© Photo of Hugh Aynesworth courtesy of Press Club of Dallas
Source: Press Club of Dallas | 10/2/17 | Dallas
Seventeen news organizations and their reporters, photographers and editors were named today as finalists in the first Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism awards sponsored by the Press Club of Dallas.
The awards, which honor Texas journalists' work completed in 2016, will be presented at a Nov. 30 dinner at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled to be hosted by WFAA TV sports anchor Dale Hansen. The awards are named for veteran reporter and long-time press club member Hugh Aynesworth, four times a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
The 17 finalists represent news reporting from throughout Texas in seven news organization categories: daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, television, radio, digital news sites and photography/video. Winners and finalists will be announced for work done in investigative reporting, feature reporting, spot news photography and feature photography.
These finalists represent some of the best work in journalism throughout the state of Texas in 2016, said press club president Cary Broussard.
It confirms that, despite financial challenges and intensified scrutiny from the public, journalism is an essential and necessary part of a free society.
The finalists run the gamut from large newspapers and television stations such as the Austin American Statesman and the Dallas Morning News and KXAS TV in Dallas and KSAT TV in San Antonio to weekly newspapers like Howe Enterprise and Brownsville Progress Times.
We're really impressed that such a diverse group of journalists entered a first-time competition, Broussard said.
I think it's fair to say that journalism is alive and well in Texas.
Broussard thanked award dinner co-chairs Jo Ann Holt-Caussey and Barry Hoffman for their work. Holt-Caussey is a veteran Dallas editor and reporter whose body of work was recognized by the Press Club of Dallas with a 2016 North Texas Legends Award. She has been an active press club member since 1982. Hoffman, a Dallas native, was a reporter and editor in the Northeast for almost 50 years, both in broadcast journalism and newspapers. He is a past president of the New York State Associated Press Association.
Judges for the Aynesworth Awards are from the Northeast and West Coast, and had no association with any of the news organizations or individuals who entered the contest.
They include Jean Patman, who directed Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign coverage for the Long Island newspaper Newsday; Tim Smart, executive editor of US News and World Report; Stephani Shelton and Andrew Fisher, veteran reporters and writers for CBS and NBC television news operations; Ed Tobias, former assistant managing editor of Associated Press Radio in Washington, DC.; and Robert Rodriguez, photo editor of the US headquarters of The Daily Mail in New York City. A complete list of judges is available at the Press Club of Dallas website ? http://pressclubdallas.com/ -- under the heading
There are a limited number of tickets to the Thursday, Nov. 30 awards dinner. The cost is $50 and includes food and beverage. The tickets go on sale Oct. 5, and those interested in buying them can do so also under the heading
Aynesworth Awards at the press club website.
Here is a list of finalists for reporting and photography in 2016:
The Austin American-Statesman Investigates team, Oct. 21, 2016
Silent majority: Texas' booming Hispanic population deeply underrepresented in local politics
Miles Moffeit and Sue Ambrose, the Dallas Morning News, Dec. 2, 2016
Bled Dry: How a hospital died under the care of a Texas doctor
FOX4 KDFW Dallas/Ft. Worth
Broken System Fails Abused Animals May 16 and 17, 2016
Reporter ? Lori Brown; Investigative Producer ? Vicki Chen
NBC5/KXAS TV DFW
Reporter ? Scott Friedman; investigative producer ? Eva Parks; photographer ? Peter Hull; law enforcement expert ? Don Peritz
Big Buses, Bigger Problems,first reporting in a continuing series aired Oct. 4, 2016
KSAT 12 San Antonio
Investigative Reporter ? Myra Arthur; Investigative Producer ? Dillon Collier; Investigative Photojournalist/Editor ? Josh Saunders
When Moments Matter aired Nov. 10, 2016
Reporter: Lauren Silverman,
Pastoral Medicine Credentials Raise Questions In Texas April 6, 2016
Reporters:Stella Chavez, KERA; Laura Isensee, KUHF
Latino Superintendents Lead School Districts In Texas' Eight Largest Cities, Sept. 20, 2016
The Advocate Media Magazine, Oak Cliff
Reporter: Keri Mitchell
Why do so many suburban students attend Dallas ISD's top magnet schools?
Nov. 18, 2016
Fort Worth Magazine
Reporter ? Sean Chaffin
Tarrant County Cold Cases Await Evidence, Witnesses? December Issue 2016
Digital news site
The Arlington Voice
Reporter ? Mike McGee
City, mum on alleged police quota system, refusing document releases
July 21, 2016
Phil Jankowski, Austin American-Statesman
A Rambler's Life Dec. 1, 2016
Brownsville Progress Times
Reporter: Jose De Leon III
Samaritans donate new abode to Mission octogenarian, Dec. 9, 2016
Reporter ? Monte Walker
EF1 Tornado; EF5 Community May 2, 2016
KSTX San Antonio Public Radio
Reporter David Martin Davies
Lessons Learned from a night in the Bexar County jail Oct. 21, 2016
KSTX, San Antonio Public Radio
Reporter Paul Flahive
Ease In Anti-Overdose Drug Access Leads To More Lives SavedJune 24, 2016
Robert Moore, Dallas Voice, July 7, 2016
Dallas police officer showing stress from mass shooting
Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman
South by Southwest Music Festival photo essay Oct. 1, 2016
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