Stony Brook wins big at the New York Press Association Awards

Local journalists, many of whom are SOJ alumni, were recognized at the recent NY Press Association Awards.

“I couldn’t have asked for the dominos to line up any better,” Gregory Wehner said when describing his story about a suspended Southampton football coach. Wehner graduated from Stony Brook in 2014 and won third place in the Feature Story category.

The NYPA’s mission is to support New York’s community news industry. The journalists that received awards work at local newspapers, and told stories that occur in towns all over New York.

Another alumni, Rachel Young, was a member of the group that earned first place for In-Depth Reporting. She wrote the ending paragraphs for their story about the opiate addiction crisis in Suffolk County.

“I was at town court to cover a case when the judge called the name of someone who had an ongoing case against him, for drugs, I believe,” Young said. “What the judge didn’t know, but I did, is that the man had recently died of an apparent drug overdose. Deadline was approaching and [my editor] thought my court observation could serve as a powerful reminder of the devastation caused by drug addiction.”

Erin McKinley, who won first place for Coverage of Local Government, was appreciative of the recognition her story received.

“It is very rewarding to be recognized for my work, because often times in journalism, you’re not,” McKinley said. “To have a governing board say I am doing a good job makes it feel worth it.”

School of Journalism alumni who won awards at the New York Press Association Awards:

Feature Story 1st place, Michelle Trauring- The Southampton Press-Eastern
In-Depth Reporting 1st place, Rachel Young- The Suffolk Times
Sports Writer of the Year 3rd place, Desiree Keegan- Port Times-Record, Port Jefferson/Mt. Sinai
Coverage of Local Government  1st Place- Erin McKinley- The Southampton Press- Western Edition, Westhampton Beach
Coverage of Education 1st Place- Jen Nuzzo- The News-Review, Riverhead
Coverage of the Arts 3rd Place- Michelle Trauring- The Sag Harbor Press, Sag Harbor
Coverage of the Environment 3rd Place- Krysten Massa and Jen Nuzzo- The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
Coverage of Crime/Politics/Court 1st Place- Jen Nuzzo- The News-Review, Riverhead
Coverage of Crime/Politics/Court 3rd Place- Jen Nuzzo and Krysten Massa- The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
Sports Feature 2nd Place- Desiree Keegan- The Village Times Herald, Setauket
In-Depth Reporting 1st Place- Rachel Young- The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
Feature Story 3rd Place- Gregory Wehner- The Southampton Press- Eastern Edition, Southampton
Feature Story 2nd Place- Rachel Young- The Suffolk Times, Mattituck
Feature Story 1st Place- Michelle Trauring- The Southampton Press- Eastern Edition, Southampton
Spot News Photos 3rd Place- Krysten Massa- The News-Review, Riverhead

Additionally, The Statesman won several awards:

Best Web Suite 1st Place- The Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook
General Excellence Honorable Mention- The Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook
Column Honorable Mention- The Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook- Emily Benson
Design 3rd Place- The Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook
Best Sports Coverage 2nd Place- The Statesman, SUNY Stony Brook