DNAinfo.com Columnist Wins Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award for Online News Commentary
NEW YORK, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — DNAinfo.com, Manhattan’s leading hyper-local news website, congratulates Murray Weiss today for winning a 2011 Society of the Silurians “Excellence in Journalism” award for his in depth coverage of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on DNAinfo.com.
“Murray Weiss is one of the few journalists whose name is spoken with respect and recognition in all departments of the NYPD,” said Leela de Kretser, publisher and editorial director of DNAinfo.com. “With decades of experience cultivating sources, covering investigative stories, and analyzing the largest police department in the world, Murray is able to break news stories and cover the inner workings of the NYPD as no one else can.”
Weiss’ winning columns touched on a host of topics, including the NYPD’s possible fudging of crime statistics, as well as the city’s increase in violent crime, sexual assaults and robberies. Prior to joining DNAinfo.com last year as a crime columnist, Weiss served as criminal justice editor at the New York Post, overseeing a bureau of reporters working from inside NYPD headquarters.
Recently, Weiss broke the news about the NYPD’s mass ticket-fixing scandal which may result in the indictment of up to 100 police officers. Weiss’ columns are available here: http://www.dnainfo.com/about-us/our-team/editorial-team/murray-weiss.
The award is being presented this evening at the Society of the Silurians Awards Banquet. The Society of the Silurians was founded in 1924 by veteran New York journalists, and remains a venerable club of past and present staff members of newspapers and related organizations.
DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com) provides neighborhood news for Manhattan residents straight from the streets where they live. DNAinfo.com focuses on original neighborhood content that covers everything from crime and education, to food and drink. The site’s funding and strategic vision come from entrepreneur and Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts. Launched in November 2010 after a year in beta, DNAinfo.com gets more than a million unique visitors per month.