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That is the mantra of the Long Island Press, one of the nation’s largest weekly newspapers that informs, educates and entertains Long Island’s 3 million people every week since 2003. Since the first issue of the Press printed, the paper has won scores of awards for its journalism.
The Long Island Press is a beloved brand among many locals who remember the paper as a daily many years ago. In March of 1977, the original Press ceased publishing, and the name faded into the memories of Long Islanders. In 2002, Jed Morey and the Morey Organization purchased The Island Ear, a free entertainment weekly and re-launched it under the title New Island Ear. It was precursor of things to come. In January, 2003, the paper hit the newsstands under the current banner and Long Island journalism has simply not been the same.
The Press has always done more than just publish pages. Through the paper, many successful programs for community flourished. A groundbreaking series called “Our Children’s Brains” provided countless families and professionals with the stories of children who suffer from myriad of challenges, and how they can be helped. The effort culminated in 2008 with the publishing of the “Our Children’s Brains Resource Guide,” a custom publication that continues to be requested across the Island and beyond. The High School Journalism program showcased the work of tomorrow’s truth-tellers in a way that had never been done before. The Press also championed the Green Movement on the Island, featuring businesses and community leaders who work hard to provide a healthier Long Island.
The Press has also kept the Island honest. In 2004, the paper broke the nationally-recognized circulation scandal story literally brought Newsday to its knees, and ripped open a Pandora’s Box that exposed the weaknesses of the newspaper industry. As much as the paper was enjoyed by its readers, it became feared by those who had something to hide.
The Press is a natural to be a content provider and founding member of kioli. The focus of the paper was always Long Island. Every community. Every small street. Every local mom and pop shop. These are the things that personify the spirit of Long Island, and the reason so many make it their home.
And it is the heart of the Press.
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The most influential Long Islanders step up and take their place on the annual Long Island Press Power List. From community advocates and spiritual leaders to billionaires and elected officials, the Long Island Press Power List shines a spotlight on Long Island’s power brokers for all to see.