The Crescent City Jewish News captured the Breaking News category for the second year in a row at the Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards on Saturday evening, July 27. CCJN editor Alan Smason received the William Rainey Memorial Award for the second year in a row as a result of capturing the first place award in that category, considered the most coveted of the reporting awards.
Smason was nominated twice in that category for two articles, “Anti-Semitic graffiti removed from NJC temple building,” which won first place, and “City Council meets amid rancor, withdraws controversial Resolution R-18-5,” which received a third place position.
The CCJN was also cited for the Best Critical Review for its review of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s (JPAS) production of “Peter Pan,” which starred Shelbie Mac. Smason, a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, was selected twice in that category as well. He received a first place selection for “Shelbie Mac Soars into the Stratos with Peter Pan” and received a third place position for JPAS’s other production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame“: “Menken-Schwartz’s ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is finest JPAS work ever.”
Smason also won a first place award for Best Editorial, the opinion piece titled “The Spray of Hate,” a piece which documented the spray painting of graffiti on the Northshore Temple Building last summer
Because Smason won the Best Editorial category, he also was given another “best in show” award, the Ashton Phelps Memorial Award, given to the writer who wins the print editorial category.