Advance takes newspaper honors
The entries that won the Long Island Advance's awards in the New York Press Association's Better Newspaper contest.

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Advance takes newspaper honors


The Long Island Advance was recognized last weekend during the Better Newspaper Contest Awards, hosted by the New York Press Association at their annual conference. The paper brought home three awards in three categories. Awards were separated into divisions, with recognition given for first, second and third places, as well as honorable mentions; 163 newspapers submitted 2,743 entries. Members of the Wisconsin Press Association judged the submissions.

The Advance won second place for Special Section on Newsprint in the first of four divisions for the 125th Anniversary of Patchogue edition, which was published on Sept. 13, 2018. The issue was a collection of historical stories on the village, a who’s who of village officials, and vintage photos of the village’s past. The issue was designed by production manager Mark MacNish, edited by Nicole Fuentes, and had contributions from Fuentes, MacNish, reporter Glenn Rohrbacker and community members. The judges enjoyed the effort put into the edition and said it showed personalization with the community. 

The Advance also won third place for Best Front Page in division one of four, due to a series of submissions throughout 2018 designed by production manager Mark MacNish and compiled by Nicole Fuentes and MacNish. Judges enjoyed the feature photos on the front pages by Tara Smith, Zachary Towlen, Krystle DiNicola and Ray Passaro, as well as their integration with other elements on the page. 

Reporter Glenn Rohrbacker was recognized with an honorable mention in division one of four for Best News or Feature Series, for his reporting on the bus shortage in the William Floyd School District in September 2018. The district was short long buses during the first week of school due to a contract dispute, leaving over 8,000 students scrambling to find transportation. Rohrbacker wrote five stories on the issue, spanning from the initial announcement to the recovery period a few weeks later. 

NYPA holds the Better Newspaper Contest each year during their spring conference. For a full list of winners and more information, visit