In recent years, The Deadline Club has established a tradition of hosting a newsmaker interview at the Annual Awards Dinner. This year we have another exceptional event in store, with Gerard Baker, the newly-appointed Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones & Co. and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, in an interview with Andy Serwer, the Managing Editor of Fortune. This will be one of Baker’s first opportunities to address hundreds of New York journalists since taking the helm of Dow Jones at the beginning of this year. Some 250 journalists are expected to pack the banquet room at the Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday, May 16.
Baker is a veteran English newsman, with decades of experience at the BBC and on Fleet Street. From 2009 through the beginning of this year, he was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Journal, which is the largest U.S. newspaper. In his new role, Baker oversees Dow Jones’ global news staff of 2,000 journalists in more than 80 bureaus worldwide. Serwer is responsible for Fortune’s magazine, digital media and conferences. He is a regular guest on MSNBC’S Morning Joe and CNBC’s Squawkbox, and from 2001 to 2006 he served as the business anchor for CNN’s American Morning.
Their chat will be recorded and distributed through this website. Previous newsmaker interviews are available for viewing now. The Club was honored to host interviews with Steve Kroft by Stephen Shepard (video) in 2012 and with Tina Brown by Keith Kelly (video) in 2011.
Apart from this highlight, the evening will include the usual trappings of a journalism awards dinner. There will be a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Waldorf’s Vanderbilt Room, after which the guests will move across the lobby for dinner in The Empire Room. Following the newsmaker interview, the winners of the annual awards contest will be presented with “Rubes,” unique award statuettes that were designed for The Deadline Club by the American artist Rube Goldberg. The finalists in this contest were announced at the beginning of April.
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 and Vanity Fair 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.
“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.
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 the club and include “awards dinner sponsorship” in the subject line.