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The September issue of northforker was awarded Best Magazine in the 2017 New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The magazine, which featured a striking cover image of the crew at Peconic Gold Oysters while at work on the bay, was only our fourth issue.

“What we liked most — besides its beautiful layout and photography and quality content and writing — was that it was local, local, local from beginning to end,” wrote the judges from the Michigan Press Association. “It is very well done and will find a space on many North Forkers’ coffee tables.”

The contest features the work of more than 150 newspaper companies with categories ranging from in-depth reporting to sports and photography. The magazine category is for publications produced by newspaper companies (northforker is a product of Times Review Media Group, which also publishes The Suffolk Times, which won for Newspaper of the Year.) The award was announced Saturday morning at the press association’s annual convention in Albany.

Aside from the oyster farming cover story, the winning issue featured pieces about apple cider producers on the North Fork, meditation, a chat with Chef Frank DeCarlo of Barba Bianca, real estate listings inside $1 million, and a feature with the owners of AMP Architecture in Mattituck talking about local buildings that inspire them.

The issue was edited by Vera Chinese with design from art director Eric Hod. Consulting editor Jane Lear wrote the cover story and the other writers included Ms. Chinese,  content director Grant Parpan, Times Review executive editor Steve Wick and staff writers Krysten Massa and Rachel Siford. David Benthal shot the cover and more, while Randee Daddona also contributed photography.

The northforker team is currently at work on its June and July issues. The April issue is currently on newsstands and the May publication is set to be released next week.

We expanded from six to 10 issues in 2018.

A special thank you to all our readers and advertisers for your continued support!