The Queens Courier took home first place in overall advertising excellence and other awards in the New York Press Association‘s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards were distributed during the NYPA Spring Convention held March 27 to 29 in Saratoga Springs.
“I’m bursting with pride that the New York Press Association recognized our talented, professional and dedicated staff members,” Courier Publisher Victoria Schneps said.
Among those receiving individual honors were Stephen Reina, assistant art director, who earned second place in the Best Special Section Cover category for his “Come in from the cold” Queens winter events cover from last January.
Liam La Guerre, The Courier’s real estate editor, earned second place in the News Story category and third place in the Best News or Feature Series category for his April 3, 2014, story regarding funds missing from a Briarwood school’s PTA treasury, which threatened to ruin the school’s fifth-grade graduation ceremony.
Angy Altamirano received an honorable mention for her July story regarding Donhauser Florist in East Elmhurst, a 125-year-old fixture in the community located next to a motel converted into a homeless shelter.
The Courier’s sister paper, The Home Reporter in Brooklyn, earned an honorable mention for a sports feature by Jaime DeJesus on an amputee baseball game in Bay Ridge during the 1950s.