Forward contributing editor Jay Michaelson has won the 2014 Deadline Club award for opinion writing.
The columnist edged out Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner and Fortune magazine’s Allan Sloan to grab the prestigious annual award handed out by the New York City chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists.
“I am so proud of Jay Michaelson for this award, recognizing his brave, insightful and engaging writing,” Eisner said. “Congratulations to him, to his editor Gal Beckerman, and to all the Forward finalists this year.We are in great company!”
The awards, which were announced last night at a dinner in Manhattan, represent excellence in journalism from print newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet.
The Forward had a record six nominations included pieces in news, arts and opinion.
Andrea Elliot of the New York Times won the award in public service for ‘Invisible Child.’
Josh Nathan-Kazis received two nominations, in the Reporting Newspaper with a Circulation under 100,000 and Newspaper or Digital Local News Reporting categories, for his series on federal e-rate subsidies in Orthodox schools.
Larry Mayer, Simi Horwitz and Nate Lavey were nominated for Arts Reporting. Mayer for his two-part longform essay recounting his experiences as a teacher in an Orthodox boy’s school, and Horwitz with Lavey for “A New Generation of Jewish Magicians.” Lavey’s “Magic Mensch” is the Forward’s first video nomination to the Deadline awards.
The Deadline Club called 2014 its “most competitive year yet.” There were more than 80 judges and 547 entries.
Forward publisher Sam Norich lauded the achievement, noting that the Forward is joined on the list by some of the biggest names in media.
“Talk about punching above our weight,” Norich said. “Getting six finalist nominations from our professional peers in the most competitive media market in the U.S. is an amazing recognition for our editor, Jane Eisner (herself one of the finalists,) and our entire team at the Forward.”
The Forward received one nomination in 2013, for Josh Nathan-Kazis’ series investigating Jewish cemeteries. In previous years, the Forward has won Deadline Club awards for opinion writing and reporting.