“Hard Knocks,” Newsday’s in-depth look at football helmet safety, won the sports reporting award Tuesday night at The Deadline Club’s annual banquet held at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

It was the latest honor for the project — and reporter Jim Baumbach.

“This is such a great honor,” Baumbach said. “There are so many talented people at Newsday who helped make this project so successful across all platforms, and thanks to our editors for giving us the time and resources to pursue it. We’re thrilled that our work led to greater awareness of head safety in football and sparked change.”

Newsday also won for feature photography, with Thomas A. Ferrara honored for “Dunia’s Smile” — a portrait of a child undergoing facial reconstructive surgery.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized and included in the company of such talented photojournalists,” Ferrara said.

Debby Krenek, Newsday editorial director and senior vice president/digital media, said she was “very proud that the great work by our staff was honored by The Deadline Club.”

“Jim Baumbach’s ‘Hard Knocks’ story brought immediate change to the safety of Long Island football. Tom Ferrara’s poignant photo told an emotional story of a young boy who could smile through a time of adversity,” Krenek said.

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The Deadline Club, established in 1925, is the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.