Clarion was named the best local union newspaper in the country by the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) in its annual labor journalism awards contest. This marks the fourth time in seven years that Clarion has won the top prize for general excellence from ILCA.
ILCA also awarded first-place for Best Feature to Clarion Associate Editor John Tarleton for an article on LaGuardia Community College’s urban studies program. Retired professor William Tabb won Best Analysis for his look at the origins of right-wing attacks on Frances Fox Piven, a CUNY sociologist who angered critics with her support for poor people’s movements.
Clarion also shared a first place with California Teacher for Best Print Publication from the American Federation of Teachers. Judges cited the PSC paper for being “well-written, clean and crisp” and “loaded with great information for members and many thoughtful article written by members themselves.”
NEW YORK HONORS
Here in New York, Clarion tied for first among area papers and earned a total of eight awards from the Metro Labor Communications Council for excellence in areas including reporting, writing, photography and design. First place for Best Reporting went to Tarleton for uncovering dangerous health and safety conditions at a campus building under renovation at City Tech.
PSC First-Vice President Steve London won first place for Best Editorial/Column for his writing about a State-backed scheme to deregulate higher education in New York, and the recently redesigned PSC website took first place for website General Excellence.
A protester used her copy of Clarion as a picket sign at the Oct. 11 “March of the Millionaires of Park Avenue.” Back-page article debunked the myth that higher taxes cause the rich to flee NY.