Urban CNY Wins Record Number of Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards in Online Journalism Category, Including iconic Campaign Photo


“The Westcott Street Massacre” occurred on September 21st in front of the Westcott Theater, in Syracuse. 

For those who believe stories about urban life aren’t an important part of journalism, look no further than winners announced at the Syracuse Press Club’s 40th Annual Professional Recognition Awards.  News and stories of interest from Urban Syracuse made an impact by competing against some of the oldest established news organizations in Central New York.

The Syracuse Press Club’s Annual Professional Recognition Awards contest eligibility includes all professional and college journalists working for publications in 21 Upstate New York counties surrounding Syracuse. The counties are: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tompkins, and Seneca counties; and as far west as State Route 14 in Tioga, Chemung, Wayne, Schuyler and Yates counties. Over 350 entries for the region compete in the 40th Annual SPC event.

(This is the second year in a row urbancny.com has won First Place in both Online Journalism “Breaking News” and Online Journalism “Internet Blog”)

Professional Journalism Awards – Urban CNY/The Constitution

Ken Jackson 2018 at SPC Awards

Urban CNY has been competing since 2005 in the Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards. The following are “peer-reviewed” award winning writing produced by urbancny.com/The Constitution.  The publication has been around in print and digital formats since 1989.

Starting as a print publication in 1989 urbancny.com is a culmination of 29 years as; The Constitution, to The Constitution/Urban CNY and our web incarnation urbancny.com; News and stories of interest from Urban Syracuse made an impact by competing against some of the oldest established news organizations in Central New York. Almost 30 years of experience covering urban life in Central New York.

The following were presented May 5th 2018 at the 40th Annual Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards
2017 First Place Breaking News –
Price Rite Vs Nojaim’s Supermarket: Is There a Civil War Between Neighborhoods?

Ken Jackson, urbancny.com

This became an epic battle between neighborhoods, as two grocery stores receive government subsidies. The story goes behind the scenes as to why Nojaim’s Market closed, after being in business almost 100 years. One store is across the street from James Geddes Housing Project, the other; 7 blocks away, in an area that’s built over 90 new homes to create a neighborhood of homeowners. This sparked an intense debate over government subsidies, Price Rite Vs Nojaim’s Supermarket: Is There a Civil War Between Neighborhoods?   Asks the question, did Price Rite’s construction put Nojaim’s out of business?

Read the Story:Price Rite Vs Nojaim’s Supermarket: Is There a Civil War Between Neighborhoods?

2017 Second Place Breaking News
Urban CNY Special Report: How the Ben Walsh Campaign Won the Syracuse Mayoral Election

Ken Jackson, urbancny.com

This was not supposed to happen. Early polling indicated Democratic Party nominee Juanita Perez Williams held a commanding lead, African- American support for her opponent Ben Walsh, was at 2%. The Democratic Party has had Syracuse and its voters as a dependable voter rich base since the late 1960’s. Urban CNY followed the campaign from the now famous, Dem’s for Ben Rally, where Juanita Perez Williams supporters heckled the independent candidate, in Spanish, to his surge in support from all sectors of the electorate as he waged his “Rise Above” campaign.

The Syracuse Post Standard’s web component, Syracuse.com provided a linked on its site to urbancny.com’s coverage of the Dem’s for Ben event. Urban CNY Special Report: How the Ben Walsh Campaign Won the Syracuse Mayoral Election; provides the answers to a question many had on election night, “How did that happen?”

Read the Story:Urban CNY Special Report: How the Ben Walsh Campaign Won the Syracuse Mayoral Election

2017 Online Journalism First Place
Internet “Blog”
urbancny.com, Ken Jackson, “The Hall Monitor”
2017 Second Place Online Journalism
Photos & Graphics
The Westcott Street Massacre

urbancny.com, Ken Jackson

Juanita Perez Williams Supporters Interrupt Walsh Campaign Event

“The Westcott Street Massacre” occurred on September 21st in front of the Westcott Theater. Independent candidate for mayor, Ben Walsh was in the neighborhood where a small group of Democrats gathered in a show of support. In the photo, Syracuse Democratic Mayoral Candidate Juanita Perez Williams supporters are shown heckling Independent Candidate Ben Walsh.  At this time the Democratic candidate held a lead in the polls and Walsh’s support among African-Americans was at a paltry 2%. This event has been nicknamed, the Westcott Street Massacre, because it is seen as the day Perez Williams lost the mayor’s race. The impact of this event flowed through the Syracuse electorate like water. Picture only:  “The Westcott Street Massacre”

Read the Story/view Award Winning Photo: Preventing a White Man from Speaking: Juanita Perez Williams Supporters Interrupt Walsh Campaign Event

The Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards presented over the years.

2016 First Place Breaking News –“Onondaga County Executive Mahoney Has Had Enough of Syracuse Mayor Miner”
2016 First Place Online Journalism – Internet News  Blog Ken’s Blog, “The Hall Monitor”

2015 Second Place Online Journalism Best News Website
2015 Second Place Online Journalism – Internet News Blog

2014 Second Place Online Journalism – Internet News Blog

2013 First Place Internet News Blog
2013 Second Place Non-Daily Sports (Russ Tarby) 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)

2011 Second Place Front Page Design Urban CNY

2010 First Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY
2010 Second Place Internet News Blog, urbancny.com

2009 First Place Internet News Blog, urbancny.com, “Ken’s Blog”
2009 Second Place Non- Daily Column, City Eagle.

2008 First Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY
2008 Second Place Internet Public Service.

2007 Second Place Internet Public Service, urbancny.com
2007 Second Place Internet Blog urbancny.com

2006 Second Place Web Site urbancny.com
2006 Second Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY News

2005 Best Non-Daily Column, City Eagle

New York Press Association

2004 Best Column, New York Press Association