Heralds recognized for newspaper excellence

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“I’m so proud of all the work our entire editorial staff puts in every week,” said John O’Connell, the Heralds’ executive editor. “It’s great to be recognized by peer judges in our profession for the Sandy stories, and our excellence in several areas of our mission. I congratulate our award winners, I thank our production and sales staffs, and I appreciate our readers and advertisers for continuing to support the work we do.”

The Heralds’ sales staff won first place for Advertising Excellence for its Rockville Centre Herald edition. “Winning awards is possible when you have a team of talented people from all departments at the newspaper,” said Rhonda Glickman, vice president of sales. “It’s an honor to work with the staff at Richner. Congratulations to all!”

Jewish Star editor Malka Eisenberg captured first place in the Best Feature Story category. “It’s always a treat when The Jewish Star receives special recognition for the quality of its editorial efforts,” said its publisher, Ed Weintrob. “Malka has been writing about the people and issues of Long Island’s Jewish communities for several years, always looking for the local angle on what are sometimes global stories. In her prize-winning account of the 75th anniversary of Kindertransport — the flight of Jewish children from Europe on the eve of the Holocaust — she brought it home by picturing that horrific time through the eyes of one of those children, now an elderly resident of the Five Towns-Far Rockaway community.”

Other award recipients included Valley Stream Herald Editor Andrew Hackmack, who took second place for editorial writing; and East Meadow Herald Editor David Weingrad, who earned second and third place, respectively, in feature story writing and sports feature writing.

“It’s always great to be recognized by our newspaper peers for the work the staff does week in and week out,” said Herald co-publisher Cliff Richner, who added that he was particularly proud of the first-place awards for Advertising Excellence and Best News or Feature Series. “The advertising award is based on ads produced by our in-house graphics team. Together with our sales team, they provide our advertisers with top-notch service and creativity.
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