Entries Invited for 2020 Silurian Awards

It’s hard to believe that 75 years have gone by since William L. Lawrence was presented with the first Silurian Excellence in Journalism Award, but it was back in 1945, when the New York Times newsman was honored for his eyewitness account of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, an event that led to the end of World War II and at which Laurence was the only reporter present.

The tradition has continued unabated since that time, and now the call is sounding for entries for the 2020 awards, to be presented next spring by the Silurians Press Club at a gala dinner at the National Arts Club in New York. Journalists from print, broadcast and digital media in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area are invited to compete for awards in 15 categories.

Entries will be accepted from Jan. 6, 2020 through March 2, 2020 for work published, posted or aired during calendar year 2019, so now’s the time to look over what you’ve done since the start of this year, pick out those potential prize-winners, and prepare to enter them in the 2020 competition. Further details concerning how to enter and how to pay entry fees will be announced in late December. Until then, inquiries may be made to Awards Chairman Jack Deacy at jackdeacy@gmail.com.


  • The entry fee for a media organization is $75 per submission, which must be paid at the time of entry.
  • Individuals or freelancers may submit their own work for an entry fee of $25 per submission, which must be paid at the time of entry.
  • All entries must have been published or broadcast during 2019.
  • The subject matter of entries should pertain to New York City and the Greater Metropolitan Area and could include stories on Donald J. Trump’s impact on the city and its environs. 
  • No more than three entries may be submitted for each category by a single organization or by a freelancer. A series on a single topic will be considered a single entry.
  • Each entry should be labeled with its category and be accompanied by a cover letter noting the entry’s importance or impact.
  • Deadline: Entries must be received by Monday, March 2, 2020  

Questions should be emailed to Silurians Awards Chair Jack Deacy at jackdeacy@gmail.com.


  1. BREAKING NEWS (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media)
  2. FEATURE NEWS (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) 
  3. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines)
  4. BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL REPORTING (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media,        Magazines) 
  5. SCIENCE, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) 
  6. ARTS AND CULTURE REPORTING (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines)
  7. SPORTS REPORTING AND COMMENTARY (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) 
  8. EDITORIALS / COMMENTARY/ PUBLIC SERVICE (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) )  
  9. PEOPLE PROFILES (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) 
  10. MINORITY AFFAIRS REPORTING (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) 
  11. BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) 
  12. FEATURE NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines)
  13. SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY (Newspapers, News Wire Services, Online Media, Magazines) 
  14. BROADCAST JOURNALISM (Television: Breaking News/Feature News)
  15. BROADCAST JOURNALISM (Radio: Breaking News/Feature News)                    


Former Head of USA Today, TheStreet,
MarketWatch to Speak at Dec. 18 Lunch

David Callaway

David Callaway once headed USA Today, but in an award-winning career that goes back to the 1980s and his time as a reporter and columnist at the Boston Herald, his journalistic horizons have expanded far beyond the borders of the United States.

In addition to running USA Today from 2012 to 2016, Callaway is the former editor-in-chief of MarketWatch and its predecessor, CBS MarketWatch, an international news gathering organization with bureaus around the world; former chief executive officer of TheStreet Inc., a New York-based financial news and information company; and former president of World Editors Forum, a global advisory board to the world’s major news publishers.

These days, he recently wrote, his “true love remains with journalism and all it stands for in maintaining our freedom and helping societies grow.”

“The near future,” he added, “with climate change and immigration so important around the world, will see enormous opportunities for journalists and I’m working on how to develop those for our industry right now.”

Perhaps he’ll have more to tell us when he joins us as our guest luncheon speaker on Dec. 18 at the National Arts Club. The best way to find out is to make your reservation now. (See below for instructions.)

Following his graduation from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in the late 1980s, Callaway spent six years at the Boston Herald, where he co-wrote a daily column that focused on news coming out of Boston’s business district. In 1994, he was hired by Bloomberg LP and spent almost all of the next five years in London, heading a team that covered the banking, investment banking and asset management business throughout Europe.

Looking back on his career, he once said, “I’m most proud of my reporting in Europe for Bloomberg News in the 1990s, which included coverage of the Northern Irish peace process to end The Troubles, and the lead up to the euro single currency.”

Callaway returned to the U.S. in 1999, when he joined CBS MarketWatch, becoming editor-in-chief in 2003 and managing the day-to-day coverage for a news organization with 11 bureaus around the globe. He left MarketWatch in 2012 to become EIC of USA Today, overseeing some 300 journalists and more than 150 correspondents on three continents and across all digital and print platforms. Callaway remained with USA Today until 2016, when he was named CEO of TheStreet, composed of businesses based in the U.S., the UK and India. Its flagship site was TheStreet.com. Most of the businesses were sold late last year and Callaway left this past February.

As president of the World Editors Forum, Callaway has spoken passionately and eloquently about press freedom. This past June, right around the time he stepped down from his WEF post, he took part in presenting a Golden Pen of Freedom Award posthumously to the murdered Jamal Khashoggi at a ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland. The award is given annually by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) to individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the defense and promotion of press freedom.

“At the World Editor’s Forum,” said Callaway to the audience in Glasgow, “we stand for a united effort among the global media to hold tyrants and governments accountable for their actions to suppress free speech and inhibit the growth of free societies for all their people. It’s an uphill battle. Our enemies seek to divide us. Our leaders ignore the jailings, shootings, and intimidation. Only by all of us working together can we protect our journalists, and by extension our freedom. Jamal Khashoggi  understood this. He knew he was in danger but he would not be silent.”

Please make your reservation now to meet David Callaway at our next lunch.

The date: Dec. 18, 2019
The time: Noon
The place: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

PLEASE NOTE: You may reserve via Eventbrite by linking to:


When you reach that site, click on the word “TICKETS” and follow the directions. You will then receive an email confirming your reservation.

You can no longer reserve by emailing Michael Serrill, but you may continue to reserve by calling the Silurian reservation line at 212-532-0887. Please spell your name clearly and include a contact number or an email address. Lunch prices are $55 for members, $65 for guests, payable at the door by cash (exact change, please), check or credit card. Regardless of how you reserve, if you’re bringing a guest, make sure to give us your guest’s name. Each member is allowed to reserve for one guest, with additional guests put on a waiting list, pending a final count.

One other reminder. Because we must give a final tally to the National Arts Club at noon on Dec. 16 — the Monday before the luncheon — we cannot cancel any reservations after that time. No-shows will be asked to pay for their seats.


President David Andelman (right) presents Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” with the Silurian Press Club’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala dinner Oct. 16 at the National Arts Club. For more photos of the dinner, click here.