The Deadline Club is pleased to present the finalists in the 2013 Annual Awards Contest.
The journalists represented here hail from all corners of the New York media world—from newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet. The New York Times tops the list with 11 finalists. Newsday weighs in with eight finalists, including one co-production for television with News 12 Westchester and Hudson Valley. On the print side, The Wall Street Journal and its affiliated magazine SmartMoney came in next with seven finalists. The Associated Press, Fortune Magazine and Vanity Fair Magazine have six finalists each. Once again, WNYC swept the radio category, racking up five finalist nods, including in the Social Media category and the platform-neutral Minority Focus category. In television, both the ABC and NBC networks are represented, as well as nine finalists from the News 12 stations in Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey.
Several new categories have been added in recent years to acknowledge the rise of digital media, including the Social Media category, with finalists from CNNMoney, News 12 Interactive and Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, and Digital Video Reporting, with finalists from Newsday, The New York Times and Time Magazine. Several media companies were either newcomers or returned to the contest, including Reuters, Rolling Stone and Quartz, which had not begun publishing when The Deadline Club announced its awards contest finalists last year.
“The contest was particularly challenging to judge this year, with a record 500 entries,” said J. Alex Tarquinio, President of The Deadline Club. “The work covered such crucial topics as the rise of China, corporate malfeasance and threats to public health and safety.”
The entries were considered by more than 80 judges, including many of the city’s best and brightest writers, editors, photographers and producers working in the profession today.
Media outlets focused their lenses on many far-flung issues, from a brewing epidemic of drug-resistant TB in India to the appalling working conditions in iPhone factories in China. Closer to home, they looked at shortfalls in public services, from housing to healthcare to higher education. Many of the finalists focused on the protracted agonies of local residents after Superstorm Sandy.
The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 16 at the Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, where they will be presented with “Rubes,” award statuettes that were designed for The Deadline Club by the American artist Rube Goldberg. The evening will include featured speaker Gerard Baker, the Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones Newswires and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal. Tickets and tables are now on sale through The Deadline Club’s website.
The evening will also include the presentation of The Deadline Club scholarships, with $10,000 available for four $2,500 scholarships to local undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline to enter the scholarship contest is Friday, April 19.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Annual Awards Dinner, with all proceeds from the event supporting future scholarships and Deadline Club programming. Sponsors need to make arrangements with The Deadline Club by April 30 to ensure their inclusion in the awards dinner programs and audio-visual presentation. For more information, email info(at)deadlineclub.org and include “awards dinner sponsorship” in the subject line.