CCJN editor Alan Smason is cited for Best Editorial; ‘best in show’ award
Crescent City Jewish News editor Alan Smason won the Best Editorial for 2021 at the Press Club of New Orleans’ 64th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala on Saturday night, July 30, at the Higgins Hotel.
Smason won top honors for his editorial “A Failed and Flawed Presidency,” which was published on January 9, 2021, shortly after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He was also the recipient for the second place ranking in the Best Editorial category for his editorial “An Anniversary To Remember and a Year To Forget” that marked the one-year anniversary of the onset of the COVID lockdown.
Because of his Best Editorial category win, Smason automatically received a “best in show” award traditionally given to the writer who wins that category. The Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award was given to Smason for the second time, following his win in the same category in 2019.
Smason received second and third place finishes in the Best Critical Review category. He was cited for his review of Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts’ “Hello, Dolly!” and the story on local actor Dave Davis’ role in the major film release “The Vigil.”
Rien Fertel, who won the category for the last two years, made it three years in a row with his win for “A Pox on All Their Houses” in 64 Parishes magazine.