Record showing for the Heralds

Newspapers earn 29 awards in annual state press contest


The Herald Community Newspapers won big in the New York Press Association’s 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, taking home 29 awards — 26 of them for editorial excellence. That was a record for the Heralds in the annual competition.

The Riverdale Press, another newspaper owned by Richner Communications Inc., the Heralds’ parent company, received four awards, including first place for Overall Design Excellence.

“It’s hard to find words to express how proud my brother Stuart and I are of our team and the excellent work that these awards recognize,” said Heralds Co-Publisher Cliff Richner. “The range of awards across so many categories is particularly impressive, and reflects our ongoing commitment to quality community journalism. 2017 was Scott Brinton’s first full year as executive editor, and he gets credit as the coach of this winning team.

“While the entire staff contributed to these awards,” Richner continued, “Mike Smollins, editor of the Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald, deserves special mention for winning the newly created Thomas G. Butson Award for In-Depth Reporting. So does Ben Strack, last year’s Rookie of the Year, who brought home the Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence in his first year as editor of the Rockville Centre Herald. I could go on, but let me just thank the entire Herald team in every department for the outstanding work they do 52 weeks a year.”

Some 156 newspapers submitted 2,783 entries to the contest. The Heralds came in second in the state among newspaper groups. In all, the Herald earned eight first-place awards:

General Excellence,

Rockville Centre Herald,

First Place

The Rockville Centre Herald