The Lens was honored with four top awards at the Press Club of New Orleans 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards this weekend.
The Lens also garnered five second-place awards, and one third-place award.
Here are the categories and winners of first-place trophies:
- Investigative Writing, staff writer Marta Jewson, for a story about how SciTech charter-school leaders let students take test for each other and at home.
- Digital Innovation, news technologist Thomas Thoren, for an unmatched live map showing how every precinct in the state voted in the governor’s race. This map updated throughout the night as soon as results were made available by the Secretary of State’s Office.
- Web Graphics and Animation, The Lens staff, for Missing Home, an interactive Katrina-anniversary piece that looked at demolitions across the city since the storm. This was co-published with The Nation magazine.
- Digital Media Special Sections, Lens staff writer Bob Marshall, freelance photographer Edmund Fountain and freelance writer Katy Reckdahl, for their work participation in a collection of stories produced on The Weather Channel’s website, weather.com.
Certificates for second-place were given for:
- *Best News Website, The Lens staff. The top prize went to Where Y’at Magazine.
- *Column Writing, opinion editor Jed Horne for a series of opinion pieces. The top prize went to the staff at New Orleans Magazine.
- *Investigative Writing, staff writer Charles Maldonado for his story about an ethics investigation into city officials accused of retaliating against a city employee who called attention to what she thought was a bid-rigging scheme. First-place went to Lens staff writer Marta Jewson.
- *Continuing coverage, staff writer Marta Jewson and news technologist Tom Thoren, for stories and interactive maps showing how city officials haven’t fixed school-zone warning lights. First place went to The New Orleans Advocate’s Ramon Antonio Vargas and John Simmerman for Darren Sharper coverage.
- *Environmental/science writing, staff writer Bob Marshall, for a story about how our levee system is here to protect property, not lives. Marshall also took home a third-place certificate in this category for a story about how New Orleans is learning to live with water, not pump it out immediately. The top prize went to NOLA.com’s Richard Webster for a story on the Agriculture Street landfill.
The full list of winners is here.