It was a great demonstration for The Riverdale Press at the New York Press Association’s Spring Conference last weekend in Saratoga Springs, with the newspaper winning 11 state awards, including a repeat performance being named New York’s Best Newspaper.
This honor is bestowed as the Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence, which judges newspapers based on a number of categories, including news coverage and quality of writing, use of images and illustrations, community engagement, review pages, and graphic design, among other factors. . This is the second consecutive year The press won this award, having been a finalist in previous years.
Michael Hinman, the former editor of The presswas also recognized for its design work, winning the Richard L. Stein Overall Design Excellence Award.
Named after the old Hurry publisher, Hinman last won the award in 2018, though the newspaper has been a state runner-up in recent years. The newspaper finished ahead of the second The East Hampton Press and The Suffolk Times in Mattituck.
Hinman is now editor of Herald Community Newspapers, the group of two dozen Long Island-based newspapers that includes The Riverdale Press.
“I am immensely proud of our team for once again being recognized for the tremendous work they do serving our communities week in and week out,” said Stuart Richner, publisher of The press. “Never has local journalism been more important than in the past two years. Throughout the pandemic, our team of essential workers have been in communities telling the stories of our neighbours, businesses and institutions.
“Our business is proudly family-owned, allowing us to report the facts in an unbiased manner. From essential health information and school updates, to life milestone celebrations and more, we’ve got you covered.
The press also won top honors in two other categories – for Best Editorial Page and Best Newsprint Special Section. Nebraska Press Association judges described the newspaper’s opinion pages as ‘clean’ and ‘easy to read’, praising Hinman for his work ‘including different viewpoints – or, viewpoints that differ from’ editorials. written by The press.
The newspaper also won honors for best special section thanks to its election coverage ahead of last year’s June primary, which included articles by former journalist Ethan Stark-Miller, intern Jilleen Barrett and Hinman. .
“Congratulations on overcoming the political challenges of editorial and advertising to create a well-written and important publication for your readers,” the judges said. “Political ad dollars are hard to come by, (but) you made it with this section. Hope you keep posting in the future.
This is the second consecutive year The press won that category, picking it up in 2021 for its comeback issue in honor of the paper’s 70th anniversary.
“Winning awards like this is such a team effort, and comes not from a desire to win accolades, but simply from focusing on being the best newspaper for the community we love” , said Hinman, who led the newspaper to win 40 state awards during his tenure.
“I couldn’t be prouder of everyone on our team and look forward to seeing this success continue under the leadership of our new Editor, Gary Larkin.”
Finalist wins included:
• Local government coverage for Stark-Miller, Hinman and journalist Joseph De La Cruz, described as coverage that “brings the reader to complete the story inside the newspaper”.
• Election and political coverage for Stark-Miller and Hinman.
• Reporting for Hinman’s profile on old Daily News photographer David Handschuhwho was seriously injured when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on top of him on September 11, 2001.
“These 9/11 moments were captivating,” the judges said. “And the use of his quotes added wonderfully to the article.”
• Locate news photos for Hinman, who captured a flooded Major Deegan Freeway following the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the Bronx last September.
“A real news photo,” the judges said. “Between the flooded roadway and the people watching from the overpass, this shot really shows the impact of the flooding.”
The press also received honorable mentions for Stark-Miller and De La Cruz’s coverage of business, financial and economic news, while Hinman was recognized for his editorials and columns.
Overall, Herald Community Newspapers publications have won 28 state awards, placing it among the top three newspaper groups and chains in New York.
In total, more than 130 newspapers entered this year’s competition, submitting 2,481 entries in 67 categories.