Since our inception in 2009, The Lens has been honored in several local, regional, and national awards competitions.
The Lens was honored as the best local news website in New Orleans at the 54th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, sponsored by the New Orleans Press Club. The Lens won two other first-place awards, for best investigative print story and for publishing the best news-affiliated blog, from our opinion writer Mark Moseley. Here’s the full story on our Press Club honors.
“Despite recent practices, NOPD silent on arrest record of Samaritan killed in Algiers” - Society of Professional Journalists, 2012 National Ethics in Journalism Award winner.
“One homeowner’s travails: Even after more than six years, family can’t move back into ‘new’ house” - Edward R. Murrow Awards, 2012 National Winner for Online News Operation, Local Market, Audio Investigative Reporting. 2012 Region 9 Winner for Online News Operation, Local Market, Audio Investigative Reporting
“Gert Town Troubles” – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Chapter, 2011 Nomination for Societal Concerns, News
“Overmedicating Young Inmates Called Chemical Restraint” – The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Prevention for a Safer Society Awards, 2011 Winner of the Web Award
“Following the money: the use and abuse of Katrina recovery dollars” – Press Club of New Orleans Awards, 2011 Winner for Best Print Investigative Story. Press Club of New Orleans Awards, 2011 Alex Waller Memorial Award Winner.
The Lens, staff - Press Club of New Orleans Awards, 2011 Winner for Best Affiliated Social Media
Charter School Reporting Corps, Neighborhoods Partnership Network Trumpet Awards, 2011 Winner for Best Education Advocate
“Investigation of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s effort to expand Orleans Parish Prison” – Press Club of New Orleans Awards, 2011 2nd place winner for Best Print Investigative Story
“Through a glass darkly: Lack of transparency in New Orleans’ charter schools” - Press Club of New Orleans Awards, 2011 3rd place winner for Best Print Investigative Story
The Lens, staff – Press Club of New Orleans Awards, 2011 2nd place winner for Best Local Website
Mark Moseley, The Lens – Press Club of New Orleans Awards, 2011 3rd place winner for Best Internet News Affiliated Blog