TheWrap’s Brian Welk wins New York Press Club award

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TheWrap senior reporter Brian Welk won a New York Press Club Award for Best Entertainment News – Internet, the organization announced Tuesday.

Welk won recognition for his three-part series “Spotlight on Deaf Actors,” released last August. The first play, “Are deaf actors and stories finally coming to Hollywood?” explored new opportunities for deaf artists in projects such as “A Quiet Place,” “Eternals,” and Oscar-winning “CODA.”

A second story, “How American Sign Language masters are transforming Deaf actor culture,” discussed the role that on-set experts in Deaf culture and American Sign Language are helping to pave the way for a accurate depiction of deaf life on screen.

And a final story, “Why Hearing Actors Playing Deaf Characters Always Cause Backlash,” examined the growing tension when hearing actors take on Deaf characters.

Welk, who joined TheWrap in 2016 as a web production assistant, graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a master’s degree in arts journalism from the University of Southern California.

In February, TheWrap won two awards at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 14th Annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. TheWrap founder and editor Sharon Waxman took home personal entertainment blog honors for her WaxWord column. “Waxman tackles the inner workings and failings of the entertainment industry with a sharp wit and a sharp tongue, challenging the powers that be in a refreshingly informed way, inviting his readers to look beyond the veil. Hollywood glamour,” the judges wrote.

Additionally, photographer Christian Friis and art director Ada Guerin won in the portrait category for a shot of “Succession” star Jeremy Strong.

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