For the third year in a row, Woman Around Town has been recognized for excellence in writing with awards from the New York Press Club. Nearly 400 entries were submitted representing 58 New York news operations, including journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the internet. Woman Around Town’s awards were in the internet category, one that is becoming increasingly competitive as more news operations launch online sites.
For the second year, Charlene Giannetti, co-founder and editor of Woman Around Town, received the prestigious Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York Award, for a story or series that is most complimentary of New York City. Charlene was cited for her profile of Deborah Koenigsberger, founder of Hearts of Gold, a non profit that helps homeless women and their families. Charlene won last year for her profile of educator Edes Gilbert.
Charlene also won in the Sports News category for “Mickey Mantle—Reluctant Hero,” a review of Jane Leavy’s book, The Last Boy.
Alix Cohen was recognized for the third year, this time in the Entertainment News category for “Marching to Save Mother Earth,” a review of a Taylor Mac Production at La Mama Theater. In 2011, Alix’s won in the Feature Reporting category for her story, “Vicki Abelson: Move Over Gertrude Stein,” and in 2010, in the Entertainment News category for her review of The Lily’s Revenge—A Flowergory Manifold, a presentation of the HERE Arts Center.
As always, the competition for business news was fierce. For the second year, Merry Sheils was recognized for her financial reporting, this time for “Hedge Funds: A Three Part Series.” Last year, Merry won for a three-part series on ETFs.
An Associated Press team nabbed top honors winning the Press Club’s Gold Keyboard Award for the investigative series, “NYPD Spies on NYC.” The stories by Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Chris Hawley and Eillen Sullivan fired renewed debate over a central, post-9/11 question: How far should government go to prevent another major terrorist attack in the United States?
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. Entries are considered in more than 20 categories of reporting. Judging is by prominent working journalists, former journalists and academics who are selected for their expertise in each category.
Award presentations will take place Monday, June 11th, at the Press Club’s Awards and Installation of Officers Dinner at Manhattan’s Water Club. More information about the awards and a complete list of winners can be found on the New York Press Club’s website.