The Queens Chronicle won a first-place award and three other honors at this year’s New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, the annual event spotlighting the best weekly publications across the state.
Our “Kids Celebrate the Mets Art Contest” took first place in the Best Newspaper Image Promotion category. That competition allowed children from all across the borough to craft pictures celebrating their favorite players and Shea Stadium, and was a big hit with youngsters and their parents. It also produced some remarkable artwork.
“‘Kids Celebrate the Mets’ — what a wonderful concept,” the judges said. “Nice way to promote the paper and to get the community’s children involved. Nice work!”
The Chronicle also won second-place honors in the Best Large Space Ad category for our advertisement for the Sheldorado home improvement company. “Good artwork, good theme, call to action — all good,” the judges commented.
On the news side, the Chronicle took third place in Coverage of Local Government. “This paper seems to be everywhere at once,” the judges noted.
The fourth award went to this editor, who won third place in the Writer of the Year category.
“Peter is a veteran journalist and it shows,” the judges said. “His writing shows breadth and a solid, professional approach to writing and reporting.”
The press association received 48 entries for Writer of the Year. Each entry consists of 10 articles. This editor submitted stories on subjects ranging from the economy and unemployment in Queens to local reaction to the terror attacks in Mumbai and a wrestling promotion featuring an actor from the Godfather movies.
“Congratulations to the entire staff for winning these awards,” Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler said. “I would especially like to congratulate Peter on getting third place for Writer of the Year.”
Entries are always judged by out-of-state press assocations to avoid any conflict of interest. This year’s contest was judged by members of the Pennsylvania and New England press associations. One hundred eighty-two newspapers from New York submitted 2,944 entries in the contest’s 62 categories.