by Peter C. Mastrosimone
The Queens Chronicle won four awards, for news coverage, photography and design, at this year’s New York Press Assocation convention, held last Friday and Saturday in upstate Saratoga Springs.
The awards covered work done in 2013. NYPA received 2,760 entries in 63 categories from 158 newspapers statewide.
The Chronicle’s top win was its first-place award in the News Story category. The award was given for an article in which former Assistant Managing Editor Joe Orovic examined the impact a professional soccer stadium had had on Harrison, NJ, during the debate over one that had been proposed to be built in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
“By far the best entry — well written, great facts, and told in a manner easy for the reader to understand and comprehend,” the judges said in granting Orovic and the Chronicle first-place honors in the contest’s highest-circulation division. “Gives the reader credit for being able to digest a complete story and use their own mind to form an opinion. Bravo!”
The other awards won by the Chronicle were all second-place honors.
One was in the Sports Feature Photo category, for contributing photographer Rick Maiman’s shot of boys and girls playing Little League baseball. The photo was used for the cover of the Chronicle’s 2013 Spring Guide, published April 16.
Another was in the Graphic Design cateogry, for Associate Art Director Ella Jipescu’s use of falling dominoes to illustrate criminal charges being brought against political figures. The image was used on the front page of the May 9 Southeast Queens edition, along with Editor Michael Gannon’s headline, “Who’s next?”
The judges called it a “nice use of imagery to make a strong visual point and draw the reader into the story,” and brought the falling dominoes metaphor to life.
The last award given was in the Special Sections/Niche Publications category, for the June 27 Celebration of Queens edition, which contained 13 articles focusing on job creation in the borough.
“A nuanced look at economic recovery from the ground up, focusing on job creators as the engine,” the judges said. “A great concept and great execution, community journalism that avoids cheerleading.”