NEW YORK - - The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has announced recipients of the third annual “Crystal Gavel Award”, presented jointly with the New York Press Club, for recognition of outstanding reporting of the delivery of justice within the legal profession and the courts. Included with the award is a $500 donation to a journalism school selected by the winner.
The winners for 2003 were recognized for work originally published, produced or presented during 2002. They are:
The Village Voice, for a story titled, “Why the NYPD Is Fighting for the Right to Spy on You” – that revealed the extent of the NYPD’s efforts to virtually eliminate court-ordered protections for citizens and organizations who engage in lawful political activity and how it affects our privacy rights. Written by reporter Chisun Lee.
ABC News, for a special series titled, “State versus” – broadcast over five consecutive weeks that took viewers into the courtroom, prison, and jury room capturing the emotion and tensions that exist as citizens deliberate the fate of the accused. Rudy Bednar, executive producer.
NYSBA President A. Thomas Levin of Mineola (Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, PC) said, “By recognizing outstanding media efforts that raise public awareness of compelling issues of law and justice, we believe the Crystal Gavel awards will help to sustain society’s commitment to the rule of law.”
The Crystal Gavel will be presented at the NYPC Annual Journalism Awards and Installation of Officers Dinner, June 25 at The Water Club. NYPC President-elect Rich Lamb of WCBS 880 AM said, “The importance of law in the everyday life of Americans is crystal clear to reporters. Not a day goes by without a significant law-related story making news. Extraordinary efforts which bring clarity and depth to a complex topic and affirm the highest standards of journalism deserve the honors they here receive."
The New York Press Club is a professional organization of members and former members of the news media. It devotes its efforts to meeting the needs and interests of professional journalists and those in related fields, as well as providing public service to the community. The club was founded in July 1948 as the New York Newspaper Reporters Association.
Today, its membership includes professionals from all types of news organizations including the world wide web, television and radio, wire services, daily newspapers, weekly and monthly publications, as well as professionals from the fields of communications and public affairs.
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