Straus News awarded for hyperlocal journalism and innovative advertising

Local newspapers recognized by both the National Newspaper Association and the New York Press Association

| 21 Sep 2020 | 10:50

The National Newspaper Association and the New York Press Association recognized this newspaper and its sister publications with a number of awards this summer: from reporting to advertisements, design and digital.

Editorial Design and Journalism Awards

A sister publication’s website took first place for “Best News Website” from the New York Press Association.

Design director Christina Scotti’s graphic for a story on the history of teaching math was dubbed “Best Use of a Double Truck” by the National Newspaper Association. The design was called a “clear winner in this category” by the judges. Pam Chergotis’ article accompanying the graphic, “In learning math, there’s more than one way to the correct answer,” received an honorable mention for “Best Education Story.”

The story about a local Uber driving pushing for gig-worker-reforms came in second place for “Best Business Story.”

“Homeschooling: Getting an umbrella education,” won second place for education reporting.

The cover of last year’s Back to School special section came in second place for “Best Special Section Cover.”

Jeff Storey’s profile of Medicom owner Rocco Commisso’s journey to purchasing his own Italian soccer team titled “Nothing has greater allure” took third place for “Best Sports Story.”

Dirt magazine won third place for “Best Niche Publication.” Judges called the magazine a “fun mix of eclectic stories and photos.”

Effective Advertising Awards

Our news organization’s Support Local Journalism campaign, also designed by Scotti, earned first place for “Best Advertising Idea.”

The Girl Boss Expo’s ads from last year’s event took first place from The New York Press Association. Judges called the ad campaign “a winner on a lot of levels.”

Our ads designed for The Mohawk House won first place for “Best Restaurant Ad.” Judges called them “exceptionally eye-catching and effective.”

The Healthy Holiday Tips campaign our art department designed for Horizon Family Medical took second place for “Best Series Ad Idea.”

Small ads designed for Beer-Cigar-Deli and Bourbon Street Bar, designed by Adam Emmerich, were “exceptionally eye-catching and effective,” said contest judges. They took home second and third place for “Best Ad Idea.”