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.