Long Island Press Wins 3 Press Club of Long Island Awards

May’s “Evening With a Star” Chef Marco Pellegrini, executive chef and co-owner of Osteria Umbra, and Nancy Vallarella. (Photo by Ed Shin)

The Press Club of Long Island honored Long Island Press with three awards for the publication’s coverage of crime, technology, and commentary in the organization’s annual media awards contest.

PCLI, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced the winners on its website on May 28, forgoing the usual in-person ceremony, as the group had done last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The honors come after Schneps Media, the parent company of Long Island Press, recently won a total of 49 awards in the New York Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

Placing second in PCLI’s crime and justice reporting category was Maureen Ledden Rossi’s story “Long Island’s Human Trafficking Crisis Thrives in Shadows” about the hidden realities of human trafficking for sex and labor in the region.

Tim Bolger, Long Island Press‘ editor in chief, earned second in the commentary category for his editorial “Media Blaming: Not a Coronavirus Cure” urging people not to treat coronavirus coverage as fake news at the height of the pandemic.

Bolger and Long Island Press business reporter, Claude Solnik, also placed second in PCLI’s science and technology category with their piece, “LI Innovators Wield Sharp Minds, Cutting-edge Tech in War on Coronavirus,” about local doctors and scientists who crafted new technologies in response to Covid-19.

Long Island Press‘ sister publication, Dan’s Papers, which covers the East End, took home five awards in the contest for its coverage of local news, history, and the arts. Bolger, editor in chief of Dan’s, placed first in PCLI’s transportation category for his story “Is Change in The Air at East Hampton Airport?” about the debate over potentially closing the facility.

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