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March 11, 2005
Scripps Howard Foundation announces National Journalism Award winners
CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation today announced the winners of its annual National Journalism Awards, honoring the best in print, Web and electronic journalism and journalism education for 2004.
The awards, open to all U.S. news organizations and college journalism educators, recognize excellence in 17 categories, including editorial writing, human interest writing, environment, investigative, business/economics, Washington and public service reporting, commentary, photojournalism, radio and television reporting, Web reporting, college cartooning, editorial cartooning and journalism education.
The awards also honor distinguished service to the First Amendment.
Cash awards totaling $195,000 will be
presented April 15 during a dinner at the National Press Club
“Scripps Howard Foundation presents the
National Journalism Awards to celebrate and honor excellent
work by America’s media and the part journalists play in a
free and democratic society,” said Judith G.
The Scripps Howard Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company.
Kenneth W. Lowe, president and chief executive officer for Scripps, said, “As a diversified media company with roots firmly planted in a tradition of journalistic excellence and integrity, we take great pride in the National Journalism Awards. The standard of excellence represented by these winners is impressive indeed.”
The National Journalism Award winners are:
Los Angeles Times receives the $25,000 Ursula and Gilbert Farfel prize, given in cooperation with the Ohio University College of Communication and the Farfel endowment.
The Los Angeles Times’ team of reporters
(Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein, Mitchell Landsberg and Steve
Hymon) spent a year investigating the
PUBLIC SERVICE REPORTING
The Hartford Courant receives $10,000 and the Roy W. Howard award.
The Courant’s persistent reporting on
Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland’s ethical lapses brought his
administration to an end when the governor resigned rather
than face impeachment. Investigations of
bid-rigging and personal gifts and favors from state
contractors exposed Gov. Rowland’s corrupt administration. The
Courant’s combination of investigative work, spot news and
commentary add up to public service of the highest order. Finalists:
Randy Bergmann, Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N. J. receives $10,000 and the Walker Stone award.
Bergmann won for a portfolio of hard-hitting
editorials, primarily aimed at public officials’ corruption
and arrogance. His campaign for good government helped raise
public expectations of elected representatives and propelled
ethics to the top of
Connie Schultz, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, receives $10,000 and a trophy.
Connie Schultz’s commentary is distinguished by quality and craftsmanship. She combines great skill as a writer with a sense of enterprise – and a healthy sense of outrage. She is a voice of the underdog and a powerful voice for her readers. Finalist: Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times.
HUMAN INTEREST WRITING
Davan Maharaj, Los Angeles Times, receives $10,000 and the Ernie Pyle award.
Maharaj won for his poignant series,
“Living on Pennies,” about the hard, everyday lives of people
DallasNews.com receives $10,000 and a trophy.
For an extraordinary story only the
Web could have told, DallasNews.com explains how a home-town
gymnast, Carly Patterson, parlayed her signature – and
dangerous – balance beam dismount, the “Double Arabian,” to an
Olympic gold medal in Athens. Now called, “the Patterson” the
difficult move is examined in detail at DallasNews.com/carly.
The Sun, San Bernardino, Calif., which receives $10,000 and the Edward J. Meeman award.
“Unnatural Disasters” tells the amazing
story of how arrogance and ignorance are jeopardizing lives in
the foothills and mountains above
Greg Jaffe, The Wall Street Journal, receives $10,000 and the Raymond Clapper award.
Greg Jaffe’s reporting from
Steve Sack, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, receives $10,000 and a trophy.
With fearless and original cartoons, Steve
Sack delivers sharp points with visual economy and freshness.
His tell-it-like-it-is observations strike at the funny bone
while sending strong, clear messages that provoke thought on
the important issues of the day. Finalists:
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT
The Dallas Morning News receives $10,000 and the Edward Willis Scripps award.
“Let the Sun Shine” was an aggressive
campaign beating the drum for recorded votes in the
Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, wins $10,000 and a trophy.
A story-teller with a camera, Jim Gehrz’s
sensitive lens captured a range of inspiring work that ran the
full gamut – strong single photos, strong features packages,
and a nice narrative story about a female soldier and her
personal battle to heal and remember after a near-fatal injury
in a roadside bombing in
The Wall Street Journal receives $10,000 and the William Brewster Styles award.
Reporters Ellen E. Schultz and Theo Francis
conducted a complicated and difficult analysis of companies’
claims that retiree medical benefits were a crippling burden.
The Wall Street Journal discovered the opposite – that obscure
accounting practices allow companies to improve their bottom
lines at the expense of retirees’ health-care benefits,
misleading the public and their retirees. Some even profit by
billions of dollars. Finalists: Kevin Diaz,
EXCELLENCE IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA/RADIO
Chicago Public Radio/WBEZ, “This American Life,” which receives $10,000 and the Jack R. Howard award.
Reporter Nancy Updike tells the story of war
EXCELLENCE IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA/TV-CABLE
CNBC receives $10,000 and the Jack R. Howard award.
“The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America’s Most
Powerful Company” is an honest, frank and pointed documentary
that gets inside the world’s largest store – a store so large
that multi-billion dollar corporations can go bankrupt if
Wal-Mart decides to stop doing business with them. The program
takes viewers from tiny
Nathaniel R. Creekmore,
The Babbler, Lipscomb University,
For the second consecutive year, Nathaniel R. Creekmore receives the Schulz award for his comic strip, “Maintaining.” The judges described Creekmore as an emerging young talent who “speaks in his own voice” about racial and ethnic identity, friendship between “a couple of guys,” and stereotypes. He deals with sensitive subjects with humor and a frank, refreshing openness. Finalists: Andy Marlette, University of Florida; Savann James Mok, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and Terrence L. Nowicki Jr., Western Washington University.
JOURNALISM TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Sandra F. Chance, University of Florida, will receive $10,000 and the Charles E. Scripps award. Her school will also receive a $5,000 grant. The award is given in cooperation with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Knight Foundation and the Freedom Forum.
Sandra F. Chance is a 25-year journalism
educator and executive director of the
JOURNALISM ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Will Norton Jr., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will receive $10,000 and the Charles E. Scripps award. His school will also receive a $5,000 grant. The award is given in cooperation with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Knight Foundation and the Freedom Forum.
Dr. Will Norton Jr., dean of the