June 1, 2010

THE WINNERS ARE…Michael Lewis and Big Apple Soccer
BigAppleSoccer.com and its editor Michael Lewis have earned three second-place honors in the awards sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Lewis and the website are also a finalist in the Press Club of Long Island Media Awards.

Big Apple Soccer finsihed second in the Internet Publiction, News Coverage category, as well as in the Internet Page Design category. Lewis won second place in the media-affiliated blog category for three pieces he wrote about the Red Bulls on Aug. 21, when Juan Carlos Osorio stepped down as coach of the MLS team.

Lewis and Big Apple Soccer will be honored along with the other award winners at a special luncheon at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on June 13.

In the Long Island Media Awards competition, Lewis is up for an award in the online news reporting category for his breaking story about Paul Riley being named coach of the Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer. Riley, a Long Island resident, is director of football for the Long Island Fury and Albertson Soccer League (Long Island Junior Soccer League). The story also ran on PhillySoccerNews.com

It is rare for a sports story to be a finalist in the online news reporting category, which is open to all types of breaking stories. There is no individual sports category.

The winners will be announced at the annual Media Awards dinner at the Woodbury Country Club on Thursday, June 10.

Big Apple Soccer has now earned 26 awards, including from the Press club of Long Island, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. the Deadline Club of New York City and the New Jersey Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards.

In addition, Philly Soccer News has been honored twice by the NSCAA, for best college story in 2007 and Best News/Deadline story in 2009