News-Review honored by NY Press Association

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Jane Kirkwood off Reeves Park does her exercise stretching routine with a rubber bands in the gazebo at Reeves Beach overlooking the Sound. The photo earned News-Review staff photographer Barbaraellen Koch an award from the New York Press Association.

Times/Review Newsgroup finished third among newspaper chains in total contest points in the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were handed out at NYPA’s annual spring convention in Saratoga Springs this past weekend.

Both the Riverhead News-Review and The Suffolk Times won second place for the Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence in their respective circulation divisions.

The News-Review also walked away with second place in the prestigious Community Service Award category for its coverage of the need for a long-term pediatric care facility on Long Island.

In total, the News-Review earned 13 awards, including first place for Coverage of Crime, Police and Courts.

“The awards are a testament to how much our staff truly enjoys the role we play in the community,” said Times/Review publisher Andrew Olsen. “We also owe a great deal of gratitude to the readers and advertisers who make our work possible.”

Times/Review Newsgroup earned a total of 308 contest points, second most of any Long Island chain. The company took home a total of 29 awards.

“It’s always a great honor to have your work recognized by your peers,” said Times/Review executive editor Grant Parpan. “I’m so proud of our talented, hard working staff.”

The contest, which included 2,351 entries from 150 weekly newspapers across New York State, was judged by the North Carolina Press Association.


First Place

Coverage of Crime, Police and Courts

Second Place

Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence

Community Leadership

Overall Design Excellence

Coverage of Education

Coverage of Business, Financial and Economic News

Headline Writing

Best Column — Michael White

Feature Photo — Barbaraellen Koch

Third Place

Art Photo — Barbaraellen Koch

Best House Ad Campaign

Honorable Mention

Best Newspaper Website

Best Multi-Advertiser Pages


First Place

Overall Design Excellence


Best Small Space Advertising Campaign

Second Place

Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence

Best Front Page

Sports Coverage — Bob Liepa

Best Use of Photos Website — Robert O’Rourk and John Griffin

Art Photo — Tim Kelly

Third Place

Best Column — Troy Gustavson

Best Use of Blogs/Civic Engagement — Grant Parpan, Paul Squire and Jennifer Gustavson

Honorable Mention

Rookie Reporter of the Year — Gianna Volpe


First Place

Best Editorial Page

Best Color Ad Created by the Newspaper

Third Place

Overall Design Excellence

Coverage of the Arts — Archer Brown

Art Photo — Eleanor Labrozzi