Winners of the 2011 New York Press Club Awards for Journalism were announced on Friday, May 13. Woman Around Town garnered 5 prizes and was one of the leaders in total awards won, surpassed only by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Media Properties (including Bloomberg BusinessWeek), each with 6 awards.
Charlene Giannetti, co-founder and Editor of Woman Around Town, won an unprecedented 3 awards. Giannetti was awarded prizes in the Crime Reporting category for her article “Lt. Jack Cambria’s Gift of Gab Saves Hostages,” Entertainment News for her article “Frank Sinatra – The One and Only Voice,” and she was Internet winner of the prestigious Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York Award for her profile of educator, Edes Gilbert in her article, “Woman Around Town: Edes Gilbert – An Educator Gives Back.”
While Bloomberg Media Properties dominated the Business Reporting awards this year with individual wins by Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg TV, the Bloomberg News wire service and Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine, Merry Sheils of Woman Around Town won the Business Reporting award in the Internet category for her three part article,” The ABCs of ETFs – a Three Part Series about Investing in ETFs.”
Alix Cohen of Woman Around Town also won in the Feature Reporting category for her article, “Vicki Abelson: Move Over Gertrude Stein.” This is Cohen’s second consecutive New York Press Club Award for Journalism. In 2010 she won the award in the Entertainment Reporting category.
Graham Rayman of the The Village Voice won this year’s top honor in the New York Press Club’s Awards for Journalism for a four part series about corruption at a New York City police precinct in Brooklyn. Rayman’s series, “The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy’s 81st Precinct,” was awarded the Club’s Gold Keyboard for investigative journalism.
Finalists for the Gold Keyboard Award included investigations published by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Fortune magazine and City Limits magazine.
An enduring tradition in New York media, the annual New York Press Club Awards for Journalism honor excellence in the craft by writers, reporters, editors, producers, shooters and multimediographers. Judging is by prominent working journalists, former journalists and academics who are selected for their expertise in each category. More than 300 entries were received in this year’s competition, a record number, submitted by journalists publishing or broadcasting for more than 50 metro New York news organizations.
The awards will be presented on Monday, June 13, at the Water Club. Information about the awards and a complete list of winners can be found on the New York Press Club’s Web site: www.nypressclub.org.