The Paulick Report (www.paulickreport.com) on Wednesday became the first exclusively online publication to be represented by the winners in both writing categories of the Eclipse Awards, the most prestigious honors given annually in the North American Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.
Paulick Report features editor Natalie Voss was voted an Eclipse Award in the News Enterprise category for her article, “'Something's Wrong With My Brain' – The Lurking Danger of Concussion for Jockeys.” The article examined the subject of head trauma and portrayed the struggles of disabled former rider Gwen Jocson.
This was the first Eclipse Award for Voss, a Virginia native who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science from the University of Kentucky. She has been a full-time member of the Paulick Report staff since 2013.
Voss was a 2015 and 2016 finalist for Team Valor International's Stanley Bergstein Award for investigative journalism, with an unprecedented four stories nominated in 2016.
Freelance writer John Scheinman was voted an Eclipse Award in the Feature/Commentary category for his Paulick Report article “Andrew Beyer: Rebel With a Cause,” an expansive profile of the retired Washington Post turf writer who brought hard-nosed journalism to horse racing and revolutionized the art of handicapping with his Beyer Speed Figures.
This was the second Eclipse Award for Scheinman, who was honored in the same category in 2014 for his piece at Bloodhorse.com on trainer Dickie Small, an article that also received a first-place award from American Horse Publications. Scheinman has received numerous honors during a multi-faceted journalism career: the Old Hilltop Award from the Maryland Jockey Club; the Red Smith Award from Churchill Downs for the best Kentucky Derby story in 2007; Journalist of the Year from the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia Boxing Community; and the School Bell Award for outstanding coverage of public education from the Maryland State Teachers Association.
Voss and Scheinman will receive their trophies at the 46th Annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony Jan. 21, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The Eclipse Awards are presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders' Cup and The Stronach Group and produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Paulick Report joins three long-established print publications whose writers swept the two Eclipse Award writing categories: Sports Illustrated in 1991 (William Nack for both News Enterprise and Feature Commentary); Daily Racing Form in 2013 (Marty McGee and Marcus Hersh); and Louisville Courier-Journal in 2015 (Jennie Rees and Tim Sullivan).
“The awards these gifted writers won represent the type of journalism – independent, provocative and investigative – envisioned when Brad Cummings and I created the Paulick Report in 2008,” said publisher Ray Paulick. “The media landscape has shifted dramatically in the last decade, and it's vital that this kind of reporting has an outlet.”
Previously, Paulick Report editor-in-chief Scott Jagow won a 2014 Sovereign Award (Canadian racing's highest honor) for Outstanding Digital Audio/Video and Broadcasting; and Ray Paulick won the 2013 Stanley Bergstein Award for investigative reporting.
About the Paulick Report: Established in June 2008, www.paulickreport.com covers the international sport and business of Thoroughbred racing and breeding. Based in Lexington, Ky., the company has a full-time staff of seven and a network of freelance writers and photographers.
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