Long Island Report wins PCLI ‘Best Web Site’ award

Long Island Report won first place for "Best Web Site" at the PCLI awards ceremony (LIR Photo by Fran Berkman)

Long Island Report earned the 2012 Press Club of Long Island’s (PCLI) “Best Web Site” award on June 7 at the Woodbury Country Club.

Though other local websites such as Newsday.com and LongIslandPress.com have full staffing and funding, the Hofstra University student-run website took home the first place award.

Long Island Report won first place for "Best Web Site" at the PCLI awards ceremony (LIR Photo by Fran Berkman)

Long Island Report won first place for "Best Web Site" at the PCLI awards ceremony (LIR Photo by Fran Berkman)

The site was judged by a national panel based on the presentation of content, site design, multimedia aspects and navigability.

In fall 2011, Long Island Report co-editors Fran Berkman and Jim Mancari—both Hofstra graduate students—took over the site under the supervision of Hofstra journalism professor Kelly Fincham. Together, the “three-headed monster” updated the appearance, multimedia and social media.

“This is a huge honor, especially since this was our first year present at the awards ceremony,” Mancari said.

In his speech, Mancari acknowledged the tireless efforts of Fincham, who, he said, taught the two editors all they know about the presentation of multimedia content.

Berkman also thanked the Hofstra students who contribute to the site. “Without them, this would not be possible,” he said.

Berkman and Mancari managed a staff of over 75 contributors throughout the school year. They worked with students on pitches helping guide them into producing a successful story.

Indeed, one of Long Island Report’s top stories, “Driving Mrs. McCain: An Alaskan Girl’s Odyssey” by recent Hofstra graduate Brittany Auger, won third place in PCLI’s “Online Feature/Lifestyle” category.

In the article, the Alaskan native Auger recounts volunteering at the 2008 Presidential Debate, where she picked up Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s mother from the airport.

Mancari and Berkman are justifiably proud of their award, and they hope that the next wave of Long Island Report staff members and contributors continues the recent string of success.

Fran Berkman and Jim Mancari interview Woodward and Bernstein at Hofstra University in 2012

Fran Berkman and Jim Mancari interview Woodward and Bernstein at Hofstra University in 2012

 

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