By Angela Susan Anton
We have done it again! For the second time in recent weeks, our editors have been honored for their work.
The Fair Media Council, a Long Island-based group that for the past 35 years has worked to show nonprofits and other organizations how to get their message out in the media, is a strong advocate for high-quality local journalism. The council’s annual awards luncheon—this year held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury—draws media from around Long Island and New York City as the coveted Folio Awards are conferred for Best in Local News.
Among the 2014 winners were three editors at Anton Community Newspapers:
•Rich Forestano won the category, Feature Story (under 2,000 words) for his article about a World War II veteran who only recently received his medals, “Mineola Man Gets What’s Rightfully His After Six Decades.”
•Jaclyn Gallucci took the top prize for Local Election News with her article on the use of websites and social media in last year’s Nassau County Executive race, “Web Politicking: Suozzi vs. Mangano.”
•John Owens won for Editorial writing for his piece about so-called “school reform,” “They’re Drowning Our Kids in Snake Oil.”
I am proud of these achievements and delighted with the recognition of the talent and hard work our staff puts into every page we publish. But even more important is what this means for you, our readers. I believe that these and other recent accolades signal our ever-improving coverage of the people, events and issues in your community. After all, the opportunity to provide you with important local news week after week is our greatest prize.
Angela Susan Anton is publisher of Anton Community Newspapers.