The Independent came home with nine awards in assorted categories after the Press Club of Long Island media awards dinner on Thursday, June 6. PCLI is a division of the venerable national Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior since 1909.
Out of more than 700 entries from organizations as diverse as the Long Island daily newspaper, Newsday, and the television station News 12 Long Island, The Independent received two first place awards, two second place awards, and five third place awards in these categories:
Lifestyle Feature, Narrative, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, (“Donna and Gabby, Community First”), First Place
Best Use of Instagram, Social Media, Jessica Mackin-Cipro & Ty Wenzel, @indyeastend, #EverythingEastEnd, First Place
Photojournalist of the Year, Visual, Gordon M. Grant, Second Place
Best Use of Social Media, Social Media, Jessica Mackin-Cipro/Ty Wenzel/Bridget LeRoy, @indyeastend, Second Place
Arts, Narrative, Bridget LeRoy (“Jane Fonda: Actress, Activist, Octogenarian”), Third Place
Column, Narrative, Heather Buchanan, “Kiss & Tell,” Third Place
Entertainment, Narrative, Bridget LeRoy (“Things You Don’t Know About Ed German”), Third Place
Food and Beverage, Narrative, Hannah Selinger, (“Staying Power: Nick & Toni’s”), Third Place
Sports Photograph, Visual, Peggy Spellman Hoey, (“Jones Beach, Smith Point Guards Win Competition), Third Place
The other East End media organizations received a total of 10 awards.