Times Review Media Group, publisher of Riverhead News-Review, won nearly two dozen awards from the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper competition this weekend, including a Rookie Reporter of the Year award for one of its editors. .

Brianne Ledda, who joined the Times Review team in June 2021, placed third among the competition’s recruits, the first time a Times Review staff member has received this honor since 2013. The graduate Stony Brook University, which primarily covers local government for the Suffolk Times, split winning five additional NYPA awards.

“It’s hard to believe you’re a rookie,” read a contest judge’s comment. “…Stories like the ones you’ve written remind your readers why newspapers continue to play such an important role in their lives. Keep up the good work.

The News-Review won first place for sports writing and obituaries, with sportswriter Bob Liepa playing a part in winning both awards. The sports feature award was for a look back at a night over 70 years ago when the great Satchel Paige was playing baseball in Riverhead.

In total, Times Review Media Group won 23 awards in the competition, which included 2,481 entries from 132 newspapers across the state competing in 67 categories. The company earned the fourth highest number of points in the contest, which was judged by members of the Nebraska Press Association.

It was a good weekend for East End newspapers, with the Sag Harbor Express receiving the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence, named after the late Suffolk Times publisher.

Below is a list of awards given to Times Review Media Group and its staff members:

First place

Crime/police/courts coverage — Grant Parpan, Steve Wick, Joe Werkmeister and Brianne Ledda, The Suffolk Times

Sports Reporting – Bob Liepa, Riverhead News-Review

Best Obituaries – Bob Liepa, Joe Werkmeister, Tara Smith and Melissa Azofiefa, Riverhead News-Review

The second place

Thomas G. Butson Award for In-depth Reporting – Grant Parpan, Steve Wick, Brianne Ledda and Joe Werkmeister from the Suffolk Times

Best Podcast — Grant Parpan and Brianne Ledda, The Suffolk Times

Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence — Shelter Island Reporter

Agriculture Coverage – Brianne Ledda, Tara Smith, Charity Robey and Melissa Azofeifa, The Suffolk Times

Crime/Police/Court Coverage — Grant Parpan, Joe Werkmeister, Tim Gannon and Melissa Azofeifa, Riverhead News-Review

Best Column – Ambrose Clancy, Shelter Island Reporter

Sports Reporting Photo – Robert O’Rourk, The Suffolk Times

Editorial cartoon – Shelter Island reporter Peter Waldner

Best Real Estate/Home Section – Northforker

Best Niche Publication—Northforker

Third place

Best Front Page – The Suffolk Times and Shelter Island Reporter

Rookie Journalist of the Year – Brianne Ledda, The Suffolk Times

Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence — Riverhead News-Review

Richard L. Stein Award for Overall Excellence in Design The Suffolk Times

Spot News Coverage – Grant Parpan and Steve Wick, The Suffolk Times

Local Government Coverage – Brianne Ledda, Tara Smith and Grant Parpan, The Suffolk Times

Best COVID-19 News Story – Joe Werkmeister, Tara Smith and Grant Parpan, Riverhead News-Review

Art Photo — Eleanor P. Labrozzi, The Suffolk Times

Editorial cartoon – Shelter Island reporter Peter Waldner