The Crescent City Jewish News drew a rare honor Saturday night when it was selected as the first place recipient of the Breaking News category, defeating WWL-TV. Surprised CCJN editor Alan Smason accepted the award on behalf of the website, which publishes the Best of the Crescent City Jewish News Yearbook and SOURCE guide annually.
Smason was cited as the author of the story “New Orleans Community Mobilizes for Houston as Harvey Bears Down on LA.,” which detailed the local Jewish community’s response to the unprecedented rain event in Houston, east Texas and the Lake Charles area.
The online article was republished in the Best of the CCJN 2017 Yearbook earlier this year and can be found on pages 47-48.
As a result of its win in the Breaking News Category, the CCJN was also presented with a Best of Show Award, the Bill Rainey Memorial Award, given out annually to the top print organization that captures the Breaking News category.
Smason also received a second place award for his critical review of “Thrill Me,” a musical based on the Leopold and Loeb thrill murder of the 1920s. That story was also republished in the Best of the CCJN 2017 Yearbook on page 71.
In addition to the CCJN, Jewish TV broadcaster Lee Zurik of Fox 8 WVUE-TV took home five first-place Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards in the categories of Crime Reporting, Government Political Reporting, Business Reporting, Environmental-Science Reporting and Investigative Reporting.
Because of his win in the Investigative Reporting category, Zurik also took home a Best of Show award, the Jim Metcalf Memorial Award, for the best in broadcast writing.
Fellow Jewish investigative reporter David Hammer took home several second and third place awards in TV broadcast categories for his work as well as being part of the WWL-TV staff.
The 60th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala sponsored by the Press Club of New Orleans was held at the newly-opened Jung Hotel on Canal Street from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.