The Long Island Press is a free, independent online monthly news journal serving Long Island with extensive coverage of local and national news, arts and entertainment, sports and alternative political viewpoints. It is available daily online at . Known as "L.I.'s Cultural Arts and Investigative News Journal," the newspaper was founded in 2003 after its parent company, Morey Publishing, bought The Island Ear, which was a free bi-monthly entertainment-oriented newspaper. Morey Publishing renamed the paper, using the same name of a daily newspaper that was forced out of business in 1977, and launched it as a free alternative newsweekly. The staff of the Press has included former Newsday columnist Ed Lowe, television columnist Todd Hyman and technology columnist Lazlow. The paper remained an alternative newsweekly for a decade, re-launching in its current online monthly format on Jan. 1, 2013.
Distribution and circulation
The Long Island Press ceased printing of its paper to focus solely on their website, www.longislandpress.com.
The Press reports that on average, 850,000 to 1,000,000 visitors come to their flagship website per month. The website contains a mix of content from the monthly edition, as well as daily local, national, world, entertainment, sports and human interest news and stories. Several Press staffers maintain blogs as a part of the site.
On March 24, 2011 New York City's Daily News and Long Island Press announced that New York’s "Hometown Newspaper" would print Long Island’s largest weekly newspaper on its state-of-the-art, high-volume, full-color press equipment.
Long Island Daily Press
The Long Island Press was also the name of a daily newspaper that lasted for 156 years. It was originally known as the Long Island Farmer which was founded in 1821. The paper changed its name to The Long Island Daily Press in 1921, then shortened it Long Island Press in 1967. The Sunday edition bore the name Long Island Sunday Press. Both editions used a broadsheet format. It became known as the only New York paper to report on local government scandals until an extended strike by the Printing Pressmen's union forced the paper to go out of business on March 25, 1977. Regular columnists included Walter Kaner.
The Archives (formerly the Long Island Division) at the Queens Library has microfilm of the Long Island Daily Press from 1921 to 1977, and of the Long Island Farmer from 1821 to 1920. The Queens Library Archives also has a collection of approximately 3,000 photographs from the Long Island Daily Press photo morgue. The Levittown Public Library in Nassau County has microfilm of the Long Island Daily Press from 1944 to 1977.
The Long Island Press has won more than 300 awards throughout its 10 years in existence. Among others, these include accolades from: the New York Press Association (NYPA), Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN), Fair Media Council, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Press Club of Long Island (PCLI), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Journalism Center on Children & Families Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation.
The paper was awarded the New York Press Association's top prize, the prestigious Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence, at its and spring convention in Saratoga Springs, NY in April 2013. It was the second time in three years the Press brought home the top honors of Newspaper of the Year, the first being in 2010.