Newsday Journalists Recognized with Numerous Awards

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By: Press Release | Newsday

Melville, NY, March 19, 2012 – Newsday journalists have been honored by 4 prestigious photography and journalism organizations – Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, New York Press Photographers Association and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

“Congratulations to Alejandra, Tom, Chris, Newsday’s photo editors, and our design and multi-media teams,” said Debbie Henley, Editor of Newsday. “Our colleagues bring an artist’s eye and a journalist’s passion to their work and it shows.”

Pictures of the Year International Contest
Newsday’s photo and presentation teams won first place in the Feature Story Editing category for “Marisa: A Little Girl’s Fight to Live,” which featured Alejandra Villa’s photos. Ms. Villa also won second place in the Feature Multimedia Story category for ”Marisa”. The “Marisa” project chronicles the story of a young Long Islander with an extremely rare disease and included extensive photography and video content. The Pictures of the Year International contest is a program of the Missouri School of Journalism.

National Press Photographers Association
In the Long Form Multimedia category, Ms. Villa took first place for “Marisa” and second place for “Trevor,” a story about a young adult suffering from the same disease. She also received honorable mention in the General News category for her work on “The Calm After the Storm,” a story about Occupy Wall Street.

New York Press Photographers Association
The New York Press Photographers Association has announced that Newsday had finalists in the following photojournalism categories for the “Year in Pictures” contest:

General News:
Thomas Ferrara – “Waterfront Property” (Tropical Storm Irene)

Alejandra Villa – “A Mother’s Love” (Marisa coverage)

Thomas Ferrara – “The Musician” (Portrait from the Long Island Philharmonic)
Alejandra Villa – “Marisa”
Chris Ware – “A Mother’s Loss, a 9/11 Story”

Feature Picture Story:
–  Alejandra Villa – “Marisa: A Little Girl’s Fight to Live”

Sports Picture Story:
Alejandra Villa – “Fan Love” (Mets fans at Spring Training)

Scripps Howard Foundation

Additionally, Alejandra Villa has been named a finalist in the Photojournalism category of the Scripps Howard Awards for her work on ‘Marisa’.

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