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Heralds come up big in Press Club of Long Island contest 


The Press Club of Long Island released the results on Monday of the 2019 Media Awards, and the Heralds won or placed in all 10 categories that the papers entered. Awards are judged by volunteers from an out-of-state press association. 

Papers from across Long Island, including Newsday, entered the competition.

“I’m so pleased and happy and honored by our showing in the Press Club’s annual contest,” Scott Brinton, the Heralds’ executive editor, said. “It really is a testament to the talent of our editors, reporters, photographers and layout artists.”

Here’s a rundown the Heralds’ honors:

Robert W. Greene Public Service Award, Small Market, Long Beach Herald — Tony Rifilato, for his year and a half of reporting on the City of Long Beach payout scandal.

Best Community Newspaper, Third Place, Long Beach Herald — Tony Rifilato, Bridget Downes, Darwin Yanes

Cub Reporters of the Year — Briana Bonfiglio (Oceanside and Rockville Centre Heralds) and Darwin Yanes (Long Beach Herald)

Breaking News, First Place, Oceanside Herald, for “Teen stabbed in fight in Oceanside” and “Love was Khaseen” — Briana Bonfiglio, Christina Daly, Nadya Nataly, Anthony Rifilato, Darwin Yanes

Best Column, First Place, All Heralds — Scott Brinton

Best, Column, Third Place, All Heralds — John O’Connell

Crime and Justice Reporting, Third Place, Long Beach Herald — Tony Rifilato, Bridget Downes, Darwin Yanes

Editorial and Commentary, First Place, All Heralds for “State must do right by mental health patients” — Scott Brinton

Environment Reporting, Second Place, Wantagh and Seaford Heralds, for “State unveils ambitious plan for Bethpage toxic plume” — Mallory Wilson  

In-depth Series, Second Place, All Heralds, for “The Racism Around Us” — Scott Brinton, Jeff Bessen, Briana Bonfiglio, Nakeem Grant, Robert Traverso, Melissa Koenig, Andrew Garcia, Tim Denton, Nadya Nadaly, Darwin Yanes 

Neighborhood and Community News, Second Place, Franklin Square/Elmont Herald, for “More calls for increased street safety” — Ronny Reyes