and
leaders in the business community, concise Outstanding on every page, this is the ultimate
Scott Brinton, Zach Gottehrer-Cohen,
advertising really set you apart from the pack!
and consistent layout, relevant to readers. local guide to a national event. The centerpiece Alyssa Seidman and Zoe Malin Good job!
Fantastic job all-around. was the hole-by-hole breakdown of the course, A lovely tribute to the local firefighters. The
SECOND PLACE which was a well-composed combination of histories of the department were well written THIRD PLACE
photography, graphics, analysis and information. and the historical photos added to the stories. Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs
Watertown Daily Times, Watertown But the stories about the local connections and The photos of the current firefighters and full
Large amount of community coverage of list of names was a nice, personal touch for the
Chris Vallone Bushee
history of the course were just as strong, with
different local football teams written by the staff. terrific use of historic photos. Tying everything firefighters. Well done. and Marisa Scirocco
Photos are great and used well. together was a cohesive design, by far the This product can and does serve a very
strongest design in the category. Everything fit
SECOND PLACE wide audience for its content. It is a guide,
THIRD PLACE Finger Lakes Times, Geneva a resource and a magazine all rolled into one
together visually, the design flowed from page to
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, page, with each element clear and strong. Even Mary E. Thorpe, Anne Allis, very well done seasonal magazine. Great job
Saranac Lake the index is a standout. Anyone who designs on a piece I am certain gets a lot of use
and Roxanne Ferris between issues. Fun.
Susan Moore special sections can use this section as an example With the decline of volunteerism as a whole,
Coverage in this special section was well-put of how to do it right. honoring local individuals who give of
together, and the community calendar is a great themselves is a great way to encourage others to
addition. Use of high quality photos is good. SECOND PLACE step up along with recognizing those who serve DIVISION 3
Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs selflessly. Nice job.
HONORABLE MENTION Chris Vallone Bushee and Marisa Scirocco FIRST PLACE
Finger Lakes Times, Geneva Visually stunning, the cover of this section holds THIRD PLACE Watertown Daily Times, Watertown
Mary E. Thorpe and Anne Allis up against any bridal magazine, matched by the The River Reporter, Narrowsburg Holly Boname
Localized and valuable content. It’s great to 19-page Adelphi Hotel photo package inside. The A well-done promotion of the Boys and Girls The large selection of photos throughout the
see it written by community college staff. personal stories in both the Destination section in Clubs in the area. The colorful layout and easy magazine do a great job of grabbing the
the front of the magazine and the Real Brides to read format makes the section ideal for reader’s attention and making them curious
section in the back of the magazine were inviting. getting the word out about what the clubs offer of what the story itself is on. There is also a
Much of the photography in those sections was and how people can be a part of organization. wide variety of stories that are written
impressive, as well, and the wedding details lists concisely, but detailed enough that the reader
SPECIAL SECTIONS/NICHE were an important element to include. HONORABLE MENTION is well-informed on the subject and leaves
PUBLICATIONS-GLOSSY The Independent, East Hampton feeling
THIRD PLACE The photos and artwork help make this a like they didn’t just read articles, look at
DIVISION 2 Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton stunning section. Stories were well written advertisements, or find new recipes, but had
Design and photography set this apart. The design and informative. a well-rounded experience with all three.
FIRST PLACE was cohesive throughout the section and the
Business First of Buffalo, Buffalo photos drew readers’ attention. The SECOND PLACE
G. Scott Thomas and Nancy Knight conversational writing of the capsules makes them The Post-Standard, Syracuse
Wow! What an impressive project! The more than just informational. The packages of MAGAZINE MJ Kravec and Amy Bleier Long
encyclopedic collection of information, both quotes about specific questions were a nice touch The design of this magazine is crisp and clear,
broad and deep, about school districts is a gold editorially and graphically. DIVISION 1 with a variety of content to engage readers of
mine for parents. The research that went into all backgrounds. I particularly enjoyed the
the project and the formulas used to create the FIRST PLACE candy striper story, but also found interesting
rankings shows a tremendous effort. I especially DIVISION 4 The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor tidbits throughout the magazine that left me
appreciate the FAQ that explains the formulas Keep up the great work. Your magazines and curious to do additional digging into some of
and the rankings. Just as impressive as the FIRST PLACE sections should be an inspiration for all looking the products and events.
information and analysis is the way they were Watertown Daily Times, Watertown to produce a top-shelf product with obvious
presented. Whether a graph, chart or map, the alternative and creative approaches to doing so. THIRD PLACE
Holly Boname
design was essential in providing the data in the An interesting collection of well-written stories. Hats off to your staff. Finger Lakes Times, Geneva
most readable format. Restoring the Past was a highlight among the SECOND PLACE Mary E. Thorpe, Anne Allis
SECOND PLACE stories and the photography on several stories
Port Washington News, and Roxanne Ferris
elevated them to something special. This magazine is well organized for the local
The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor Port Washington person or a visitor to the area to find new and
Much more than a guide to summer activities, SECOND PLACE You never get a second chance to make a first old favorites to check out. It has a balanced
this is chock-full of interesting stories about the Watertown Daily Times, Watertown impression. You impressed with your gate fold content of events, local features, and business
people and places that make the area special. cover and consistency throughout your entry.
The highlight is the Destination: Montauk
Holly Boname advertisements to help get a snapshot of
The homestead wedding story, with the cover A lot of attention to detail and effort. things to do on a visit to the location.
section with the whimsical map illustration Congratulations. I thought the story about where you can
photo, is a standout in this section. The package
as a centerpiece. bring your dogs on vacation was particularly
of featured wedding photography was a nice THIRD PLACE
THIRD PLACE element, as was the visual display of bridesmaids interesting and a good idea as more and
and groomsmen gifts.
The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale more people consider their pets members
Business First of Buffalo, Buffalo Lisa Bradlow and Eileen Farrell of the family.
James Fink and Donna Collins THIRD PLACE Advertisers AND readers are always looking for
The keys to this comprehensive look at Western Finger Lakes Times, Geneva something “different” from us. Unique and HONORABLE MENTION
Edition New York business development are the
Mary E. Thorpe, Anne Allis outstanding executions within this entry. Register-Star, Hudson
maps and lists of the major developments in each Thanks for the great work. Jackie Reese
area. The design is clean and inviting, giving and Alan Brignall
A solid preview section packed with information. This magazine had a good combination of
readers a clear look at an important part of their local accomplishments, things to do, and
communities. The Q&A format for the interviews with coaches
was a good idea, with some out-of-the-ordinary DIVISION 2 business advertisements. The content was
questions. well-written and the pictures were attention
FIRST PLACE grabbing.
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
Grant Parpan, Eric Hod,
Cyndi Murray, Michelina DaFonte
and David Benthal
Wow! This category division has so many very
nice publications. It literally took me three days
of hemming and hawing to narrow the field to
half a dozen contenders. Three days later I was
able to narrow the field to three as, again, I
struggled differentiating among them.
Congratulations for a piece worthy of First
Place. The cast of “characters” spotlighted
within held my attention throughout the
magazine. The photography and design were
very carefully executed. Advertising represented
world-class designs and fully complemented the
beautiful magazine. Readers should be proud to
be associated with such a beautiful product.
Best Spot News Photo(s), 2018


“The photo reveals tragedy on several levels and “We’ve seen too many vigil photos but the
manages to portray all of said tragedy. The disheveled photographer caught the emotion - lighting,
cap, the bare feet, and the billows of smoke is not just angle and cropping all good.”
photojournalism but the stuff of art.”


“Powerful photographs capture the
emotion and the exhaustion.”

Excellence Awards
FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE DIVISION 2 Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton
Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor The simple background color on this ad allows
Chris Vallone Bushee, Marisa Scirocco This section stood out among all other entries, FIRST PLACE the red cars to “pop”. The consistency in the
and Barry Potoker period! From handsome packaging, interesting Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton cars size and color draws accentuates the
Wow 188 pages - beautiful photos galore! content, and most of all a very solid advertising Gary Vacca different vehicle body styles. The red is also
effort! The final decision between #1 and #2 Such justice was done to the beautiful complemented nicely by the color choices
Mixture of basic ad design and then more
contemporary ad design. I liked the design of was difficult but it came down to “shelf-life “ photographs with the simple, clean and below.
for me and this section edged out the others. concise ad design. Striking.
the content page. Loved the consistency of the
Showcase of Homes builders/contractors. I
SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE The Independent, East Hampton
would love to eat at the Blue Hen. Enjoyed
reading the day of the life of interior designer -
Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs The Suffolk Times, Mattituck Ty Wenzel
but typo on hangar I cringed at. Great variety Chris Vallone Bushee Steven Dorney and Sonja Reinholt Derr This ad has great flow with its photo choice
of articles. A publication to be proud of!! and Samantha Nock What fun and playful content! There are really and text alignment. Great emphasis on the
Incredible one-stop shop for residents and great moments in these ads, the way the text/ logo at the top, then the angle of the road in
SECOND PLACE visitors alike. A-Z content selection and ad info plays with the imagery, pleasing color the photo drives your eye right to the list of
Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton effort made this section stand out among all schemes and an overall crisp clean design. services.
Love, love the name “Behind the Hedges. other entries. Unique approaches to design Great job!
Liked the title placement with fireplace photo and content I will borrow for my own use. THIRD PLACE
on the cover. Beautiful photos throughout. Congratulations on a very well done section. THIRD PLACE Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton
Local content/writing. Contemporary ad Handsome section. The Village Times Herald, Setauket This a well laid out, modern looking ad.
design and editorial page layout – great job! Nice reoccurring imagery and color, creating a The precise alignment of photos and text,
THIRD PLACE cohesive ad campaign. Great job fitting in so with sufficient white space, is well executed.
THIRD PLACE The Scarsdale Inquirer, Scarsdale much information and making it attractive. The whimsical script font is a nice contrast to
Sullivan County Democrat, Kathy Potter the other ad elements, and ties in with the
Callicoon Great native content piece. One of the best HONORABLE MENTION charming nature of the property.
PRICELESS - clever! Cover artwork sold, written and packaged I’ve ever seen. The Village Times Herald, Setauket
appropriate. Use of the arrow on pg5 was eye Great work on an important trend in our The black, yellow and gray ad is eye catching HONORABLE MENTION
catching, would like to have seen carried business. for not having any graphics on it. Nice use of The Village Times Herald, Setauket
through on other articles. Great job on local layout and color. The ads are playful, easy to David Ackerman
content/writing. Clean page layout. Above read and have an overall nice color scheme This is a well-organized ad using color, lines
average ad design. about them. and frames to give noticeable separation
BEST ADVERTISING between different blocks of information.
The photos provide additional visual impact.
Saratoga Today, Saratoga Springs Putnam County News & Recorder, FIRST PLACE
Chris Vallone Bushee Cold Spring The Post-Standard, Syracuse
Port Washington News, Port
and Marisa Scirocco Virginia Califano Matt Sourwine and Steve Hodgens
Washington This ad is definitely an attention-grabber.
Wow 148 pgs - glossy throughout. Mostly Elegant! Nice color scheme that goes with the
local content/writing including their intern, content. Nice eye-catching layout, very clear Caren Donatelli The diagonal edges on the large photos make
also gift guide by intern. Liked the page design and concise. Nice layout and use of space. the layout very dynamic. In addition, the large
layout/grouping for Colleens Picks pages. Cleaver use of imagery. amount of white space below draws the eye
Wide variety of content - from pets to SECOND PLACE down to focus on the typed message.
fashion. Beautiful photos! Nice ad design. Williston Times, Williston Park SECOND PLACE
A contemporary piece you should be proud of. West Seneca Bee, West Seneca
Yvonne Farley The Daily Mail, Catskill
The campaign is bright and playful. Your eye Brenda Denk
SECOND PLACE moves throughout the ads keeping you Vibrant and easy to read. The use of graphics Steve LaRowe
The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor interested in the content. I would suggest is very successful. This ad does a great job presenting a lot of
Nice upscale looking product - nice paper refining your ‘cutout’ skills as the edges of the information in a clear, consistent and easy to
stock. Great job on local content/writing. THIRD PLACE read format. The vehicle cutouts at the top
people are very harsh. In the instance of the
Clean looking page layout design - woman sitting, I would suggest doing a very The Sag Harbor Express, Sag Harbor give a clear focal point. In addition, the photo
my favorites were shellfish and sweets light fade of the background so it doesn’t Gavin Menu and Chris Lester of Mt. Rushmore and color scheme tie in
for seasons lead pages. Nice ad design - look as though she is floating in mid-air. Clever, clean layout and impactful. perfectly with the President’s Day theme.
my favorite Raphael. I wish there was an apostrophe in Don’t.
THIRD PLACE Port Washington News, HONORABLE MENTION Watertown Daily Times, Watertown
Gay City News, New York Port Washington Port Washington News, Port Brian Mitchell
Paul Schindler, Marcos Ramos Caren Donatelli Washington This ad contained such a large number of
and Donna Aceto Caren Donatelli photo and line listings that it was crucial the
The text is positioned well within the images
Fantastic job on local content/writing - Adorable! Attractive, easy to read and layout be very consistent and organized – and
and the overall ad campaign is clean, clear
keep up the good work. Consistent look attention grabbing! Great use of the the designer did a great job with this with
and cohesive.
for page layout. Nice looking ads. entire space. fonts, colors, sizing and spacing. The reader is
HONORABLE MENTION able to easily locate grocery items by section
The Spotlight, Delmar to find the information they need.
David Abbott and Martha Eriksen DIVISION 2 HONORABLE MENTION
The ads are fun and vibrant. I really enjoy the Adirondack Daily Enterprise,
Mardi Gras ad. The color scheme is successful FIRST PLACE
throughout the ad and the graphics are placed Lynbrook East Rockaway Herald, Saranac Lake
in an attractive manner, playing with the edges Lynbrook Lindsay Munn
of the ad. The information is easiest to read on Mona Waitzman
this one, not as easy on the New Year’s Eve ad. Great ad, very simple. The pink font
It’s gets lost with the image a bit. really stands out.
Glen Cove Herald Gazette,
Glen Cove
Gabriella Sobell
Catches the viewers eye.
Sullivan County Democrat,
Great use of pictures grabs the readers eye.
Albany Business Review, Albany
Kristina Walser
30 Clean layout grabs the reader’s attention.
The Suffolk Times
Accumulating 250 contest points, the staff of The Suffolk Times, led by publisher Andrew Olsen, takes home
2018 Newspaper of the Year honors. The newspaper earned seven first place awards including the
Sports Writer or the Year, Coverage of Business, Financial & Economic News, Sports Coverage, Spot News Coverage,
Best Online News Project or Presentation, Magazine and Best House Ad/Ad Campaign.

The judges said, “This work stood out amidst a talented field. Joe is able to capture the most compelling aspects of stories
that likely engage all readers, not just sports fans. His attention to details and ability to describe those details to his readers
keeps them engaged and always wanting more.” “Wow, this category division has so many very nice publications. It literally
took me three days of hemming and hawing to narrow the field to three. Congratulations for a piece worthy of First Place.
The photography and design were very carefully executed. Advertising represented world-class designs and fully
complemented the beautiful magazine. Readers should be proud to be associated with such a beautiful product.”


The Suffolk Times
The staff at The Suffolk Times earned 155 points in the editorial contest, taking them to the top.
The Suffolk Times won first place for Sports Writer of the Year, Coverage of Business, Financial & Economic News,
Spot News Coverage, Sports Coverage and Best Online News Project or Presentation.

The judges said, “Great reporting on what happened during the scene, how the rescue occured and what happened after it.”
“I loved everything about this newspaper’s sports coverage on the lacrosse team’s first championship.
The pictures did a great job of capturing the girls’ emotion of winning the state title…
there’s just a lot to love about this newspaper’s sports section overall.”


Dan’s Papers
Dan’s Papers earned 100 points in the advertising contest, including first place and second for Innovative Ad Project,
first and third place awards for Best Large Space Ad, and first place for Best Advertising Campaign.

The judges said, “I loved this booklet! I loved the old photos and description in the beginning of the book describing how
the paper got its start. Great piece!” “Nice advertising with bright colorful photos! Fonts used for the stories has a retro look.
Great illustrations for the stories. In some areas of the booklet, there’s a more modern look. I like the variation. Nice job!”


Stuart Callender Dorman established a precedent for excellence in John J. Evans is the former executive vice president
publishing when he owned the Suffolk Times (1969 - 1978) and the of Bee Publications, Inc., Buffalo.
News-Review (1976 - 1978). Dorman died in 1978, during the year Evans is a past president of the New York
he was to have served as president of the New York Press Association. Press Association and the New York Press Service.
Dorman was also president and founder of Graphics of Peconic. Acknowledging the countless hours Evans has
He was educated at Andover Academy and Harvard University. devoted to assisting NYPA members with their
Prior to purchasing the Suffolk Times, Dorman held a number of advertising programs, the NYPA Board of
important positions in the book publishing industry, including a Directors established the John J. Evans Award
ten-year stint as vice-president of McGraw-Hill Book Co. for Advertising Excellence in 1990.


1990 - The Riverdale Press 2005 - The Villager (NYC) 1991 - East Hampton Star 2006 - The Southampton Press-
1991 - The Riverdale Press 2006 - The North Shore Sun 1992 - The Riverdale Press Eastern Edition
1992 - The Riverdale Press 2007 - The Riverdale Press 1993 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 2007 - The River Reporter
1993 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 2008 - The North Shore Sun 1994 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 2008 - The East Hampton Press
1994 - The Riverdale Press 2009 - The Suffolk Times 1995 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 2009 - The Suffolk Times
1995 - The Cuba Patriot 2010 - Long Island Press 1996 - The Record-Review 2010 - Nassau Herald
1996 - The Record-Review 2011 - The Sag Harbor Express 1997 - The Record-Review 2011 - The Village Times Herald
1997 - The Record-Review 2012 - Long Island Press 1998 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 2012 - The Record-Review
1998 - The Record-Review 2013 - The News-Review 1999 - The Record-Review 2013 - TIE — The Record-Review
and The Epoch Times
1999 - The Record-Review 2014 - The Suffolk Times 2000 - The Village Times 2014 - The Epoch Times
2000 - The Sag Harbor Express 2015 - The Sag Harbor Express 2001 - The Record-Review 2015 - Dan’s Papers
2001 - The Villager (NYC) 2016 - The Sag Harbor Express 2002 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 2016 - The Sag Harbor Express
2002 - The Record-Review 2017 - The Sag Harbor Express 2003 - The Record-Review 2017 - Dan’s Papers
2003 - The Sag Harbor Express 2018 - The Suffolk Times 2004 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 2018 - Dan’s Papers
2004 - The Villager (NYC) 2005 - The Scarsdale Inquirer 31
Excellence Awards
Finger Lakes Times, Geneva DIVISION 1 Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton
Anne Allis I absolutely loved this booklet! I loved the old
Manhasset Times, Manhasset Ad is well organized and very colorful.
FIRST PLACE photos and description in the beginning of the
Yvonne Farley I imagine it stood out on newsprint. Albany Business Review, Albany book describing how the paper got its start.
Nice way to incorporate the brands. Kristina Walser Great piece!
Clean layout, nice use of white space. SECOND PLACE Great concept. Good use of photos, info graphs
Watertown Daily Times, Watertown and color. Versatile design could be used for SECOND PLACE
SECOND PLACE additional house ads. Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton
Stacey Frysinger
Putnam County News & Recorder, Nice use of color blocks. Information is well Nice advertising with bright colorful photos!
Cold Spring organized, easy to follow. Untraditional
SECOND PLACE Font used for the stories-has a retro look. Great
Virginia Califano placement The Highlands Current, Philipstown illustrations for the stories. In some areas of the
Nice way to highlight several items. of contact information is nice. Pierce Strudler booklet, there’s a more modern look. I like the
Great ad, explains what is in it for reader to variation. Nice job!
THIRD PLACE THIRD PLACE donate. Great concept.
Putnam County News & Recorder, Watertown Daily Times, Watertown THIRD PLACE
Cold Spring Stacey Frysinger THIRD PLACE The Post-Standard, Syracuse
Virginia Califano Busy but information is placed accordingly. Massapequa Observer, Massapequa Michele Sardinia
Alex Nuñez Nice modern layout! Great ads. Excellent piece!
Very clean with color in the right spots.
HONORABLE MENTION Fun photo and bright, inviting colors.
Good promotion.
Sea Cliff Glen Head Herald Gazette, Steve LaRowe The Red Hook Star-Revue, Brooklyn
Nicely executed layout. Information
Glen Cove The Spotlight, Delmar Love the video on the home page. Layout is
Mona Waitzman is easy to follow.
David Abbott very nice and informative. Good videos and
Nice photo. Copy is easy to read. information.
Great looking ad - colors, layout and artwork
all work together nicely.
Albany Business Review, Albany DIVISION 1 FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE
Kristina Walser The Suffolk Times, Mattituck Amherst Bee, Williamsville
Nice use of angles and color! FIRST PLACE Nice design layout and easy for the reader
North Country This Week, Potsdam Steven Dorney to follow for reading.
SECOND PLACE Great concept. Eye-catching and very original
Cathy Whalen, Debbie Morgan, idea. Very well done.
The Suffolk Times, Mattituck Miki Crary and Georgia Schiavone SECOND PLACE
Michael Versandi Love this. This page creates holiday cheer while SECOND PLACE Albany Business Review, Albany
Strong graphics and great use of space keep avoiding discordant clutter. Not too much of Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton Kristina Walser
this clean. Love the skull icons. anything, Take me home for the holidays! Great use of photo image! A huge challenge Design is really nice and makes the real estate
for the designer to get in all the info in an ads stand out.
THIRD PLACE SECOND PLACE organized layout and they nailed it.
Lynbrook East Rockaway Herald, Putnam County News & Recorder,
Lynbrook Cold Spring THIRD PLACE
Gabriella Sobell Virginia Califano The Independent, East Hampton BLOOPER OF THE YEAR
Love the way all of the elements work together. Making sure all the ads stayed as minimal as Ty Wenzel
possible is great. The editorial copy nicely fills Clever ad. Great photos and layout.
HONORABLE MENTION the page. It’s a wonderful page. The Post-Standard, Syracuse
The Spotlight, Delmar HONORABLE MENTION Lea Gonyea
Martha Eriksen THIRD PLACE Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton This video outtake is hysterical. Everyone has
Beautifully executed. Nice. The East Hampton Press, Great idea and execution. Fun looking at the fear of looking foolish on camera. This
East Hampton all the covers. certainly shares the “human” side.
Great theme work! Even better with the shop
local focus. The ads work together also.
Very nice. DIVISION 3 East Aurora Advertiser, East Aurora
FIRST PLACE How funny is this? How “inappropriately”
West Seneca Bee, West Seneca HONORABLE MENTION FIRST PLACE appropriate to place Rev. Robert’s photo of the
Brenda Denk The Southampton Press- The Post-Standard, Syracuse “Thinning Hair” article. The first line stating
Eastern Edition, Southampton that the problem is not only for men... certainly
Nice placement of images. Good color and Matt Sourwine and Annette Peters made me chuckle.
organization. I really like the Festival info layout. It is Great concept. The idea of “asking questions’
attractive, informative and easy to read. throughout the campaign is very informative to THIRD PLACE
SECOND PLACE The ads are nicely done too. the readers and community. Graphically The Post-Standard, Syracuse
Amherst Bee, Williamsville consistent in design and styling. Well done. Lea Gonyea
Holly Schiferle This is just silly fun, and creatively too.
Love execution of layout and use of imagery. DIVISION 2 SECOND PLACE
Watertown Daily Times, Watertown
Dan’s Papers, Bridgehampton Finger Lakes Times, Geneva “More to the Story” promotion is impressively
This is a great ad. Great photo, well written Mary E. Thorpe and Anne Allis designed. The creative is executed with
copy - well place. Ad has all the right elements Beautifully constructed with an overall style sophistication and evokes the message.
in a classy, eye-catching layout. that highlights each advertiser while still
complimenting the page. THIRD PLACE
HONORABLE MENTION — TIE Watertown Daily Times, Watertown
The Garden City News, Garden City SECOND PLACE Scott Smith
Great image and type layout. The Daily Mail, Catskill This promotional ad definitely intrigues you.
HONORABLE MENTION — TIE Steve LaRowe The photo is eye-catching. Nice job.
This page is nice because combines both useful
The Village Times Herald, Setauket seasonal information for the reader as well as
David Ackerman providing valuable sponsor advertising. It’s a
Clear message, easy to read. great annual service for the industry.
Nicely executed layout and images.
Finger Lakes Times, Geneva
Mary E. Thorpe and Anne Allis
Wow. Ads are great. Whole section stays tonally
similar. What a great, big, job”.

Best Special Section Cover, 2018


“Awesome color throughout. Makes me feel
warm (judging this after 20 inches of snow “Great shot for the Apple Harvest Festival.
have fallen in the last three days).” There was no question about what it was for. “


Editor’s Note
Members of the Wisconsin Press Association judged the contest entries in January — no small task —
there were 2,743 entries. Their thoughtful, detailed comments reflect their professional experience in our industry.
We are grateful for their time and commitment to this project, which means so much to NYPA member newspapers.
NYPA staffers Jill Van Dusen and Rich Hotaling spend hours processing entries, working with judges,
verifying the winners, creating plaques, certificates, award scripts, and creating this contest newspaper.
Thank you for your meticulous attention to detail and your good humor. You make the work fun.
NYPA’s adopted staff member, Rick Fensterer, has for decades, been the wizard behind the curtain,
converting the winning entries into four separate awards slide shows — all during his “free time.”
Thanks Rick, we couldn’t do it without you.
And to our good friends at Trumbull Printing — thank you for helping us to showcase our winners by
printing this newspaper. The newspaper is a treasure to many — shared with family, friends and colleagues
and then tucked away for safe keeping. Thank you for your quality reproduction and your generosity.
Finally, to all of the newspaper staff who entered — we know it is a time consuming job and we’re grateful that
you take the time. The contest provides an opportunity to display the powerful, impactful work being done
by community newspapers — we are proud of you and we’re grateful for the good work you do every day.

Michelle Rea — Executive Director 33

Spectator, from Fredonia Central High School,
is as Best High School Newspaper in New York State.
The newspaper staff earned 75 contest points, including the
first place award for Best Sports Story, as well as eight other awards.
The judges said, “Great writing, strong bold graphics
with nice mix of articles, stories, art, photos, illustrations,
clean fonts, all create a great feel.
Decent amount of local business advertisements.
Wonderful sports coverage too.”


Brocton Review, Brocton Central School Tarmac, Chaminade High School Brocton Review, Brocton Central School Spectator, Fredonia Central High School
Brocton High School’s students’ lives are Nicholas Plante and Aidan Fitzgerald This was a very tough category, as most of the entries Melinda Waag
certainly depicted well in this fine publication. Collage of testimonials expressing the life and were very well done. A very well-put-together
Attention to details throughout. Pull quotes newspaper, where each page had a focal point, Clearest narrative out of all the entries I
passing of Mr. Porter is extremely well done. The reviewed. Quotes from a number of relevant
within the articles and stories, strong use of incorporation of dates, times, personal emotions, dominant story and/or photo, a clear rule for
photography, left-justified column text, all columns, and nice, big, short headlines that got to sources and laid out, in a straightforward way,
real stories, photographs all help make us feel as if the injury and struggle Dalton Gardner is
paired with quality writing skills make this we knew Philip too. Moving to say the least! the point. Also, does not try to get too creative just
take first place. creative sake, just gets down to business. working to overcome.


The Phoenix, Kellenberg Memorial High School SECOND PLACE
Hewlett Spectrum, The Phoenix, Kellenberg Memorial High School Tarmac, Chaminade High School
GW Hewlett High School
Maya Tadross Jack Viscuso
Important information about mental health Maya Tadross and Sean Ronan Admirably chronicles the state-championship
Strong school newspaper. Clean, uniform look issues surrounding our youth. Oh my, did I say this was a tough category to judge?
keeps it organized. Articles are well- written This was a very close second place, as this paper winning season for the varsity soccer team.
with a great amount of student participation. Includes anecdotes from the season’s key
THIRD PLACE utilizes some of the best photography in the group,
moments and talked with a variety of coaches
Center spread is eye-catching. Use of Spectator, Fredonia Central High School and builds very nice pages around them, to bring the
occasional graphics and photos is a nice touch. readers’ eyes to the places they want them to. Only and players on the team. The story is a bit hard
Alexis Schroeder and Nathan Stuart modest issues - headlines get sometimes wordy, and to follow at times, though. Moving the most
THIRD PLACE The “he said/she said” debate on homework become sentences, and separating smaller stories on important information or events (an inverted-
Spectator, Fredonia Central High School amounts and its practicality and necessity is both the pages may have been done by bulky lines. One of pyramid story format) to the front would alleviate
Great writing, strong bold graphics with nice argumentative and yet, slightly humorous at the the rules of the category is use of color, and a shaded this issue.
mix of articles, stories, art, photos, illustrations, same time. It does prove that there are two sides or color box may bring better separation. But this was
to the coin. THIRD PLACE
clean fonts, all create a great feel. Decent one great paper to view.
amount of local business advertisements. Spectator, Fredonia Central High School
Wonderful sports coverage too.
Brocton Review, Brocton Central School Spectator, Fredonia Central High School The framework of a good story is here, especially
HONORABLE MENTION Jen Potter Great cover on each entry; uses color to separate in the first few paragraphs. Try to dig deeper,
Tarmac, Chaminade High School This certainly helps make readers have a better elements of a page, and an easy read. A little too- especially during interviews. Ask “Why” and
Talented staff of students teaming together understanding of the flu and the necessity of much switching on column sizes, and going with “How” questions, which might yield more vivid
to produce a wonderful paper. Good writing, vaccinations. more pictures instead of focusing on making the best or interesting responses. Including a variety of
topics, columns, stories, original illustrations. picture bigger and more prominent, and this would voices is good, but a more focused approach
Students should be proud. be on top. might produce a better hook for readers — giving
COLUMN them a better understanding of the behind-the-
HONORABLE MENTION scenes work athletes put in to make state.
The Courant, Commack High School William Birkdale Spectator, Fredonia Central High School
FIRST PLACE Danielle Ranucci A fitting tribute a lost student who meant much
Hewlett Spectrum, I applaud your decision to write about things that to his classmates. Jamison Horch
concern you and the people around you. Your A good job of recapping a successful football
GW Hewlett High School season, but there isn’t a clear narrative to
writing is clear and easy to understand. You do
Rachel Miller follow—it’s mostly a string of facts presented
School shootings — brings attention to an
a good job of keeping to your message and not PHOTOGRAPHY one after another. Work on establishing a story
straying off topic. What sets these apart is your
important issue. It is a real shame that young call to action in the columns. Opinion writing FIRST PLACE hierarchy and emphasizing the “Why.” Tell
people (all people really) should even have to readers why they should care about your story.
think or deal with such chaos. Side note:
does little good if it does not spark discussion Brocton Review, Brocton Central School
and offer readers opportunities to do something Ashley Zambotti
Andrea’s original illustration paired perfectly. or make change. Good job. This one checks all the boxes - Clear, clean, sharp,
SECOND PLACE cropped perfectly, gets everyone that could possibly BEST WEB SITE
Brocton Review, Brocton Central School Spectator, Fredonia Central High School have their faces in it pointed towards camera, FIRST PLACE
Tim Odell captures moment at right time.
Dominic Gullo Tarmac, Chaminade High School
A beautiful and touching piece recognizing You took some big risks here with some opinions SECOND PLACE The website is very easy to navigate, pages are
a generous community effort. Anderson & arranged at the top of the screen neatly and
Marmaduke will keep creating many smiles.
that I am sure many of your peers disagree with. Spectator, Fredonia Central High School
Your choice in defending actions of some article links flow nicely. I wasn’t able to find
controversial characters is bold, but you do a
Victoria Hennessey a link or info about a print version. Many
THIRD PLACE good job in crafting a devil’s advocate argument
Captures moment of play. Needs better processing newspaper companies are moving to web or
Tarmac, Chaminade High School and relating your opinion to broader ideas that
of dark to keep contrast but not lose detail. publishing stories in print and electronically but
Owen Barthel relate to humanity. Well done. THIRD PLACE should still give direction where to find both.
Skilled writing technique keeps this
impressive obituary both factual and THIRD PLACE Spectator, Fredonia Central High School SECOND PLACE
interesting. Well done! Tarmac, Chaminade High School Victoria Hennessey Spectator, Fredonia Central High School
Owen Barthel A couple of items kept this from being top. Some The page was very appealing, but based on the
HONORABLE MENTION Your column about Dr. Kumar was excellent.
blur in the central player. If camera would have been template used by the district. All the past issues
The Courant, Commack High School His story is very interesting and I appreciate how
raised to get more view of players. Captures emotion, available to open, but not much else for content.
Sarah Elliot is processed well.
you tied it in to your own broader experience.
Yellow Ribbon Project for fallen heroes Shorter, tighter writing, less pretentious HONORABLE MENTION
is a very respectable story. Nice. vocabulary, and empathy for your readers
will keep them reading longer. Brocton Review, Brocton Central School
Madeline Brogan
HONORABLE MENTION Clear, clean, sharp photo that is cropped perfectly.
Tarmac, Chaminade High School
Colin Capece
Your column on local youth sports was well-
written and a great topic for your audience. I am
sure many of your peers read the column and
connected to the content. Your vocabulary is
strong. Consider sticking to content that isn’t
available anywhere else (NFL sports content is
34 ubiquitous).

The Ithacan
We don’t know what to call a team that wins the same award 17 times, so we’ll
just call it the Best College Newspaper. The Ithacan earned 175 points in the
college contest, winning first place awards for General Excellence, News Story,
Feature Story, Column, Best Sports Coverage and Best Web Site.
The judges said, “This newspaper is a great read. Everything you would want in
a newspaper; features, great photos, investigative reporting, and public safety logs.
Clean design and easy to read fonts. Great editorial pages with good editorials,
letters to the editor, editorial cartoons, and editorial policy.
Classified pages are well designed. Ads stand out. Love the whole package.
There should be something in the paper for everyone to enjoy.”


The Ithacan, Ithaca College
FIRST PLACE FIRST PLACE There were a handful or times that word spacing could FIRST PLACE
The Ithacan, Ithaca College The Ithacan, Ithaca College have been tightened up to not make the sentence seem The Impact, Mercy College
This newspaper is a great read. Everything Dani Pluchinsky so broken up. Some of the pages seem a little bland, but Nicole Acosta, Steven Keehner
you would want in a newspaper; features, As I read this I could not help but feel there are some that really stand out (Food Insecurity
great photos, investigative reporting, and and Culture page, October 18). and Michael Dunnings
the swimmer’s battle the entire way to the These were topics that really hit home with me.
public safety logs. Clean design and easy to finish. It was one of the most complete,
read fonts. Great editorial pages with good well written features I read in this contest.
HONORABLE MENTION I could feel everyone’s passion on the topics in
editorials, letters to the editor, editorial The Hill News, question. That’s what I feel is sometimes lacking in
I am glad I was able to read and enjoy this other papers, when reading editorials. Well done!
cartoons, and editorial policy. Classified pages writer’s work and I encourage the writer to St. Lawrence University
are well designed. Ads stand out. Love the keep sharing the work. This was great. Lots of the stories seem very spacey where an image SECOND PLACE
whole package. There should be something or quote could have tightened it up. Story headers
in the paper for everyone to enjoy. SECOND PLACE are good as far as staying consistent, but some are
Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook
The Ithacan, Ithaca College crammed into the space provided. Tess Stepakoff
SECOND PLACE I am very sorry that this situation occurred.
Fordham Observer, Fordham University Kate Nalepinski No one should ever feel minimized, especially
I laughed all the way through as I enjoyed when it’s coming from someone who has had
Colin Sheeley and Izzi Duprey this feature. It had just the right amount of PHOTOGRAPHY
This is a good college paper. Lots of extensive experience in the competition world.
humor and told a very good story. Writer They should be bringing positivity in your life,
interesting articles, reviews, and features. took the message completely through the FIRST PLACE instead of negativity. Keep believing in yourself,
Good opinion pages with letter policy. This feature. Keep up the good work. Cardinal Points, SUNY Plattsburgh
paper does a good job covering campus issues I truly felt that in your piece.
and state and national issues. THIRD PLACE Ben Watson
Sharp clear photo that draws you into the emotion THIRD PLACE
THIRD PLACE The Ithacan, Ithaca College of the crowd. The banner is part of the photo but the The Impact, Mercy College
The Hill News, Maggie McAden eye is drawn to the faces of the protesters. Great spot Liv Meier, Nora Grace-Orosz
Two alumni farmers living their dream and news photo. Very well thought out topics. They are very
St. Lawrence University helping others at the same time. A timely concerning and you laid out ways to come up with
Nice paper. Opinion pages include policy piece with the way agriculture is being SECOND PLACE solutions-very important when writing an editorial.
and letter submission. Security blotter is kicked around right now in our country. The Ithacan, Ithaca College
important to have in the paper. Good If I could change one thing on it, I would find a way
Well written feature full of information Jordyn Congelli to localize it more. Keep it up, you are headed in the
coverage of campus and national issues. and inspiration. Well done.
Nice feature of athlete of the week.I would Great action shot catching the two players laser focus right direction.
tighten up the font. Lots of newsprint lost in on the ball. Of all the sports shots this one stood out.
the double spacing. Work on overall lay out.
COLUMN THIRD PLACE Reporter Magazine,
The Ithacan, Ithaca College Rochester Institute of Technology
FIRST PLACE Caitie Ihrig Frankie Albin and Bryanne McDonough
NEWS STORY The Ithacan, Ithaca College The only thing missing in this shot is the ball.
Mahad Olad Great shot. HONORABLE MENTION — TIE
FIRST PLACE A true story of courage and survival told by The Ithacan, Ithaca College
The Ithacan, Ithaca College the writer. The column flows excellently. A
Aidan Quigley very good job. BEST SPORTS COVERAGE
Amazing story. Writer did their research and SECOND PLACE BEST WEB SITE
got the interviews that matter. It presents a FIRST PLACE
fair account and the courage of pursuing the The Impact, Mercy College The Ithacan, Ithaca College FIRST PLACE
story is commendable. Valerie Lopez This was easily the best of the entries in terms of The Ithacan, Ithaca College
Hard story to tell but this columnist did it thoroughness of reporting and in enterprise work. User friendly website. Easy to navigate and quickly
SECOND PLACE very well. Writes with feeling and emotion The writers not only covered events but also trends find what you are looking for. Great pictures.
The Impact, Mercy College and a good deal of courage thrown in. and angles that included members of the student body The staff can connect to readers via the website,
Nicole Acosta and Matt Reich Well written piece about a story that who weren’t necessarily “student-athletes” who have social media, pod casts and more. This site provides
Well done piece. It highlights a problem. needs to be told. achieved athletic feats. The design showed a easy access for the students to get their news digitally
The quote at the beginning draws the reader willingness to take some chances, which is not a or an e-edition of the print product. Great coverage
in and the numbers show the scope of the
THIRD PLACE bad thing. Some ideas, of course, worked better of campus issues. Clean design makes this an easy
problem in the community. The parent The Impact, Mercy College than others. Very nicely done, all around. choice for a first.
mourning the death of her son puts a Nicole Acosta
human face on the tragedy. Fine job of telling a story and revealing SECOND PLACE SECOND PLACE
the transgender aspect as it developed. Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook Reporter Magazine,
THIRD PLACE Written with understanding and Chris Parkinson Rochester Institute of Technology
Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook compassion. A very good job and Nice action photo with good caption. Efe Ozturkoglu and Adam Brodack
Mike Adams a very good read. Story comprehensive and well-written. This site has a ton of great information and a wide
Well written piece with good storytelling selection of topics of interest. Lots of opportunity
elements about the professor’s experience THIRD PLACE for social interaction with readers. My concern is
being incarcerated in Cameroon. DESIGN Reporter Magazine, that the cartoon graphic element is overplayed.
Sheds important light on the issues Rochester Institute of Technology Don’t lose it just use it more sparingly and find
facing that country. FIRST PLACE Anika Talia Griffiths, Cayla Keiser pictures of real people.
Reporter Magazine, and Frankie Albin
HONORABLE MENTION Rochester Institute of Technology Nice writing here - personal, great narrative.
The Pioneer, Long Island University The color and images used in each story Good photo accompaniment. BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Angelique D’Alessandro gave each one its own identity.Some of the
Takes on an important topic about spending subheads could be more standardized but FIRST PLACE
priorities and the impact on budget decisions they all felt close enough to get away with. The Ithacan, Ithaca College
in the classroom. I really liked the fact that there were five different
SECOND PLACE social media platforms for me to view their usage.
Compass News, There are lots of gallery style photos, and many
Suffolk County Community College different subjects are covered.
Good use of images, nothing feels out of
place/unrelated. A change from the norm SECOND PLACE
can reaffirm to readers that this is a special Reporter Magazine,
edition and make them appreciate it more. Rochester Institute of Technology
Miguel Moran 35
I like the use of a social media trend. It’s something
recognizable to most people in their target audience.
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