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Big winners: Schneps Media netted an impressive 27 awards this year at the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. From left, Schneps Media VP of Advertising Ralph D’Onofrio, Brooklyn Courier Life Publisher Clifford Luster, Schneps Media President and Publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis, Schneps Media COO Bob Brennan, and Gay City News Editor-in-chief Paul Schindler.
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The New York Press Association, a statewide group whose members include weekly media, hosted a conference in Albany and our company won 27 awards for excellence.

This was a banner year at the awards for Schneps Media, which expanded last year to become a powerhouse with more than 70 publications. Our editors, reporters, photographers and designers took home 27 awards. Schneps Media papers also scored the most points of any New York City-based chain.

These achievements are a great reflection of the hard work by those involved in this team. It’s a source of pride for all of us to work with such dedicated, excellent journalists.

Our Courier Life staff took home two awards from the Better Newspaper
Contest.

Reporter Julianne McShane earned a first place prize for Best News or Feature Series for her series on refugees who resettled in Southern Brooklyn with the help of the Arab-American Family Support Center.

“This series did a great job taking a national issue and localizing it. It was well-written and laid out the struggles of refugees, who all came from different backgrounds,” the judge wrote about McShane’s work. “The way the families are presented in the photos, along with the sections at the end of a few of the pieces on how to donate and help people in need, emphasizes the humanity of those seeking asylum, which is obviously an important part of telling these stories.”

Reporter Colin Mixson secured a second place prize for Coverage of the Environment. Mixson was recognized for two stories: one about sick raccoons taking to local streets following distemper outbreak in Prospect Park in December; the other about bird lovers calling for an end to fishing in Prospect Park after a great horned owl ensnared by line in the meadow died hours following its arrival at a wildlife rescue last April.

“You have found truly local stories affecting people in your community that relate to the environment,” the judge wrote about Mixson’s stories. “I ranked this entry high not in small part because of its entertaining sytle of community focus. Environmental issues don’t always have to be the big-picture topics. Sometimes they are a bird stuck in the ice or sick raccoons plaguing the community. Nicely presented.”

None of this, of course, would be possible without your continued support. By reading our stories online and picking up our newspaper every week, you help advance the mission of keeping
local journalism strong, viable and
independent.

All of us at Schneps Media want to thank our team for their amazing
efforts — and all of you for your
continued loyalty and dedication.

Updated 10:44 am, April 12, 2019
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