The Press Club of Long Island has been named a National Large Chapter of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The honor was announced today at SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans.
PCLI shares the recognition this year with Florida’s pro chapter.
PCLI was runner-up for National Chapter of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
The chapter’s student outreach committee, which has conducted dozens of presentations in local high schools and colleges, was the driving force behind this year’s honor, according to SPJ President Paul Fletcher, who presented the honor to PCLI President Chris Vaccaro at the conference.
“This is a tremendous honor that we do not take lightly,” said Vaccaro. “It has been our goal to stand tall among the best SPJ chapters in the country and today we achieved that. We will continue to work extremely hard on behalf of our members and journalism on Long Island.”