The Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced the winners of its highly competitive journalism prizes at its annual Awards Dinner on May 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria. The Associated Press led the awardees with prizes in five categories, followed by Pro Publica which garnered four awards.
The changing landscape of American journalism – including the shift to digital platforms, the emergence of nonprofit news outlets and project partnerships between traditional and nonprofit organizations – was reflected in this year’s Deadline Club contest, from entries to finalists to winners.
The Associated Press won awards in five categories: Business Investigative Reporting for “Seafood From Slaves”; Spot News Photo for “Fear at the Border”; Sports Photo for “Double Hit Drop”; Multimedia, Interactive Graphics and Animation for “Mexico: The Other Disappeared,” and The Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, also for “Seafood from Slaves.”
ProPublica’s four winning categories were Minority Focus for “The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods”; Newspaper or Digital Feature Reporting for “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a collaboration with The Marshall Project; the Public Service Award for “Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections,”a collaboration with National Public Radio, and Science, Technology, Medical or Environmental Reporting for “Surgeon Scorecard.”
ABC News won the Television Feature prize for “Nightline – Face to Face: One Day With Dad” and Television Series or Investigative Reporting for “Brian Ross Investigates: Dirty Brigades: No Clean Hands in Iraq’s ISIS Fight.”
Other awardees included Newsday, cited for Sports Reporting for “Hard Knocks” and best Feature Photo for ”Dunia’s Smile”; Reuters for Newspaper or Digital Enterprise Reporting for “Helpless and Hooked” and Newspaper or Digital Beat Reporting for “Iraq beat reporting.” The New York Times won Magazine Profile for “Jane Goodall Is Still Wild at Heart” and Digital Video Reporting for “Flirting With the Islamic State.”
The club, founded in New York City in 1925 and the nation’s largest SPJ chapter, received a record 623 entries from metropolitan area news outlets large and small, traditional, digital and nonprofit, in this year’s contest which honored the best work in 2015 in 31 journalism categories. Entries were nominated in all media including print, digital, video, television, radio and still photography.
A record 623 entries were submitted in 31 categories in all media – print, digital, video, television, radio and still photography.
“The sheer number of submissions is a barometer of the vigor and quality of journalism. We’re very pleased to see a vibrant, growing profession,” said Michael Arena, president of The Deadline Club.
Winners were presented with the distinctive “Rube” statuettes designed especially for The Deadline Club by the artist Rube Goldberg.
Nearly 90 area journalists volunteered to judge The Deadline Club’s contest this year.