The New York Press Association announced the winners of their 2015 Better Newspaper Contest on Monday, and several alumni of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism won big.
Desiree Keegan (’12) won the 2015 Sports Writer of the Year award. Keegan has been the sports editor for Times Beacon Record Newspapers since September 2013. She is a former writer for Ultimate Athlete Magazine. Keegan is also the editor of one of the TBR newspapers, The Village Beacon Record.
Giselle Barkley (’15) also of Times Beacon Record Newspapers, received an honorable mention for the Rookie Reporter of the Year award. Before she became a full-time reporter for TBR Newspapers in August 2015, she worked as an intern for the newspaper chain as the recipient of the School of Journalism’s Lee Lutz Memorial Scholarship.
Rachel Young (’09) earned multiple honors with her colleagues at Times Review Media Group: first place for In-depth Reporting in Division 3, first place for Picture Story in Division 2, second place for Coverage of Agriculture, and an honorable mention for Coverage of the Environment.
Jennifer Nuzzo (’09) an associate editor for Times Review Media Group, also earned several honors with her colleagues: first place for Spot News Coverage in Division 3, second place for Coverage of Education in Division 2, third place for Coverage of Religion, and third place for Coverage of Health, Health Care and Science.
Greg Wehner (’14), Erin McKinley (’11) and Alyssa Melillo (’13) of The Southampton Press won first place for Coverage of Local Government in Division 2 with their colleague Kyle Campbell.
Elana Glowatz (’10) the editor of The Port Times-Record, earned both second and third place for Feature Story in Division 4.
Carrie Miller, a former health and environment reporter for Times Review Media Group, earned second place for the Best Use of Video award. Miller received her master’s degree in journalism from Stony Brook in 2012. She is now a public relations coordinator for Peconic Landing at Southold Inc.