PCLI Announces 2020 Media Award Winners and Virtual  Celebration

While the Press Club of Long Island canceled its awards ceremony this year because of the pandemic, it is celebrating hundreds of deserving journalists with the announcement of its 2020 PCLI Media Award honorees online. There are winners and finalists in more than 100 categories. The full list is available below.

In lieu of the originally scheduled event in June, this year’s winners and finalists are being featured on digital and social platforms. We ask that you post congratulatory mentions of you, your colleagues and your companies’ achievements using the hashtag #PCLIAwards. Please post photos and share links and words of encouragement in the coming days and weeks so we can highlight the important work being done across our region.

The Bob Greene Public Service Award was awarded to Newsday and the Long Beach Herald. In the large media division, Newsday won for “Long Island Divided,” a three-year investigation on racism and red-lining in the real estate industry. The Long Beach Herald won the small media division honor for its “Follow the Money” reporting on financial corruption in the City of Long Beach.

The one inductee for the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame this year is David Frothingham, publisher of Long Island’s first newspaper. Frothingham’s Long-Island Herald was first published in 1791 in Sag Harbor. PCLI placed a historic marker at the site in 2018. The PCLI board chose only one historic inductee in 2020 rather than honor living individuals who could not enjoy an in-person event with family, friends and colleagues. 

The 2020 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year honor is being shared by two young and talented journalists from the Long Island Herald: Briana Bofoglio and Darwin Yanes. Hofstra University’s Melanie Haid is the College Journalism Scholarship winner, and Adelphi University’s Christopher Alvarez is the Disability Scholarship honoree. Yaw Bonsu of Baldwin High School is the winner of the Hank Logeman High School Journalism Scholarship. 

Award Orders/Duplicates: In the past, winners would receive their plaques and certificates during the ceremony. This year, PCLI will mail the items to addresses we will gather via email. In order to streamline the process, we are also asking that all duplicate orders of plaques and certificates be placed by August 20. PCLI will then order all honors at once and ship them. To place duplicate orders use the PayPal button below and email PCLI Administrator Enza Tullo at emtc33@gmail.com.

PCLI Media Award Duplicates

About PCLI: The Press Club of Long Island is a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It is devoted to protecting and advocating for First Amendment rights, furthering ethical standards and providing ongoing training for members. The club was founded in 1974 in response to a reporter who was jailed for failing to reveal a source. To learn more, visit PCLI.org and follow @PCLI on social media.




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