Our Town has been honored by the New York Press Association for its series last year on growing old in the city.
The newspaper, which is published by Straus News, received a First Place honor in the Best News or Feature Series category for its “Graying New York” series by Health Clayton Colangelo. In their comments, the judges said: “Not every judge-worthy story needs to be about something REALLY important. Readers want engagement, and this series served them admirably. There was a lot of reporting in this category, but not much writing. Our Town wrote.”
Colangelo’s piece followed Hank Blum, an Upper East Side eye doctor, as he struggled with the notion of retirement. The series was a production of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and was led by Dorian Block and Ruth Finkelstein. To find all of the interviews and more, go to www.exceedingexpectations.nyc
The series was chosen from dozens of entries from newspapers throughout New York, and was one of three awards received last week by Straus News papers in Manhattan.