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The Queens Courier staff recognized by New York Press Association


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Queens Courier congratulates its staff in taking home a handful of awards at this year’s New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

For the past three years, Courier reporters have been given the distinctive honor of Rookie Reporter of the Year. Former reporters Melissa Chan, Maggie Hayes and Terence Cullen previously took home the title and this year, Angy Altamirano placed in the category.

Altamirano, who covers western Queens and is editor of the LIC Courier magazine, was awarded second place for her “ability to write enticing, exciting leads.”

Of her work, the judges said, “Angy has an easy-to-read style … using short sentences instead of long wordy ones to tell her story.”
Melissa, who previously covered northeast Queens for The Courier, won second place in the News Story category for her “great hard news reporting” and getting to the facts quick and with detail.

The former reporter also took home another win along with Maggie, who previously covered southeast and southwest for the newspaper. The duo placed third place for In-Depth Reporting for their “nice presentation, good writing and plenty of interesting people …”

The Courier’s staff also took home awards for Best Special Section Cover and Best Large Space Ad.

Jennifer Decio earned first place for her large space ad which judges found conveyed an elegant message. “The photos and layout sell it!” wrote the judges.

Stephen Reina placed third for his special section cover which judges described as “both dynamic and sophisticated.”

“I’m so proud of our team, which is the best in the business,” said Joshua Schneps, co-publisher of The Queens Courier. “It demonstrates the quality of what we do and the depth of talent that we have in the company.”

 

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Courier wins at NYPA awards


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

News outlets from across the state gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of local publications, their reporters and designers, at the annual New York Press Association Awards.

The Queens Courier was honored to receive the Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence in its division. Judges claimed the publication had crisp writing, a good mix of stories and a strong, dynamic use of art throughout.

Melissa Chan won third place in the Rookie Reporter of the Year category. A graduate of Adelphi University, Chan has been a reporter for The Queens Courier since September of 2011, originally covering the Howard Beach area before moving to northeast Queens.

“First place, third place, any kind of place — I’m just so incredibly honored and elated to be given such a prestigious award. There are not enough rooftops in the world for me to stand on and shout from right now,” said Chan. “There is so much talent within Queens, not to mention the entire state. I never in a million years thought I would get chosen.”

The Queens Courier also took home awards for advertising excellence, best special section cover and best real estate section.

 

Meet the new editor of North Shore Towers Courier


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Melissa Chanresized

On my first assignment to North Shore Towers, I was greeted at the gate by a friendly concierge. He asked me if I had ever been here before — although my GPS and bewildered eyes had already answered for me. I said no, and he handed me a map, directions that went right over my head and a smile, as I began my voyage to an unknown site called “Towers on the Green.”

But I didn’t expect to receive the generous amount of kindness and help that greeted me at the door. It came from Tower residents. We walked side by side to the auditorium as if we had known each other for decades, and the surprising thing was that I received the same, unrelenting friendliness throughout the night from each resident I spoke to.

So when I had learned that longtime North Shore Towers Courier editor Jessica Lyons was leaving her post for bigger and greener pastures in California, I wasn’t as terrified as I thought I would be to take over the reigns.

From the greens of the 18-hole golf course to the indoor shopping arcade and restaurant, I look forward to being a part of the 110 acres of land that Towers residents call home. I have heard — and of course read — remarkable tales of residents’ past, and I would love to learn more about their equally as interesting present.

My story isn’t as captivating as Tower residents’, but just so you know a little more about me, I was born and raised in Fresh Meadows, but I spent a huge portion of my college life in Long Island, where I recently graduated from Adelphi University with a double degree in Journalism and English. Before I began working full-time as a reporter for The Queens Courier, I wrote for Patch.com, Newsday, News 12 Long Island and the Long Island Press. And before that, I was writing and illustrating children’s books — only I was 10 years old and my publications were only circulated to my mother.

If you see me around, feel free to say hello. You can also call me at 718-224-5863, Ext. 221, or email me at mchan@queenscourier.com to discuss things that are relevant to your community or just to chat. I look forward to hearing your stories and covering your community.