CCJN takes home several 2019 Press Club Awards
After two years of winning two “best in show” awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, the Crescent City Jewish News settled for several second and third place awards including second place for Best Website.
In addition, editor Alan Smason was given third place for Best Editorial, a category he won last year and for which he also won the Ashton Phelps Sr. MemorialAward for “best in show.” Smason’s third place showing this year was for his editorial responding to Israel’s “Closed Door Policy.”
No submissions were entered this year in the Breaking News category, the category the CCJN won for the past two years and for which it was given the “best in show” William Rainey Memorial Award for two years running as a result.
While Smason did not win the category for Best Critical Arts review as he did last year, he did win second and third places for his reviews of Le Petit’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” and Summer Lyric’s “She Loves Me.”
The awards were presented virtually on Thursday night, October 15 after the original summer gala was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sportscasters Fletcher Mackel of WDSU-TV and Doug Mouton of WWL-TV made the announcements in a two-hour long YouTube presentation.