Labeled “Newton’s First Law of Motion,” this photo by Riyad Hasan of a tree stump and a passing bus on 69th Road in Forest Hills was a judge’s favorite, and helped the Chronicle win first place in the Picture Story category. The winning collection examined whether beauty remained in the remnants of trees destroyed by the tornadoes of Sept. 16.
It’s official — the Queens Chronicle reception area is completely out of wall space for awards in journalism and advertising. We knew it was coming, as we only had room for two more.
But after last weekend’s New York Press Association spring convention and Better Newspaper Contest, we’re going to have to find more wall space. This year the Chronicle took home eight prestigious NYPA awards in everything from news reporting to advertising excellence.
“I’m proud of the whole staff for winning eight awards,” Publisher Mark Weidler said. “I’m especially proud that all departments won awards, including editorial, photography, art and sales.”
For the second year in a row, the paper took first place in the Best Large Space Ad category, this year for Art Director Jan Schulman’s advertisement for Villaggio Ristorante in Whitestone.
Also in advertising, the combined efforts of Schulman and Account Executive Donna DeCarolis-Folias won second place in the Multi-Advertiser Pages category for the Taste of Sunnyside ad section. The judges said they appreciated the map the ad wrapped around.
On the news side, the Chronicle won first place in the Picture Story category for its artistic depiction of tree stumps left over after the tornadoes that decimated trees across the borough last September.
The project was a combined effort of contributing photographers Riyad Hasan, Steve Malecki and Steve Fisher, as well as this editor.
“It takes talent to make something like tree stumps so visually stunning,” the judge said. “The picture titles were clever as well. The first photo is my favorite, of course.”
Another first place award was won in the Special Section category. That one recognized the paper’s Celebration of Queens issue, which highlighted dozens of individuals and organizations.
“Great content,” the judge said. “If this was my community newspaper, I would read it from front to back. Nicely designed. Good ads.”
The paper also won second place in Best Special Section Cover for that edition.
Another second place win was garnered by the paper’s coverage of crime, police and the courts. The judges said the paper did a good job covering issues specific to the community — exactly our mission.
The Chronicle also won third place for its editorials. In that category, the contest requires the submission of three entries. The paper won with editorials arguing against the use of racial quotas to staff the FDNY, advocating a slowdown on development in Flushing and looking forward to the long-delayed redevelopment of Aqueduct Race Track while criticizing the inept process that got us there.
The last award was an honorable mention that went to reporter AnnMarie Costella, now an assistant editor, in the In-depth Reporting category. Costella won for the stories she wrote after the earthquake in Haiti, focusing on the Haitian-American community in southeastern Queens.
We look forward to needing even more space next year, and thank our readers and advertisers for their continuing support.