Syracuse Press Club Honors Urban CNY with 2nd Place, “Best News Website” and “Internet Blog” at 38th Annual Professional Recognition Awards Dinner


The Syracuse Press Club honored contest winners and local journalists receiving special club awards for Best Newcomer, Professional Standards, and Best News Source.

The Syracuse Press Club’s 38th annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards Dinner was held April 30th, 2016 at Drumlins Country Club on Nottingham Road in Syracuse. Annually, The Syracuse Press Club presents a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving journalism student. Syracuse Press Club 38th Annual SPC dinner- Compete list of winners

LeMoyne College Student Wins 2016 Devesty-Williams Scholarship

Amari Pollard is the recipient of the 2016 Devesty-Williams Scholarship. Pollard is a graduate of Balwinsville’s C.W. Baker High School. A student at LeMoyne College she’s majoring in communications with a minor in creative writing. Serves as public relations representative of P.O.W.E.R; one of several multicultural groups on campus. She is also Editor-in Chief of the school newspaper, The Dolphin. This summer Pollard will participate in the American Society of Magazine Editor’s summer internship program.

Wall of Distinction-Art Zimmer

Shirly Zimmer, Art Zimmer, Ken Jackson and Walt Shepperd

Shirley Zimmer, Art Zimmer, Ken Jackson and Walt Shepperd

This year’s Wall of Distinction honoree is Art Zimmer former owner/publisher of the Syracuse New Times. Zimmer bought the paper in 1986 saving the paper from almost certain death. During his 26 years as publisher, The New Times has won more than 250 awards from local, state and national groups. The Wall of Distinction is located in the lobby of the Crouse-Hinds Theater.

urbancny.com Honored with 2 awards in Online Journalism Category

The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital by the Better Newspaper Contest under the direction of Eagle Newspapers editor Sarah Hall. Volunteers from numerous press clubs across America judged the over 300 entries and selected first- and second-place winners in numerous competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories.

This year, Urban CNY’s web version urbancny.com is being honored with 2 awards in the Online Journalism Category, “Online Journalism Blog” urbancny.com, Ken Jackson, “The Hall Monitor” was awarded 2nd Place. urbancny.com was honored with Second Place in the “Best News Website” category. First Place was awarded to CNYCentral.

2015 Awards for urbancny.com

2015 Awards for urbancny.com

Urban CNY/urbancny.com and Kenneth Jackson have been honored, 12 consecutive years with journalism awards. Awarded New York Press Association’s 2004 Better Newspaper Award for “Best Column”;  Jackson continued with print awards for his City Eagle column, Urban CNY columns and urbancny.com website with annual honors leading to the upcoming 2015 Syracuse Press Club’s Online Journalism awards category where urbancny.com has won in 2 of five categories.

According to founder and publisher Ken Jackson, “Let me start out by saying ‘Black Writers Matter’, I am pleased that the journalism community has recognized Urban CNY as a voice, one of many coming from a diverse community. The award also shows that you don’t have to be a large publication or a large well-funded digital media corporation to participate. The recognition is an indication that African-American voices do matter in ongoing discussions about politics, civil rights, equality of opportunity and how we live our lives in Syracuse New York.”  Urban CNY aka The Constitution began in 1989 and is celebrating its 27th year of operation.

Ken Jackson is publisher and editor of Urban CNY/urbancny.com and former contributing writer for the Syracuse New Times and Eagle Newspapers. Since 2004, 21 journalism awards have been presented to Jackson and/or Urban CNY

Professional Journalism Awards 2004

  • 2004 Best Column, New York Press Association

Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards 2005 – 2015

  • 2005 Best Non-Daily Column, City Eagle
  • 2006 Second Place Web Site urbancny.com
    2006 Second Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY News
  • 2007 Second Place Internet Public Service, urbancny.com
    2007 Second Place Internet Blog urbancny.com
  • 2008 First Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY
    2008 Second Place Internet Public Service.
  • 2009 First Place Internet News Blog, urbancny.com, “Ken’s Blog”
    2009 Second Place Non- Daily Column, City Eagle.
  • 2010 First Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY
    2010 Second Place Internet News Blog, urbancny.com
  • 2011 Second Place Front Page Design Urban CNY
  • 2012 Second Place Internet News Blog, urbancny.com
    2012 Second Place Non- Daily Column, Urban CNY
    2012 First Place Non- Daily Sports Story (Walt Shepperd)
  • 2013 First Place Internet Web Blog, urbancny.com
    2013 Second Place Non- Daily Sports Story (Russ Tarby)
  • 2014 Second Place Internet Web Blog “The Hall Monitor”

Syracuse Press Club 2015 Professional Recognition Awards Final results – Online Journalism Category

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