Greater Long Island wins four awards in Press Club of LI contest


The Greater Long Island team took home four awards, including two first-place finishes, from the Press Club of Long Island‘s annual, island-wide editorial contest.

The PCLI, a regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, held its award show Thursday, June 15, at Fox Hallow in Woodbury.

GLI’s top award came from a mini-sports documentary called Survivor: The definitive story of Dunia Sibomana that the independent news organization produced.

The 6:20-minute-long story traces Dunia’s journey from Africa after he narrowly survived a chimpanzee attack that claimed the lives of two other children, to the United States. Settling in Long Beach as a child, he underwent multiple surgeries and was later adopted before becoming a New York phenom in wrestling.

Greater LI’s work on this project earned the team first place in the Sports Feature: Video category. Newsday submitted its version of Dunia’s story in the same category and placed second.

This isn’t the first hardware GLI has earned for its coverage of Dunia. Last month, the team was awarded a Silver Telly for their coverage.

“Dunia’s story comes once in a lifetime,” said Jamie Stuart, a GLI sports contributor who co-reported and narrated the video, after winning the Telly. “Overcoming a near-death experience to enjoy a great life on Long Island is amazing. But becoming a state champion is the stuff movies are made from.”

Scroll down to see the rest of the awards earned at this year’s PCLI award competition.

Sports Feature: Video

1st Place: Survivor: The definitive story of Dunia Sibomana by Jamie Stuart, Andrew Theodorakis, Nicholas Esposito and Michael White

Best Use of Twitter

1st Place: Huntington Town renames Dix Hills Ice Rink in honor of Islanders legend Clark Gillies by Jamie Stuart and Nicholas Esposito

Crime & Justice: Narrative

3rd Place: Justice for Julio: Hell’s Kitchen residents hold vigil for Bay Shore High School grad by Ana Borruto

Profile: Video

3rd Place: Meet Paul. He swims every day on Long Island, no matter the weather by Jamie Stuart and Andrew Theodorakis

Top: Greater Long Island’s editorial director Nicholas Esposito holding a first-place trophy his company won at the 2023 Press Club of Long Island’s award show. (Credit: Michael White)