The New York Press Club’s 2020 Awards for Excellence in Journalism have been announced and once again Woman Around Town is among the winners. Alix Cohen was awarded the prize in the Critical Arts Review (Internet) category for her story “Moments/Stories – Paintings by Peter Beston,” which ran on the site last June. (See the story here.) The article delved into the artist’s approach, taking photos that inspire his paintings. “As with all Beston’s art, an idea is followed by extensive research and the selection of dozens and dozens of photos,” she wrote.
This is Alix’s 9th award from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on Woman Around Town. Including Alix’s recent award, Woman Around Town has received 25 awards from the New York Press Club.
The awards were delayed because of the pandemic and the annual dinner at New York’s Water Club cancelled. Yet enthusiasm for the organization’s yearly ritual, to single out writers and their organizations for excellence, was not dampened. More than 500 entries were submitted.
New York Times reporter Brian Rosenthal won the 2020 Gold Keyboard Award for “Taken for a Ride,” an investigative series on corruption in the New York City taxi Medallion business. New York Times writers Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor will receive this year’s “Gabe Pressman Truth to Power Award’ for their reporting on the Harvey Weinstein case. Other major media outlets that won awards include the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg Business Week, NBC, CBS, and many others. Woman Around Town is honored to be included among the winners. (See the complete list of winners here.)
Alix is a longtime contributor to Woman Around Town. Her regular beat includes reviewing theater productions, concerts, cabaret, CDs, lectures, books; and authoring profiles of creative people from art to fashion, performance to writing. Since venues have closed during the pandemic, Alix has turned her attention to gathering and critiquing a wide range of films that can be streamed online.