Patch Editors Honored with Press Club Awards

News staff takes 12 awards in online division from Long Island chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.

Patch Editors and contributors were honored with several online awards Thursday night at the Press Club of Long Island’s 2012 Media Awards event. 

Patch garnered 12 awards in various categories at Thursday's dinner and reception at the Woodbury Country Club. The Press Club's awards were divided into four categories: Print, television, radio and online, and chosen from among nearly 500 entries submitted to PCLI, a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

"We have nearly 50 journalists covering Long Island and connecting with local readers on a daily basis," said David Reich-Hale, senior regional editor for Patch on Long Island and New York City. "It's great to see some of them get recognized at such an established event. It's well deserved and we are proud of them."

Plainview Editor Joe Dowd won first place in the Feature/Lifestyle category for "Plainview Synagogue Restores Holocaust Torah."

Former Sachem Patch Editor Chris Vaccaro took home three awards: First place for Deadline News with "Pair of Sachem Alums Edure Japanese Quake;" Best Headline win with and third place in Deadline News for "Sachem Rallies in Albany For Educational Aid."

Regional Editor Jason Molinet placed third in three categories: Business/Economic/Financial for his series "St. Anthony's Balances Religiosity and Economics;" Photography for  and Sports for his feature 

Malverne-West Hempstead Patch Editor Tara Conry earned a second-place award, which she shared with videographer Tom Zweibel in the Environment/Science/Health/Technology category for "Hempstead Lake Landfill? Pollution Overruns State Park."  

Associate Regional Editor Pam Robinson took second-place honors in Non-Deadline News for "Dispatches: Long Islanders Turning to Food Banks."

North Fork Patch contributor Alan Wax took second place in Business/Economic/Financial for

Kings Park Patch contributor Maureen Rossi garnered a second place in Editorial/Commentary for "Opinion: Jubilation Over bin Laden's Death Turns to Tears."  

Malverne-West Hempstead Patch contributor Dave Paone earned second place in Feature/Lifestyle for his "Meet Your Neighbors" series. 

Patch.com operates 41 sites on Long Island. See how Patch fared at PCLI Media Awards in 2011.

Republican until i die. June 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Congrats to our local editors who do a fine job.
Sara Walsh (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Congratulations! Well-deserved recognition for your hard work.
Marita Eybergen June 08, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Congratulations to all the patch members, you deserve it.
Rich Jacques (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Great job!
Alan J. Wax June 08, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Twas nice to contribute to Patch while the gig lasted. Now, folks can read my stuff now at corkscapsandtaps.com, where the pay is even lower!
Edward Robinson (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Congrats to all!
Maureen Rossi June 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thanks to team Patch and although for 2 1/2 years I wrote for Garden City, Sachem, West Islip, Merrick and Smithtown sites, nothing was more fun that writing for Kings Park Patch - covering the wonderful people and events in my own community! Thanks Jenn, it was an honor and priviledge to represent Kings Park Patch!
Jason Molinet June 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Great work Alan.
Jason Molinet June 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Thank you Maureen.
Amy June 08, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Congratulations, Pam & Joe!
Pazi Steklo June 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I can't wait until the Patch is big enough to take on the Dolan's kingdom of poor news- casting, reporting and article writing. (news 12, Newsday) Sadly, since the take over, Newsday isn't even fit to line bird cages. Keep up the good work Patch!
Dawn Andrew June 08, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Honored to be working with such fine and dedicated editors.
Judy Mottl (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Congrats! Great work.
Lon Cohen June 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The best thing about this job is working alongside amazing reporters who produce quality writing every single day. Well deserved. Congratulations.
Christine Sampson (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I second what Lon says. You guys make me proud to be a Patch editor.
George June 08, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Congratulations Joe, keep up the good work!
Jill Anne Sackler June 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Congratulations! You guys are really getting the job done.
David D'Agostino June 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Patch rocks
Susan Naftol June 08, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Congratulations, Joe! We love the Patch!!
Erin Schultz June 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Alan - congrats! Thanks for all the great wine country coverage in 2011.
Jerry Hannon June 08, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Pam, that's wonderful news, and it's well-deserved. Congratulations to you and your colleagues across Long Island.
Pam Robinson (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Jerry, wow, great to hear from you, and thank you. Have you finished your move?
Leah Bush (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Patch is kickin' butt and takin' names. Congratulations to all!
Lisa Finn (Editor) June 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Congratulations to all the amazing Patchers who dedicate so much talent, heart, and soul to their work!
Shrinkgirl June 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Congratulations toTaylor Vesey from all of us in East Hampton for amazing coverage and dedication to our community.
Stefanie Nelkens June 09, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Congratulations Joe, Pam and all Patch writiers! The Patch has been a terrific way to stay up-to-date with local news and the quality of writing makes it a pleasure to read.
Joe Dowd (Editor) June 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Thank you everyone and congratulations to my Patch colleagues. The reward is not in winning awards, but in the privilege of covering the people of Plainview. For that I am most grateful.
TheGreek June 09, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Congrats to All
Meryl Otis Kessler June 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Congratulations Patch colleagues for being recognized for your outstanding work and keeping real journalism alive!
Manny Martinez June 11, 2012 at 02:21 PM
My editor and blog boss Tara Conry rocks!


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