WOODBURY (JUNE 5, 2014) — The Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced winners in more than 80 categories of its 2014 Media Awards contest at its annual awards dinner June 5 at the Woodbury Country Club.

The Robert W. Greene Public Service Award was presented to Newsday for an investigative project about police misconduct across Long Island. The nine-month investigation found that Long Island law enforcement agencies had breached the trust of the citizens they are paid to protect by using New York State’s officer privacy law to hide egregious cases of police misconduct, including falsifying reports and shooting innocent people.

The Outstanding Long Island Journalist Award was presented to former New York Post reporter Kieran Crowley for achievement over his career. Crowley is a New York Times bestselling author who worked for the Post for 36 years and covered Long Island for more than 20 years before retiring last year. The award is the highest honor awarded to an individual by PCLI, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014.

Crowley was joined by the previous winners of the Outstanding Long Island Journalist Award in being inducted into PCLI’s new Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame at Thursday’s event. Walt Whitman, founder of The Long-Islander, was inducted as a historic journalism figure.

Shannan Ferry of Hofstra University was the College Journalism Scholarship winner, receiving $1,000, and Brianne Garrett of Bay Shore High School won the $2,000 News 12 Long Island/Hank Logeman High School Journalism Award.

The Long Beach Herald was named Best Community Weekly Newspaper, followed by The Manhasset Press and Port Washington News.

PCLI members also elected the club’s leadership for 2014-2015. The officers are:

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  • Chris R. Vaccaro, President, The Topps Company/Hofstra University
  • Bill Bleyer, Vice President, Newsday
  • Dominick Miserandino, Treasurer, TheCelebrityCafe.com
  • Diana DeRosa, Secretary, Press Link

Additionally, Nicole Brewer of Hamptons.com and David North, of David North Media/WALK-FM, were elected to two-year terms on the board. David Reich-Hale of Newsday; Sandra Mardenfeld of LIU Post; Tim Bolger of the Long Island Press; Jamie Lynn Ryan of Neighborhood News and Carl Corry of Newsday were elected to one-year terms.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization with 60 pro chapters and 250 student chapters nationwide. It is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.


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