AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Press Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Press Club Awards.

INTERNET BEST LOCAL NEWS WEBSITE
 
FIRST PLACE:  nola.com  
James O'Byrne, nola.com staff

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Very comprehensive site; easy to navigate. Tons of local content from all areas of coverage. Well organized.


SECOND PLACE: Staff, The Lens

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A real public service. Good projects, in-depth coverage/investigations that generated results and reactions. A good model for how to do such work.


THIRD PLACE: B.E. Mintz, Levi Bruce
NOLA Defender 

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Liked this site a lot; fun, snappy and newsy.

           

INTERNET EMAIL UPDATES

FIRST PLACE: Staff, OffBeat Magazine
Weekly Beat

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Nicely done, lots of information. Easy to navigate. Important way to engage readers and broaden audience. Well executed.


SECOND PLACE: Staff, nola.com/The Times-Picayune 
New Orleans Saints updates  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: I’m sure Saints fans gobble this email up; good way to keep them engaged. Newsy, easy to follow. Good use of the paper's multimedia reach.


THIRD PLACE: Staff, nola.com/The Times-Picayune  
Eating in — New Orleans Food and Recipes  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Interesting, good way to target readers who follow food and restaurants. Good use of the paper's multimedia reach.



INTERNET INNOVATION

FIRST PLACE: Staff, nola.com/The Times-Picayune
nola.com mobile app  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE: Kayla Castille, WDSU-TV   
WDSU Parade Tracker

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE: Keith I. Marszalek, nola.com  
New Orleans Saints tribute songs

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



INTERNET NEWS AFFILIATED BLOG
 
FIRST PLACE: Errol Laborde, Renaissance Publishing
The Editor’s Room with Errol Laborde
 
NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE: Eve Kidd Crawford, Renaissance Publishing
Joie d’Eve with Eve Kidd Crawford

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE: Mark Moseley, The Lens
Moseley at TheLendsNola.com

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



INTERNET BEST INDEPENDENT BLOG
 
FIRST PLACE: Alison Fensterstock, Aubrey Edwards, Erik Kiesewetter
Where They At: New Orleans Bounce and Hip-Hop in Words and Pictures  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE: Anne Berry
Looking to September: How Louisiana farmers will save the oyster  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



INTERNET BEST FEATURE AFFILIATED BLOG

FIRST PLACE: Staff, WWL-TV
Napoleon’s Restaurant Reviews

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE:  Alex Rawls
OffBeat Magazine

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE: Jan Ramsey
OffBeat Magazine   

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



INTERNET BEST SPORTS BLOG

FIRST PLACE: Chris Finch, WVUE-TV  
Section 642  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE: Staff, WWL-TV
Eye on Black and Gold  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:  Staff, nola.com/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Saints Central  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



INTERNET SPECIAL SECTION
 
FIRST PLACE: Brian Lukas, WWL-TV  
Looking Back: Katrina through the photographer's lens  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE: Ray Koenig, nola.com 
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE: Staff, WWL-TV
Katrina 5th Anniversary  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT

         

INTERNET INFOGRAPHICS

FIRST PLACE: Staff, nola.com/The Times-Picayune
Deepwater Disaster: Blow by Blow

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE: Staff, nola.com/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Traffic Camera map

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


INTERNET AFFILIATED SOCIAL MEDIA

FIRST PLACE: Staff, The Lens

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE: Alex Rawls and Ben Berman
OffBeat Magazine

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE: Kevin Allman
Gambit

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PRINT BREAKING NEWS
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: All the stories in this category came across fairly well despite the brevity of time that was needed to make deadline. The clear winner was "Speeding car," which put together an unusually complete story. No holes were visible. A lot of good reporting was done on the second-place story, but holes did pop up. The shipyard story took a potentially dry subject and brought it to life.

FIRST PLACE: Danny Monteverde, Ramon Antonio Vargas; The Times-Picayune
Speeding car careens off Seeber Bridge

JUDGE’S COMMENT: In a short period of time the writers put together an unusually complete story. A good lead makes the reader feel he was there. All of the important questions are answered. The chronology of events was handled smoothly and vividly, and the choice of quotes is excellent. Concisely recapping the previous year's incident was wise and executed perfectly. Well done. No question that this article deserved to win its category. Congratulations!


SECOND PLACE: Danny Monteverde, Katie Urbaszewski; The Times-Picayune
Four victims of 9th Ward fire identified

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The story set the scene quite descriptively and provides good color. Some questions, though, remain: * Martinez moved to New Orleans to be with her mom, who was not named? If the local mother was unavailable for comment, say so. * Keelan delivered news to victims' families, but their reactions are excluded. * Why was Guerrero nicknamed "Carwash"? * Better, more insightful quotes would have helped. Quotes such as "he had a girlfriend and a couple of dogs" should be paraphrased, with quote marks reserved for unique thoughts, such as the tell-tale "It was the most horrendous day of my life." * Avoiding the cliche "come to grips" is a good idea, even under deadline. All in all, a lot of good material is packed into this story written in a short time.


THIRD PLACE: Staff, New Orleans CityBusiness
Shipyard’s departure breaks long-standing community ties

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The article gives a good feel for the importance of the shipyard in the community. Feedback from various members of the community fleshed out a good story under deadline. The reader is given a sense of what the future holds for the area. Numbers are used methodically and sparingly, letting the story flow while including important data. Using a second-day lead on a breaking news story might be questioned in this case, but a good job overall. A potentially dry subject was brought to life.


PRINT GENERAL NEWS STORY

FIRST PLACE: Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune
1979 Ixtoc Blowout: Mexican coast's recovery had unforeseen twists


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SECOND PLACE: Katy Reckdahl, The Times-Picayune 
One 7th Ward block struggles to get home, 5 years after Katrina

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE: Kevin Allman, Alex Woodward; Gambit 
Tokin’ Gesture


NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PRINT FEATURE

FIRST PLACE: Coleman Warner, Renaissance Publishing
Covering Katrina

JUDGE’S COMMENT: For anyone interested in human drama, this story is simply un-put-down-able, no matter how much you've read about Katrina. A compelling mix of immediacy and reflection, filled with vivid images, jarring and comforting, harrowing and comedic. We didn't want it to end.


SECOND PLACE: Mary Fitzpatrick, Preservation in Print
Plus Ca Change at Antoine’s

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A rare account of this kind, stylishly — even playfully — describing how an establishment's proud history can be brought up to code. We can't wait to snoop around Antoine's the next time we're in town.


THIRD PLACE: Susan Larson, Louisiana Cultural Vistas
The pursuit of pleasure and perfection

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Larson not only brings Collin to life by mixing unexpected details with the well-known, but she has knack for eliciting insightful, character-adding quotes.



PRINT CONTINUING COVERAGE

FIRST PLACE: Staff, New Orleans CityBusiness
Coastal Crisis series

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The series delivered outstanding coverage of how the BP oil spill and aftermath affected business industries in New Orleans. Instead of hanging the stories on facts and figures, the reporter found engaging people to tell the story through. The result: a series that is just as compelling to folks outside the business sector as those in the industry.


SECOND PLACE:
Ramon Antonio Vargas, Danny Monteverde, Katie Urbaszewski; The Times-Picayune

The murder of 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The reporters clearly established a strong rapport with the family of the young boy who was killed, which gave readers incredible access to their raw emotion. Stories were well written and crafted with engaging ledes/intros that are refreshingly atypical of traditional crime stories.


THIRD PLACE: Precious Esie, Sam Winstrom, Craig Malveaux; The Maroon
State of the union/Students protest Sodexo actions/Employee says union caused termination/Access denied  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The paper kept up a strong pace of stories focusing on the labor dispute as the campus food service workers moved to unionize. As the issue got more complex, involving student protests and the firing of a food service worker under questionable circumstances, the journalists persevered to deliver well-rounded coverage covering multiple points of view.



PRINT INVESTIGATIVE

FIRST PLACE: Ariella Cohen, The Lens 
Following the money: the use and abuse of Katrina recovery dollars

JUDGE’S COMMENT: NY Times level reporting It's a national issue Great investigative reporting. The Lens New Orleans/Katrina story Art is super. Great job broadening out local angle with reporting. No typos or glitches. Painstaking research. Conclusions help the readers understand the piece.


SECOND PLACE: Matt Davis, Karen Gadbois; The Lens
Investigation of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman's effort to expand Orleans Parish Prison


JUDGE’S COMMENT: The Lens New Orleans jail series Not really a true investigative series but is a dogged compilation of daily stories on the same issue. There was a long, well-reported piece near the end. But it all got a little tedious. Some days they wrote stories without advancing the news very much.


THIRD PLACE: Jessica Williams, The Lens
Through a glass darkly: Lack of transparency in New Orleans' charter schools


JUDGE’S COMMENT: Lens charter schools series The Lens charter school stories. Again, a series of daily stories, as opposed to an investigation that runs five big stories over the course of a week. But it shed light on an important subject and caused a more democratic process to evolve



PRINT SCIENCE/HEALTH/TECHNOLOGY

FIRST PLACE: Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune
As the year ends, thousands of oil spill responders still toil along the Louisiana coast  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Well researched and well written piece, truly showing the impact of the BP oil disaster.


SECOND PLACE: Richard A. Webster, New Orleans CityBusiness
Scavenger Caregivers: Owner evicts group home operators


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THIRD PLACE: Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune
Patients stuck in revolving door

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PRINT ENTERTAINMENT

FIRST PLACE: Kathy Finn, Louisiana Cultural Vistas
Yes He Can Can

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Very entertainment and informative feature--loved the dance references


SECOND PLACE: Alex Rawls, OffBeat Magazine
To Tell the Truth

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THIRD PLACE: Jordan DeFrank, Renaissance Publishing
Halloween+Saints vs. Steelers=Party!  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PRINT EDITORIAL

FIRST PLACE: Alex Fournet, The Maroon           
Men need to step up, take responsibility/Sexual assault too prevalent

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A pointed, powerful commenatary.


SECOND PLACE: Errol Laborde, Renaissance Publishing  
There’s a cultural side to the Gulf

JUDGE’S COMMENT:A welcomed, corrective perspective geographically, historically AND culturally challenged.


THIRD PLACE: Greg LaRose, New Orleans CityBusiness
History speaks for itself

JUDGE’S COMMENT: City Business gives "history" a voice.



PRINT CRITICAL REVIEW

JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: New Orleans is home to a wonderful and imaginative group of writers.


FIRST PLACE: John Swenson, OffBeat Magazine  
American Patchwork

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The essence of the subject is captured in this review. An engaging story beautifully written.


SECOND PLACE: Kevin Allman, Gambit   
The Big Uneasy

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A well balanced review of Harry Shearer's doc. Concise and informative.


THIRD PLACE: Tom Uskali, Louisiana Cultural Vistas
A Man of Letters

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PRINT BUSINESS

FIRST PLACE: Richard A. Webster, New Orleans CityBusiness
Spillionaires

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A well-done look into profiteers of a disaster, an angle not generally covered this well.


SECOND PLACE: Autumn Giusti, Flip-flop entrepreneur has to cool his heels
New Orleans CityBusiness


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THIRD PLACE: Kathy Finn, Renaissance Publishing
Banking on Better Times

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


    
PRINT COLUMN
 
FIRST PLACE:
Jordan Shay

Where Y'at Magazine
City Sustainability

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Completely loved the concept behind this column. Something every market should employ.


SECOND PLACE:
Jessica Harris
Louisiana Cultural Vistas 
Louisiana Foodways    

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Clancy DuBos

Gambit
The Krewe of Arrogance: Ray Nagin and Aaron Broussard; The Nagin Countdown: 60 Days Left; The State's Fiscal Crisis

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PRINT COMMUNITY NEWS
 
FIRST PLACE:
Ramon Antonio Vargas
The Times-Picayune
Katrina tested police officer's mettle  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Insightful feature about the tested mettle of a man having to deal with two sides to the crisis.


SECOND PLACE:
Danny Monteverde
The Times-Picayune
Clerk has front row to 55 years of NOPD history  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Precious Esie
The Maroon
Loyola College of Law students volunteer services to taxpayers  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PRINT SPECIAL SECTION
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: This category had all winner really. So many different subject matters. The Trumpet entry was well done. I could feel the passion.

FIRST PLACE:
Staff 
Gambit
Katrina at 5   

JUDGE’S COMMENT: To begin, great cover. Enjoyed Chris Rose column. Being from the north this is a real eye opener to deeper aftermath of Katrina.


SECOND PLACE:
Christian Moises, Alex Borges

New Orleans CityBusiness  
Top Construction Projects  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Strong layout and photos made this subject intriguing. Well done.


THIRD PLACE:
Staff
Gambit
Gambit 30

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Tons of work went into this section. Gathering of the past pre-digital was a labor of love.



PRINT COVER
  
FIRST PLACE:
Elsa Hahne

OffBeat Magazine
September Cover

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Clever use of photoshopped art with Susan Spicer and the wire whip--very creative concept


SECOND PLACE:
Mary Fitzpatrick
Preservation in Print
 
NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Gary LoVerde
Where Y'at Magazine
My Indian Red: Jazz Fest Weekend 1 Cover  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


 
PRINT LAYOUT/DESIGN
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: Truthfully, all of the entries were were done and worthy of recognition.

FIRST PLACE:
Toan Nguyen
Louisiana Cultural Vistas  
General Claire Lee Chenault and His Flying Tigers  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Fabulous! The art, the creative borders and backgrounds. It was a perfect blend of design and story coming together.


SECOND PLACE:
Eric Gernhauser
Renaissance Publishing
Livin' La Vida Loca  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The vibrant use of color really sold this one.


THIRD PLACE:
Tiffani Reding
Renaissance Publishing
Vintage Louisiana  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Love the vintage photos and art. They really told a story creatively.



PRINT HEADLINE
 
FIRST PLACE:
Jordan DeFrank
Renaissance Publishing
Pooches Gracias    

JUDGE’S COMMENT: I'm a big fan of clever puns--this was funny and informational together.


SECOND PLACE:
Staff
Gambit 
Tokin’ Gesture

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Eve Kidd Crawford

Renaissance Publishing
Cheesy Does It

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PRINT EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: A nice selection and variety of visual solutions to compliment the subject matter and engage the reader.

FIRST PLACE:
Joseph Daniel Fiedler

Renaissance Publishing
Covering Katrina

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Great raw drawing style fits well for this subject. It engages the reader for dramatic storytelling. The painting has a spontaneous feeling that also suggests the immediacy of the situation.


SECOND PLACE:
Lisa Finnan

New Orleans CityBusiness 
Fastest Growing Companies

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The concept relates to the subject as well as the overall design and typography of the page. The usage of white space surrounding the illustration makes it engaging to the reader.


THIRD PLACE:    
Toan Nguyen
Louisiana Cultural Vistas
The Sunshine Governor 

JUDGE’S COMMENT: With a traditional poster treatment, this stylized piece of art relies on a dynamic composition and high contrast.



PRINT CARTOON

FIRST PLACE:
Mike Luckovich 

Renaissance Publishing
There’s a Cultural Side to the Gulf
 
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PRINT SPORTS STORY

FIRST PLACE:
Les East
Staying put? Hornets say Paul doesn't request trade in meeting  
The Advocate

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT

 

PRINT SPORTS FEATURE

FIRST PLACE:
Thomas Leggett
Louisiana Health and Fitness
Deep Sea Fang and Claw  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Vivid and engaging: This judge was hooked.

SECOND PLACE:
Ramon Antonio Vargas
The Times-Picayune
Announcer calls game in tribute to departed son  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A wonderful window on love, sport and family.


THIRD PLACE:
Les East
Remembering Katrina, five years later. Saints take amazing journey after 2005 storm devastates community  
The Advocate

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A good story, well told.



PRINT SPORT COLUMN

FIRST PLACE:
Les East
Busy as a Brees — Saints QB constantly working to improve despite loaded schedule  

The Advocate

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT

 

RADIO GENERAL NEWS
 
FIRST PLACE:
Angela Taylor
WWNO-FM
Students Evaluate New Orleans Public Schools

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT

         
  
RADIO FEATURE

FIRST PLACE:                                   
Angela Taylor
WWNO-FM
Moratorium in Gulf: Louisianans Weigh Consequences  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: this is an excellent examination of the attempts to prevent another environmental disaster.

SECOND PLACE:
Diane Mack
WWNO-FM
Santaland Diaries  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: This was fun and enjoyable to listen to.


THIRD PLACE: 
Angela Taylor
WWNO-FM 
Ten Plaintiffs File Suit Against LDE, Part 1; Ten Plaintiffs File Suit Against LDE, Part 2  
NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



RADIO CONTINUING COVERAGE
 
FIRST PLACE:
Angela Taylor
WWNO-FM  
BESE Approves Pastorek Plan; Public Debates Return of Schools; School Governance Issue Begins  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A well balanced report on the future of New Orleans' schools.



RADIO BEST TALK SHOW
 
FIRST PLACE:
Harold Clark, Theresa Sanchez, Eddie Francis
WYLD-FM 
Violence in New Orleans

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A thorough community examination of a deadly crime on the streets of New Orleans.

 

RADIO ENTERTAINMENT
 
FIRST PLACE:
Eddie Francis, Harold Clark
WYLD-FM 
Immaculee Ilibagiza

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The gripping saga of Immaculee Ilibagiza, one of eight women who hid in a bathroom for 91 days to avoid being killed in the Rwandan genocide is captured nicely in this piece.

            
       
PUBLIC RELATIONS TV PSA (AGENCY/STAFF 5 AND FEWER EMPLOYEES)

FIRST PLACE:  
Staff
Catholic Charities of New Orleans  
Katrina: Fifth Anniversary

JUDGE’S COMMENT: The positive message was well presented. Voice over and text added to the theme.


SECOND PLACE:
Marketing & PR Department
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area  
Live United | 2010

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Using interview furthered understanding of United Way's role.


THIRD PLACE:
Marketing & PR Department
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area  
Live United | Katrina 5 Years Later

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PUBLIC RELATIONS RADIO PSA

FIRST PLACE:
Marketing & PR Department
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area  
Live United | Katrina 5 Years Later

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PUBLIC RELATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY
 
FIRST PLACE:
Angela Daviston
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools 
Salmen High School Ribboncutting Program

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Nice angles and good use of layout.


         
PUBLIC RELATIONS PR CAMPAIGN (AGENCY/STAFF MORE THAN 5 EMPLOYEES)

FIRST PLACE:
Larry Lovell, Andrew Nelson
Peter A. Mayer Public Relations  
Living With Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Well orchestrated campaign. Good use of all the New Media and Social Media platforms.


SECOND PLACE:
Lindsay Southwick, Marc Ehrhardt
The Ehrhardt Group
2010 Bipartisan Policy Center Political Summit: Beyond the Ballot

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Effective campaign. All materials nicely executed.


THIRD PLACE:
Matthew Bowes 
Bond PR
New Orleans Jesters

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



PUBLIC RELATIONS PR CAMPAIGN (AGENCY/STAFF 5 AND FEWER EMPLOYEES)

FIRST PLACE:
Marketing & PR Department
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area  
Live United
   
JUDGE’S COMMENT: These materials show a lot of work and a lot of love. The white boots on the dock, perfect.


SECOND PLACE:
Staff 
Gambel Communications   
Forward New Orleans 

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Great logo and look to the program.



PUBLIC RELATIONS PR PRESS KIT (AGENCY/STAFF 5 AND FEWER EMPLOYEES)

FIRST PLACE:
Meredith Hartley
Loyola University 
Loyola Experts Guide

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Beautifully presented and written guide.


SECOND PLACE:
Larry Lovell, Andrew Nelson
Peter A. Mayer Public Relations
Hurricane Katrina — A storm of change

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Through collection of reports and information. Good work


 
PUBLIC RELATIONS BROCHURE

FIRST PLACE:        
Jennifer Hronek, Sarah Ravits
Renaissance Publishing
New Orleans Port Record

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Strong images and bold layout make this entry a stand out.


SECOND PLACE:   
Marketing & PR Department
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area
United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Good use of small space. Clean and easy to read.


THIRD PLACE:
Jennifer Hronek, Sarah Ravits
Renaissance Publishing  
New Orleans Opera Association 2010-11 Season

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Good use of small space. Clean and easy to read.



PUBLIC RELATIONS PRINT NEWSLETTER

FIRST PLACE:
Meredith Hartley
Loyola University  
Neighborhood News

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Eye catching layout and good use of color. Content was newsy and fun.
        

SECOND PLACE:   
Staff 
Catholic Charities of New Orleans
Notes from the Heart

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT
 

           
PUBLIC RELATIONS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
 
FIRST PLACE:
Marketing & PR Department
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Clean layout. Easy to navigate. Good use of photos and graphics.



PUBLIC RELATIONS ANNUAL REPORT

FIRST PLACE:
Staff 
Catholic Charities of New Orleans  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Informative report. Good use of photos and bright layout



PUBLIC RELATIONS LAYOUT/DESIGN
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: All entries are fantastic. They make New Orleans shine.

FIRST PLACE:           
Tiffani Reding
Renaissance Publishing
The Roosevelt Review  
  
JUDGE’S COMMENT: Inviting layout and content. The photos set a great tone. I loved the Drinks are on Us picture. Great mix of past and present. Makes me want to pay a visit.


SECOND PLACE:
Jennifer Hronek
Renaissance Publishing 
New Orleans Bowl

JUDGE’S COMMENT: A lot of work went into this outstanding program. Nice balance of stories and information.


THIRD PLACE:
Jennifer Hronek
Renaissance Publishing 
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: This piece projects a colorful and fun event. A useful book for the visitor.



PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIAL MEDIA

FIRST PLACE:
Marketing & PR Department
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: United Way makes good use of Social Media, especially Twitter.


SECOND PLACE:
Staff 
Catholic Charities of New Orleans   

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Good use of links in Twitter.



STILL PHOTOGRAPHY BREAKING NEWS

FIRST PLACE:
Matthew Hinton
The Times-Picayune
Taxi Ride (Saints Fans Celebrate the NFC Championship in and around the French Quarter)  
 
JUDGE’S COMMENT: Obvious first place. Nice lighting.



STILL PHOTOGRAPHY GENERAL NEWS

FIRST PLACE:
David Rae Morris
Louisiana Cultural Vistas
Oiled pelicans  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Sad to see the birds


SECOND PLACE:
Matthew Hinton
The Times-Picayune  
We Won't Bow Down (Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Mardi Gras Indians on the 5th Anniversary of Katrina)  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Nice lighting. Nice colors. Good picture of mayor in this scenic.



STILL PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURE

FIRST PLACE:
Matthew Hinton
The Times-Picayune
STELLAAAAA!!!  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Nice overhead position photo. Perfect action


SECOND PLACE:
Keith I. Marszalek
nola.com  
Glen David Andrews with Amanda Shaw  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Nice low lighting. Nice lighting.



STILL PHOTOGRAPHY MULTI-FEATURE

FIRST PLACE:
Matthew Hinton
The Times-Picayune 
Wildlife Impacted by the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Nice close up images and bird photo.


SECOND PLACE:
James O'Byrne
nola.com  
Lakeview in the Katrina flood, and five years after  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Looks like a ton of work to get the exact same angle of each of the flooded images.



STILL PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT

FIRST PLACE:
Philip Gould
Louisiana Cultural Vistas
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Nice lighting. Nice portrait.




TELEVISION BREAKING NEWS PHOTO

FIRST PLACE:
Tammie Mills
WVUE-TV
Westbank Carjacking

JUDGE’S COMMENT: First place winner lacks some immediacy but tells a compelling story of a child in a stolen car.


SECOND PLACE:
Staff
nola.com/The Times-Picayune
NFC Championship: Bourbon Street erupts  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Staff
WGNO-TV

Fire at First Missionary Baptist Church  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION GENERAL NEWS PHOTO

FIRST PLACE:
Tim Matthews
WDSU-TV
Oil Spill Impact On Fishing  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: creative angles on static shooting, including standup and interviews.


SECOND PLACE:             
James O'Byrne
nola.com  
Bicycling into the heart of the flood: A Hurricane Katrina remembrance  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Tim Matthews
WDSU-TV
9th Ward: 5 Years After Katrina

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: Great entries! It was very difficult to pick a winner.

FIRST PLACE:
Dave McNamara
WVUE-TV
Heart Of Louisiana-Evergreen Plantation  

  
JUDGE’S COMMENT: Fantastic! Beautiful shots of the houses! It's sometimes difficult to make a lot of video from something that's not moving, but you pulled it off!


SECOND PLACE:
Neil Giurintano
WWL-TV
French Horn Athlete  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Beautifully done!


THIRD PLACE:       
Lance Washington
WVUE-TV
Gulf Oil Tour

JUDGE’S COMMENT: I love it!



TELEVISION PHOTO ESSAY

FIRST PLACE:
Lance Washington
WVUE-TV
French Quarter Festival

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Good pace, steady shooting in chaotic festival environment.


SECOND PLACE:
Bryan McCann

WDSU-TV
Chalmette Battlefield  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Bryan McCann
WDSU-TV
Creole Christmas

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION PHOTO SPORTS ACTION
  
FIRST PLACE:
Neil Giurintano
WWL-TV
Teen Pole Vaulter  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Excellent Feature. The technical aspects with edits and angles shot were fantastic. Not to be outdone by the unfolding story of the vaulters history, family, father, and her 'will'- that like the pole bends but doesn't break.
   
SECOND PLACE:
Adam Copus
WWL-TV
Soccer Phenom  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: An Action feature with plenty of action. Great editing and videography that helped tell this soccer phenom's story and dreams.


THIRD PLACE:
Jackson Fager
WWL-TV
Grandfather Gets to See Star

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Very compelling with the Grandfather getting to see what all the "hub-bub" is about in regards to his grandson. Well written and edited.



TELEVISION PHOTO NEWS VIDEO EDITING
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: The stories all contained superb editing. The longer piece by WWL was elegant in its simplicity. The American Can story was creatively edited. The Food Bank story was fast paced and well done with its many visual images.

FIRST PLACE:
Brian Lukas
WWL-TV
Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE:
Jim Pennison
WVUE-TV
American Can  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:     
Lance Washington
WVUE-TV
Food Bank Help

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


         
TELEVISION PHOTO DOCUMENTARY PHOTO
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: River Road pkg was hauntingly beautiful. Every shot counted. Creative, brilliant, music and narrative were interwoven expertly in story. Gulf oil spill vignettes were well done, excellent use of wide variety of pictures & video. Northern Exposure story was well told. Nat sound and video were good.

FIRST PLACE:
Dave McNamara 
WVUE-TV
Heart Of Louisiana- River Road  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


SECOND PLACE:        
Staff
nola.com/The Times-Picayune
How the Gulf oil spill has affected me  
 
NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Travis Alford
WVUE-TV
Northern Exposure: Lessons From Valdez  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION BREAKING NEWS

FIRST PLACE:
Doug Mouton
WWL-TV
First Oil in Pass a Loutre Marsh  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: This is great breaking news story that is extremely pertinent to the community. Not only does the story tell all pertinent editorial information but also the story's reporter does a great job visually telling the story with stand-ups and graphics.


SECOND PLACE:
Travers Mackel
WDSU-TV
Deadly Tornados    

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Chriss Knight
WGNO-TV 
Triple Murder in Treme 

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION GENERAL NEWS

FIRST PLACE:
Natasha Robin
WVUE-TV
Amtrak Van Fatality  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: This is an outstanding general news story about a poignant subject. The reporter did a compressive job reporting on a deadly accident but she also investigates further what can be done to better protect the community from a repeat accident.


SECOND PLACE:
Dave McNamara
WVUE-TV
Heart of Louisiana-Swallows  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Heath Allen
WDSU-TV
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Sting      

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION FEATURE

FIRST PLACE:
Shelley Brown
WVUE-TV
610 Stompers  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Fun story, nice weaving together of interviews and production techniques.


SECOND PLACE:  
Chriss Knight
WGNO-TV
Reveillion Dinners

JUDGE’S COMMENT: I'm hungry, very good explanation of the Reveillon dinner. Nice pictures and editing.


THIRD PLACE:
Mike Hoss 
WWL-TV
Driftwood Artist

JUDGE’S COMMENT: good story telling.



TELEVISION CONTINUING COVERAGE

FIRST PLACE:        
Staff
WDSU-TV
Henry Glover Investigation & Trial  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: WDSU-TV's investigation of the Henry Glover Trial is the best in the continuing coverage category. The exclusive story centered on the wrong doings of law enforcement shows excellent reporting and a commitment by the news organization to stay on this important story.

SECOND PLACE:    
Staff
WWL-TV
Gulf Oil Disaster  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Sheldon Fox, Vanessa Bolano
WGNO-TV
6-Year-Old Handcuffed at School

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION INVESTIGATIVE
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: This was a very competitive category. There were so many award-worthy reports. I loved the depth of these reports, the paper trails to support the stories and the time spent to tell these stories well!


FIRST PLACE:
Lee Zurik
WVUE-TV
The Gravy Train  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: This is a classic case of a government worker abusing power! You thoroughly exposed the story and got results. Your on-point documentation really helped tell the story.


SECOND PLACE:
Lee Zurik
WVUE-TV
Missing From The Bench  


JUDGE’S COMMENT: Unbelieveable! What a thorough report about such a waste of tax dollars. I'm impressed you spent so much time, money and resources, but this story was worth it!


THIRD PLACE:
Katie Moore
WWL-TV
SOAP Housing Program  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: An eye-opening investigation into a program many people haven't heard about. Great follow-through on listing so many addresses and showing so many properties -- these visuals drove home the message!
 


TELEVISION SCIENCE/HEALTH/TECHNOLOGY

 
FIRST PLACE:
John Snell
WVUE-TV  
Undersea Impact

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Very interesting report. The underwater video was spectacular!


SECOND PLACE:
Lee Zurik
WVUE-TV
Missing From The Bench    


NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Katie Moore
WWL-TV
SOAP Housing Program  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT

FIRST PLACE:         
Norman Robinson
WDSU-TV
Fats and Dave
 
JUDGE’S COMMENT: A pleasure to watch! Great mix of music, history and humor!

SECOND PLACE:  
Eric Paulsen
WWL-TV 
Fats and Dave Reunited

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Dave McNamara
WVUE-TV
Heart of Louisiana — Savoy Music

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION EDITORIAL

FIRST PLACE:          
Chris Rose
WVUE-TV
Departure of Ray Nagin

JUDGE’S COMMENT: This humorous lament, performed deadpan, should ring true with almost every reporter, broadcast or print. Loved the writing, the performance, the editing and even the location.


SECOND PLACE:
Clancy DuBos
WWL-TV
Clancy’s Commentary 

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Chris Rose
WVUE-TV
Oil Savaged

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY

FIRST PLACE:         
John Snell
WVUE-TV  
Northern Exposure
 
JUDGE’S COMMENT: Important story, well-reported. Riveting program.


SECOND PLACE:           
Dave McNamara
WVUE-TV
Heart of Louisiana — River Road   

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Beautifully done


THIRD PLACE:   
Ron Yager, Tom Gregory, Jim Dotson 
WLAE-TV
Glory Days — The Catholic League of New Orleans  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Great production elements.



TELEVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS

FIRST PLACE:
Bobby Brennan   

WVUE-TV
Weathering the Storm

JUDGE’S COMMENT: This should be required viewing for all residents of the NOLA area. Thorough and thoughtful information delivered with the safety and peace of mind of residents foremost.


SECOND PLACE:        
Marcia Kavanaugh, Paula Pendarvis, Beth Utterback
WYES-TV  
Reshaping A Greater New Orleans: Five Years

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:   
Errol Laborde, Larry Lorenz, Michelle Fouchi Esneault  
WYES-TV
Informed Sources 

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION PLANNED EVENT

FIRST PLACE:
Rich Kiss, Fletcher Mackel  
WDSU-TV
Saints On 6: Saints vs. Steelers  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Excellent wide-ranging coverage of the effect the superbowl had on the entire community. From historical perspective to glimpses into family celebrations, it was easy to see that this was more than a ball game.
       

SECOND PLACE:
Mary Lane, WGNO Staff
WGNO-TV
Mission Miami Special  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Mary Lane, WGNO Staff
WGNO-TV 
Mission Miami Saints Pep Rally  

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION SPORTS DEADLINE STORY

FIRST PLACE:
Fletcher Mackel, Lisa Collins, Rich Kiss
WDSU-TV
Deuce McAllister Retires  

 
JUDGE’S COMMENT: Good job getting an interview with lots of facts ad then getting the story on the air minutes after the announcement.


SECOND PLACE:
Rob Ennis
WVUE-TV   
Saints Road to Repeat Begins

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE: 
Jim Henderson
WWL-TV
Turkey Day Takeaway

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION SPORTS FEATURE STORY
JUDGE’S COMMENTS ON CATEGORY: A very competitive group of features. A great variety of story lines and sports made for very entertaining but very difficult contest to judge. Kudos to all of the contestants, very well done.


FIRST PLACE:
Rob Ennis
WVUE-TV 
Hargrove: From Sinner to Saint

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Excellent use of pace and natural sound. Great story line. The rehab to Super Bowl champion in the same city element was wonderful. Overall an incredibly moving and well thought out piece.


SECOND PLACE:
Keli Fulton
WDSU-TV 
Heart of a Champion 

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Scott Cody
WWL-TV
Sportrait: Teen Pole Vaulter

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION BEST SPORTS SHOW

FIRST PLACE:
Tom Gregory, Jeff Brenner
Cox Sports
Outside the Huddle

JUDGE’S COMMENT: CST's "Outside the Huddle" presents an exceptional sports show through its content, creativity, and style. The subject of the program, following the World Champion New Orleans Saints on the road, is an inspiring and newsworthy theme. Accompanying the Saints' journey, from meeting with President Barack Obama to their admittance into the Madden NFL video game, is both impressive and exciting to witness as viewers. It is a creative perspective on the world of professional football. The stylistic choices within this program fuses with the themes of the show; the editing and style is both well-paced and entertaining. Generally, CST's "Outside the Huddle" is an exciting and entertaining perspective, advancing the program to a noteworthy sports show.


SECOND PLACE:
Rob Ennis, Sean Fazende
WVUE-TV  
Final Play: Live from San Francisco

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Rob Ennis, Sean Fazende
WVUE-TV
Saints Game Plan: Saints vs. Ravens

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION BEST SPORTSCAST
 
FIRST PLACE:        
Rob Ennis
WVUE-TV
 
JUDGE’S COMMENT: Good solid reporting covering a variety of sports.


SECOND PLACE:
Sean Fazende
WVUE-TV  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Good coverage of Hand death story before going to regular sports.


THIRD PLACE:
Fletcher Mackel
WDSU-TV

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Solid coverage of the football game.



TELEVISION BEST WEATHERCAST

FIRST PLACE:
Bob Breck
WVUE-TV  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Excellent and thorough explanation about how current weather patterns are affecting the spill and life in general.


SECOND PLACE:        
Margaret Orr  
WDSU-TV   

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:         
Bruce Katz
WGNO-TV

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION BEST NEWSCAST
 
FIRST PLACE:
Bobby Brennan
WVUE-TV  
  
JUDGE’S COMMENT: WVUE-TV shows exceptional excellence in their overall news program. The newscast presents interesting and relevant issues and demonstrates skillful reporting. From the style and technical presentation of the program is refined and well-paced. Generally, Fox 8 presents a successful, thoughtful and thorough newscast.


SECOND PLACE:
Sofia Voulgarakis
WWL-TV

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Lisa Collins
WDSU-TV 

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


                    
TELEVISION INFOGRAPHICS

FIRST PLACE:
Trevor Cassidy
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Channel 13  
Teen Focus: Finish Strong  

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Incredibly visual story telling by Trevor Cassidy brings the stories of three local student athletes to life. Beautiful animations and photography and editing make this a stand out winner.


SECOND PLACE:
Trevor Cassidy
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Channel 13  
David Treen

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT



TELEVISION STATION PROMOTION CAMPAIGN

FIRST PLACE:
Creative Services
WDSU-TV 
Saints on Six 2010 

JUDGE’S COMMENT: Visual, exciting and fun story telling makes these New Orleans Saints promos the best in Promotion Campaign category. Excellent video, great animations and outstanding editing make these promos fun to watch and compelling.


SECOND PLACE:         
Creative Services
WDSU-TV   
Image Campaign “Promise”

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT


THIRD PLACE:
Creative Services
WGNO-TV
God Bless Louisiana

NO JUDGE’S COMMENT

 
The Press Club of New Orleans welcomed back ABC World News Now Anchor Rob Nelson to emcee the Excellence in Journalism Awards Banquet. The Press Club was delighted to honor Jim Henderson from WWL-TV4 and Mark Schleifstein of The Times-Picayune with the prestigious Press Club of New Orleans Lifetime Achievement Award.






From day-to-day sports coverage to deep-sea fishing, Henderson quickly learned that sports was his calling. After receiving his Bachelors Degree in English from the State of New York at Cortland, Henderson completed his Masters in Radio and Television from Syracuse University. Starting out as the sports director at a Panama City station, Henderson soon leapt to a major market as sports reporter in Atlanta. In 1978, he joined Channel 4 and followed in the footsteps of WWL-TV's sports-casting legend Hap Glaudi. As a 13-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's - Sportscaster of the Year Award, an award conferred by sports journalists from all over Louisiana, Henderson is truly a legend in his field. His work as a reporter for CBS Newspath takes him on a regular basis to the Super Bowl, The Masters, and the Major League All-Star Baseball game. As many in New Orleans know him, Henderson has also shown himself to be a great play-by-play announcer for the New Orleans Saints since 1986. Yes, indeed, pigs have flown.




Since 1984, environment reporter Mark Schleifstein has worked at The Times-Picayune. His stories on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil spill were among The Times-Picayune work honored this year with the 2010 Edward J. Meeman Award for environmental reporting from the Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards program, and with a second place award in the 2011 John B. Oakes Awards program. His reporting during and after Hurricane Katrina was among the newspaper's stories honored with 2006 Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service and Breaking News Reporting and the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting. Schleifstein is quite an accomplished author recognized with numerous awards including the 2008 Communications Award of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007 John H. Oakes Prize for Environmental Reporting from Columbia University, American Society of Civil Engineers' 2003 Excellence in Media award, 2003 National Hurricane Conference media award and many more. Schleifstein's work has also won numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans and the Louisiana Press Association. Before joining The Times-Picayune, he worked for the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger, the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot, and the Suffolk, Va., News-Herald. Schleifstein was a three-time president of the Press Club of New Orleans and a former member of its Gridiron Committee. He was a member of the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists from 1999 to 2009.

AWARDS ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY RULES

You can review eligibility requirements and rules for the 2011 Press Club Awards by downloading a copy of the entry categories and rules.


PAST PRESS CLUB AWARDS

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Greg Shepperd,
Feb 21, 2011, 1:15 PM