The New York Post won the 2021 Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York Award from the New York Press Club Friday for its “Hero of the Day” series featuring fundamental laborers and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic’s darkest days.
The award, named after the FDNY chaplain who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, perceives journalism that elevates and observes New York City and The Post’s Gabrielle Fonrouge caught the honor for the press club’s newspaper category.
The series was a collaboration including countless photographers, editors, reporters and producers and was supervised by Post editor Neil Sloane and former editor Ruth Brown.
The Hero of the Day series began on March 23, 2020, with a tale about a Brooklyn charge nurture and ran for 68 days in a row both on the web and on paper — profiling a wide range of fundamental workers, volunteers and average citizens who discovered approaches to do great.
The Post requested that readers send in their nominations and with their help, had the advantage of sharing stories from a diverse array of heroes that celebrated the numerous interesting ways New Yorkers were offering in return and keeping their city alive.
The media organization spoke to funeral laborers, a hospital mechanic, a plumber, a gravedigger, an out-of-work waitress and a pair of office workers who began donating unused commuting fares to the unemployed. There were teachers, principals, doctors and a hospital janitor who asked in a brush storage room during his short snapshots of break.
The award will be introduced during a virtual event later this summer.
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