Wave Wins Big
The New York Press Association (NYPA) held its annual Spring Convention in Saratoga Springs, April 4-6, and for the first time in its long history The Wave earned First Prize in three separate categories and garnered two Second Prize awards as well.
At the event’s main dinner, The Wave and editor Kevin Boyle were awarded First Prize for Best Editorial Page. The Wave’s front page editorial – Read This ! – warning the community about the perils of looming flood insurance hikes and the Sandy Anniversary editorial about the strength of the Rockaway people were the entries that drew praise from the judges:
“The Wave came back from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to deliver heartfelt, yet strong editorials about the struggles the newspaper and the community faced as they worked together to rebuild. Community journalism at its finest.”
Sharing First Prize with The Forum in the Special Section category, the NYPA said, “There’s just no way to choose between the two. The stories break the heart then mend it. Extraordinary events provide extraordinary opportunities for newspapers. Both these papers were up to the task.”
The Wave won its third First Prize award in the Best Picture Story category which, as the title suggests, is a story or feature best explained through photographs. In the Sandy Anniversary edition, Boyle collected photos from Rockaway community members and Wave editorial staff, Dan Guarino and Katie McFadden, and compiled the pictures in a before, during, and after Sandy timeline. In handing out the winning prize the NYPA said, “ Every photo on each page has drama and tells a story. A fantastic package recording one of the most devastating events in the region’s history. The staff did an awesome job. It was a good editor who opted to deliver the package in this manner.” Although this was an editorial win, Boyle said the production team at The Wave deserved its share of the award because the layout was so expertly done.
The Wave and art director Felicia Edwards also received Second Place honors in the Ad Campaign category. The winning ad directed to potential advertisers for the Sandy edition was praised by one of the judges, “Very nicely done! I like that it doesn’t show the horror of the storm and shows recovery. Positive.” The Wave also took Second Place honors in the Overall Design Excellence category. The judges were impressed with the paper’s layout which highlights The Wave’s heritage and community connection. In their introductory comments the judges said, “The front page highlighted features magnificently. There was a good balance of ads, color and black and white.”
The contest drew submissions from 158 newspapers across New York State. The entries were judged by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.