The Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced the winners of its highly competitive journalism prizes at its annual Awards Dinner on May 22 in Manhattan.
The Associated Press led the winners with prizes in four categories, followed by The New York Times and the Center for Public Integrity, which earned three wins.
The rapidly changing technological landscape of journalism was reflected in the entry pool—many of the works submitted were presented in unique, innovative online formats—and so, too, was the dominant role of Donald Trump in the 2016 news cycle.
The evening’s guest speaker was Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron, who received the club’s First Amendment Award. Baron spoke about the increasing speed and pressure on major news organizations. His remarks generated much discussion on Twitter—tweets can be found by searching the hashtag #deadlineawards.
Marty Baron speaking at the May 22 dinner in Manhattan.
The Associated Press won awards in: Newspaper or Digital Feature Reporting, for “4 Hours in Huntington: How the Heroin Epidemic Choked a City”; Business Investigative Reporting for “Exploited in Paradise”; Spot News Photo, for “Turkey: An Assassination”; and Science, Technology, Medical or Environmental Reporting, for “Politics of Pain” with the Center for Public Integrity.
The New York Times won in Newspaper or Digital Beat Reporting, for “Cramped and Costly”; Sports Reporting, for “Why Steve Kerr Sees Life Beyond The Court”; and Business Feature for “Can Trump Save Their Jobs? They’re Counting On It.”
The Center for Public Integrity was a winner in Science, Technology, Medical or Environmental Reporting for “Politics of Pain” and in two categories, Reporting by Independent Digital Media and Public Service, for “The Panama Papers.”
In the television categories, ABC News, NBC News, and Fusion took home awards.
Some of the other winners this year included Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Mic, Time, Vanity Fair, WNYC, and Yahoo News.
Deadline Club President Michael Arena with Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron
The Deadline Club, founded in New York City in 1925 and the nation’s largest SPJ chapter, received more than 500 entries this year from New York metropolitan area news outlets large and small, traditional, digital, and nonprofit. More than 80 area journalists served as volunteer judges in the contest.
Winners were presented with the distinctive “Rube” statuettes designed especially for The Deadline Club by the artist Rube Goldberg.