Awards Winners and Finalists Presented in 2008

The Deadline Club is pleased to announce the winners in the 2008 Annual Awards Contest, which honors excellence in journalism in 2007. The Deadline Club Awards recognize the best in New York area journalism – printed, broadcast or otherwise distributed. Winners were announced at the Annual Awards Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Thursday, May 15, 2008. The evening featured a keynote address by Paul Steiger, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive of ProPublica.

 

1. The Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting

Newspapers and Wire Services

Enterprise or in-depth coverage of an important topic whose publication had or could have significant public impact. Entries may be a single article or a series of no more than five related articles, and may include sidebars.

Winner
· Investigative Staff, New York Daily News, “School Bus
Disgrace”

 

Finalists
·Gary Cohn, David Dietz and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg
News
, “The Insurance Hoax”· Staff, Newsday, “LIRR Gap.They Failed to Act”

2. Beat Reporting

Newspapers and wire services

Coverage by one reporter of a particular subject area. Entries may include four to six articles concerning that subject, and may include sidebars.

Winner
·Elizabeth Bernstein, The Wall Street Journal

 

Finalists
· Erin Einhorn, New York Daily News
· Tom Robbins, The Village Voice

3. Feature Reporting

Newspapers and wire services

Trend, profile, human-interest or any other type of feature that is not a breaking, hard-news story. Entries may be a single article, and may include sidebars.

Winner
· Beth Whitehouse, Newsday, “The Match”

 

Finalists
·David Gonzalez, The New York Times, “House Afire”
· John Lippert, Bloomberg, “The Fall of Detroit”

4. Spot News Reporting

Newspapers, Circulation over 100,000

Deadline reporting of a single event. Entries must have appeared in the newspaper issue that directly followed the event. Entries must be a single article, and may include sidebars.

Winner
·Staff, New York Post, “Midtown Volcano!”

 

Finalists
· Staff, New York Post, “Village Shootout”· Staff, The Wall Street Journal, “Murdoch Wins His Bid
for Dow Jones”

5. Spot News Reporting

Wire services

Coverage of a single event as it is unfolding or immediately following. Entries must have been published no later than the day following the event. Entries may be a single article or a series of up to 10 updates over a day’s time, and may include sidebars.

· No winner.

6. Reporting

Newspapers, Circulation under 100,000

Spot news, series, investigative or feature stories. Entries may be a single article or a series of up to three related articles, and may include sidebars.

Winner
·Michael Luongo, Gay City News, “Our Man in Baghdad”

 

Finalists
· Alex MacInnes, Herald News,”Cashing in on the Needy”
· Nathaniel Popper, Forward, “Battle Forming over Jewel
of Yiddish Stage”

7. News, Series or Investigative Reporting

Magazines

Reporting on any news event or issue as a single story, series or investigative report. Entries may be a single article or a series of up to three related articles, and may include sidebars.

Winner
· Staff, Newsweek, “He’s Still Out There: The Hunt for
Bin Laden”

 

Finalists
·David Dietz and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg News, “The
Insurance Hoax”
· Bill McGee, Consumer Reports, “An Accident Waiting to
Happen?”

8. Feature Reporting

Magazines

Trend, profile, human-interest or any other type of feature that is not a breaking hard-news story. Entries may be a single article, and may include sidebars.

Winner
·Charles Fishman, Fast Company, “Message in a Bottle”

 

Finalists
· Robert D. Hof, BusinessWeek, “Who’s Afraid of Google?”
· Melinda Liu, Newsweek, “Mao to Now”
· Clive Thompson, Fast Company, “Motorhead Messiah”

9. Web News Exclusive

Online

Coverage of any breaking event or discovery in a Web-only publication or in the Web version of a traditional news outlet. Entries must be a single article, package of words and photos, or package of words and video, and may include sidebars.

·No winner.

10. News Blog

Online

Coverage of any news event or issue in a Web-only publication or in the Web version of a traditional news outlet. Entries
can be a single article or up to three related articles, and may
include sidebars. Entries will be judged on quality of original
reporting, sourcing, accuracy, balance and clarity.

Winner
· Elizabeth Benjamin, New York Daily News, “The Daily
Politics”

 

Finalists
·Peter Abraham, The Journal News, New York Yankees
coverage· Staff, Herald News, Election Day coverage

11. Multimedia Presentation

Online

A cohesive package of written stories, photographs, graphics,
audio and/or video covering a single issue that is not a breaking,
hard-news story. Entry must include at least three of these
elements and must have appeared in a Web-only publication
or in the Web version of a traditional news outlet.

Winner
·David Alpern, Jonathan Groat and Jennifer Molina, Newsweek, “Voices of the Fallen”

 

Finalists
· Roben Farzad, BusinessWeek, “Can Greed Save Africa”
and “Extreme Investing: Inside Columbia”
· Staff, The Journal News, Empire State Games

12. Arts Reporting

Specialized writing

Coverage of theater, dance, literature, film, music or visual art. Entries may be trend stories, profiles, reviews, criticism or investigation. Entries may be a single article or up to three related articles, and may include sidebars.

Winner
·Hillel Italie, Associated Press, Interview with “The
Outsiders” author S.E. Hinton

 

Finalists
·Rob Harvilla, The Village Voice, “Hot, Hot Heat”· James S. Russell, Bloomberg News, “Architectural
Embarrassments”

13. Business Feature

Specialized writing

Trend, profile, human-interest or any other type of business feature that is not a breaking, hard-news story. Entries may be a single article, and may include sidebars.

Winner
· Kate Kelly, The Wall Street Journal, “Bear CEO’s
Handling of Crisis Raises Issues”

 

Finalists
·Susan Berfield and Anne Tergesen, BusinessWeek, “I Can
Get Your Kid into an Ivy”· Nelson D. Schwartz, The New York Times, “Can the
Mortgage Crisis Swallow a Town?”

14. Business News, Series or Investigative Reporting

Specialized writing

Coverage of any business news event or issue as a single story, series or investigative report. Entries may be a single article or a series of up to three related articles, and may include sidebars.

Winner
· Charles Duhigg, The New York Times, Series on
businesses exploiting the elderly

 

Finalists
·Gary Cohn, David Dietz and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg
News
, “The Insurance Hoax”· David Henry and Matt Goldstein, BusinessWeek, “Bear’s
Hocus Pocus”

15. Opinion Writing

Specialized writing

Editorial, regular column or guest column on any topic. Entries may be a single article or up to three articles.

Winner
·Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

 

Finalists
· James S. Russell, Bloomberg News
· Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek

16. Science, Technology, Medical or Environmental Reporting

Specialized writing

Breaking news, feature, analysis or investigation about scientific discovery, application or situation. Entries may be a single article or up to three related articles and may include sidebars.

Winner
· Daphne Eviatar, New York Magazine, “The Ooze”

 

Finalists
·Sharon Begley, Newsweek, “The Truth About Denial (of
global warming)”
· Carlos Caminada and Michael Smith, Bloomberg Markets,
“Ethanol’s Deadly Brew”

17. Sports Reporting

Specialized writing

Coverage of an event, feature, profile or business story related to organized sports. Entries may be a single article or up to three related articles, and may include sidebars.

Winner
· Murray Weiss, Stefanie Cohen, Patrick Gallahue, Tom
Liddy, Jana Winter, Marc Berman and Fred Kerber, New
York Post
, “Fixed! NBA Ref in Mob Betting Scandal”

 

Finalists
·Jerry Bembry, ESPN, “The Legacy of Jalen Rose and
Jimmy Walker”

18. Spot News Photo

Photography and graphics

Photo of a breaking news story, either scheduled or unscheduled. One to three related photos per entry.

Winner
· Ahmad Reza Halabisaz, Associated Press, “Hanged”

 

Finalists
·Steve Chen, Associated Press, “Deadly Jaws”· James Keivom, New York Daily News, “Four Die in
Bloodbath”

19. Feature Photo

Photography and graphics

Photo that does not involve a breaking news story. One to three related photos per entry.

Winner
· Brent Stirton, Getty Images/Newsweek, “Slaughter in
the Jungle”

 

Finalists
·Cedric Gerbehaye, Agence Vu/Newsweek, “Congo Unrest”
· Ari Mintz, Newsday, “Soap Star”

20. Sports Photo

Photography and graphics

Photo of athletes or sports event. One to three related photos per entry.

Winner
·Nicolas Gouhier, Sports Illustrated, “Reflected
Flight”

 

Finalists
· Kathy Kmonicek, Newsday, “Sir, I Respectfully
Disagree”
· Amy Sancetta, Associated Press, “Tuff Loss”

21. Editorial Cartoon

Photography and graphics

Editorial cartoon appearing on an editorial or opinion page. One cartoon per entry. This category is for best cartoon, not cartoonist.

·No winner.

22. Information Graphic

Photography and graphics

Visual representation of information using graphics. Illustrations that present no information are not eligible. Entries may be a single graphic or a series of graphics presented in a single story package.

Winner
·Rod Eyer and Andrew Wong, Newsday, “Selecting a
Match/Diamond Blackfan Anemia”

 

Finalists
· Rod Eyer and Andrew Wong, Newsday, “Toxic Vapors”·
Rod Eyer, Gustavo Pabon, James Rupert and J. Stephen
Smith, Newsday, “Operation Red Wing”

23. Page Design

Photography and graphics

Design of a features page or pages demonstrating style and creativity while enhancing content. Entries may be a single page or a series of no more than three related pages.

·No winner.

24. Spot News Reporting

Radio

Coverage of an event as it is unfolding or immediately following. Entries may be up to 15 minutes long.

Winner
· Staff, CBS Radio News, “Steam Pipe Explosion”

25. General Reporting

Radio

Feature, series or investigative report on any topic. Entries
may be a single broadcast or a series of up to three parts.
Complete entries may be up to 30 minutes long.

Winner
·Carole Zimmer, Bloomberg Radio, “Subprime Meltdown:
the Families”

 

Finalists
· Gideon D’Arcangelo and David Krasnow, Pri’s Studio
360
, “Migrants Lovesong”·
Carole Zimmer, Bloomberg Radio, “Banning the Burqa”

26. Spot News Reporting

Television

Coverage of an event as it is unfolding or immediately following. Entries may be up to 15 minutes long.

· No winner.

27. Feature Reporting

Television

Trend stories, profiles, humor, human-interest stories or any other type of feature. Entries may be a single broadcast up to 20 minutes long.

Winner
·Virginia Huie, Brian Jingeleski, Jim Luning, News 12
Long Island
, “Fighting Spirit”

 

Finalists
· John Capriotti and Dave Grunebaum, News 12 New Jersey,
“Nobel Prize Winner”·
Sandra King, New Jersey Network Public Television &
Radio
, “America’s Concentration Camps”

28. Series or Investigative Reporting

Television

Series or investigative report on any topic. Entries may be a single broadcast or a series of up to three parts. Complete entries may be up to 45 minutes long.

Winner
· Brian Ross, Maddy Sauer, Justin Rood, Asa Eslocker,
Avni Patel, ABC News, “Raped in Iraq: The Halliburton
Victims”

 

Finalists
·Barbara Nevins Taylor and the I-Team, WWOR-TV/My 9
News
, “No Way to Live”

29. Business Reporting

Television

Business story reported as spot news, feature, series or investigative report. Entries may be a single broadcast or a series of up to three parts. Complete entries may be up to 30 minutes long.

Winner
· Gary Matsumoto, Karin Annus, Antony Michels, Mike Schneider and Mary Linnane Bloomberg, “Phantom Shares”

 

Finalists
· Karin Annus, Mary Linnane, Gary Matsumoto,
Antony Michels, Mike Schneider, Bloomberg, “Subprime in the Schoolhouse”
·Allan Chernoff, CNN, “Soaring Gas Prices”

30. Minority Focus

Omnibus awards

Coverage of a particular minority community, or of an issue with particular impact on such a community, that has import to the community at large. Entries may be a single article or broadcast or a series of no more than five related parts, including editorials, commentary and sidebars.

Winner
·Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal, Series on the
American Indian justice system

 

Finalists
· David Gonzalez, The New York Times, “House Afire”
series on Latino Pentecostalism
· Chloe A. Hillard, The Village Voice, “Girls to Men”
feature on hip-hop lesbians

31. The James Wright Brown Public Service Award

Omnibus awards

Given to a news organization that renders a public service to the communities it serves through extensive coverage of controversial issues facing those communities. For newspapers and magazines, entries may be a single article or a series of no more than five related articles. They may include editorials, commentary and sidebars. Radio and television entries may be a single broadcast or a series of no more than five related parts.

Winner
·David Evans and Richard Tomlinson, Bloomberg News,
“Toxic Debt”

 

Finalists
· Gary Cohn, David Dietz and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg
News
, “The Insurance Hoax”·
Jarrett Murphy, City Limits, “Prisoners Dilemma”

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