The four newspapers in the Press Newspaper Group came home from the New York Press Association’s spring conference this weekend with 20 first-place awards in the Better Newspaper Contest, and several second- and third-place finishes as well.
The Southampton Press’s Eastern and Western editions, The East Hampton Press, and The Press of Manorville and The Moriches earned the most collective contest points of all the groups or chains of newspapers that participated in the contest, which included 170 weekly newspapers throughout the state, including the highly ?competitive New York City market. The contest covered newspaper issues published in 2007, attracting 3,455 entries across the categories. Entries were judged by the North Carolina Press Association.
The flagship paper, The Southampton Press Eastern Edition, won for advertising excellence. It also had the second most points among single-flag newspapers, and the Western Edition had the fifth most. The Western Edition also won first place for coverage of local government. The Press of Manorville and The Moriches also won for overall design excellence.
The Press’s Arts and Living section, under the direction of Associate Editor Andrew Botsford, swept the coverage of the arts category, with various editions taking first, second and third place. The Press also placed first and third in coverage of elections/politics, as well as spot news coverage and editorial writing, and first and second place for sports coverage.
The Press’s Dawn Watson won for best news story, and Andrew Keshner and Caroline Simson shared the top award for in-depth reporting. Executive Editor Joseph Shaw won for best column, and writer Jennett Meriden Russell’s editorial cartoons earned her first- and second-place awards in that category. She also placed third for column writing.
The Eastern Edition also won for best special section cover, special section, special section advertising and best advertising campaign.
Though not all South Fork newspapers entered the NYPA Better Newspaper Contest, The Shelter Island Reporter and The Sag Harbor Express not only competed but had strong showings as well.
The Express won first place in its division for best editorial page, and was fourth among single-flag newspaper across all divisions, and third for most editorial contest points. The Reporter’s Beverly Walz won for best feature photos, one of many awards for The Reporter.