Courier Wins Three Prestigious Journalism Awards

Samuel Braslow is Honored in Key Categories

Braslow has been honored with three California Journalism Awards from the California News Publishers Association (CNPA). For more than 130 years, the CNPA has served as the foremost advocate for the state’s publishing industry, while fostering the ideals of a free press, freedom of speech and the news profession. Each year, the CNPA recognizes excellence in reporting with the California Journalism Awards. These prestigious awards are given to the top five entrants from across the state in a number of categories. This year, CNPA received more than 3,000 entries from print, digital and campus publications. 

Given the singular circumstances of the past 15 months, the categories in which Braslow’s work was singled out are especially meaningful. His fourth-place awards in the print contest came in the categories of “Breaking News,” “Protests and Racial Justice” and “Business News.” 

Braslow’s June 19, 2020 piece entitled “Embedded with the Beverly Hills Protestors: One Reporter’s Story” earned a fourth-place honor in the “Protests and Racial Justice” category and received high praise from the judges. “This firsthand account gave a fresh perspective and felt like the reporter was seeing events in a new way due to the embed, and was able to convey that to the reader,” remarked one judge.

The award-winning “Breaking News” story, “Rally Turns Violent as Extremist Groups Take Part” appeared in the August 28, 2020 issue of the Courier. It was lauded as “a terrific example of excellent journalism.” 

Rounding out the trio of awards for the Courier was the “Business News” entry, “With No End In Sight, Restaurants Flout COVID Restrictions.” In the words of one judge, “This was a great piece on what restaurant owners are dealing with during the pandemic and the lengths they’ll go to in an effort to stay afloat.”

Beverly Hills Courier Publisher Lisa Bloch noted, “When we acquired the Beverly Hills Courier, we promised to do our very best to bring quality journalism to our wonderful city and community. Attaching ‘award winning’ to the Beverly Hills Courier publication, especially from the CNPA, is a win for the entire city!”

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