Stony Brook Represents at Press Club of Long Island Media Awards

Medley and Harrison
Mary Beth Medley (Olbrych) ’70, shown with George Harrison, was featured in the first-place story ‘Her Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

Stony Brook University students and staff were well represented at the Press Club of Long Island’s 2024 Media Awards, taking home 17 awards, including seven first-place honors.

The Press Club of Long Island is one of the largest chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is devoted to protecting and advocating for First Amendment rights, furthering ethical standards and providing ongoing training for its members. The Media Awards honor the best in local journalism and includes inductions of the newest members of the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame.

PCLI awards

The Statesman won first place for Best College News Website, Investigative Student Journalism (Viola Flowers) and Best College Newspaper Reporter (Mariam Guirgis). The Stony Brook Presswon first place for Best Magazine and Student Journalism Narrative News Story (Kaitlyn Schwanemann) and second place for Best College News Website. The Press also swept the Illustration category.

Stony Brook University Magazine took home two awards, including first place for the feature story, “Her Heart of Rock and Roll,” and third place for the feature, “A Living Tradition: Two graduate students adapt a collective approach to preserving endangered languages.”

The complete list of winners:

First Place – Profile, Narrative
Her Heart of Rock ’n’ Roll
Stony Brook University Magazine
Christine McGrath, Jessie McHeffey, Shelley Catalano

First Place – Best Magazine
The Stony Brook Press
Jane Montalto, Rafael Cruvinel, Samantha Aguirre, Antonio Mochmann

First Place – Investigative Student Journalism
Title IX: Holding SBU Accountable
The Stony Brook Statesman
Viola Flowers

First Place – Best College News Website
The Stony Brook Statesman
Viola Flowers, Lori Saxena, Skylar Sena, Liam Cooke

Second Place – Best College News Website
The Stony Brook Press
Jane Montalto, Rafael Cruvinel, Samantha Aguirre, Antonio Mochmann

First Place – Best College Newspaper Reporter
Mariam Guirgis
The Stony Brook Statesman

First Place – Student Journalism – Narrative, News Story
Kaitlyn Schwanemann
The Stony Brook Press

First Place – Illustration
Songs of the Summer
The Stony Brook Press
Keating Zelenke

Second Place – Illustration
A beauty and a beast: The paradox of the lionfish
The Stony Brook Press
Antonio Mochmann

Third Place – Illustration
Maya Hawke’s mermaid allegory embodies the magic of queer community
The Stony Brook Press
Jane Montalto

Second Place – Student Journalism – Narrative, Feature Story
Humanity Behind History
Stony Brook Media Showcase
Lily McInerney

Third Place – Student Journalism – Narrative, Feature Story
The impact of pop culture on Oheka Castle’s recent history
The Stony Brook Press
Rafael Cruvinel

Second Place – Best College Radio Broadcast
Play It Forward on WUSB Stony Brook
WUSB.FM Stony Brook, 90.1 and 107.3 FM
Allison Van Cott-McEntee, Kurt Hall, Taylor Solomon, Sanjana Iyer, Serena Harris

Second Place – Best College Newspaper
The Stony Brook Statesman
Viola Flowers, Katherine Procacci, Maria Lynders, Timothy Giorlando

Third Place – Photo Essay or Gallery
Behind Stony Brook University’s paid parking proposal, the negotiations students can’t see
The Stony Brook Press
Keating Zelenke, Jane Montalto

Third Place – Non-Local News Feature/Narrative
Archiving queer history: The organizations documenting LGBTQ+ lives from yesterday to today
The Stony Brook Press
Jane Montalto

Third Place – Education Reporting, Narrative
A Living Tradition: Two graduate students adapt a collective approach to preserving endangered languages
Stony Brook Magazine
Liza N. Burby

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