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March 10, 2006
Scripps Howard Foundation announces National Journalism Awards 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 2005.
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 21 during a dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
"Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards celebrate and honor great work by American media and the important part journalists play in a free and democratic society," said Judith G. Clabes, Foundation president and chief executive officer. "The entries -- and the winners -- this year are incredible examples of the high level of journalism being practiced in this country.
The Scripps Howard Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The E. W. Scripps Company.
The National Journalism Awards 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.
Reporters Robin Fields, Evelyn Larrubia
and Jack Leonard won for a series of stories, “Guardians for
Profit,” that led to swift reforms. The reporters examined
2,400 cases handled by professional guardians in
PUBLIC SERVICE REPORTING
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, receives $10,000 and the Roy W. Howard award.
“FEMA: A Legacy of Waste” uncovered a trail of fraud
and waste in federal disaster aid that cost taxpayers more
than $530 million. The Sun-Sentinel reported that after
Katrina, the agency gave $172 million in emergency aid to
people never displaced by the storm. Reforms are underway.
Finalist: Joy Blackburn, The
Tony Biffle, The Sun Herald, Gulfport, Miss., receives $10,000 and the Walker Stone award.
Tony Biffle regularly reminded readers of the necessity
to be prepared for the hurricane season, right up to the day
of Katrina’s arrival, when there was little left to do but put
their faith in “prayer. . .and plywood.” After the disaster,
Biffle was a voice for his community, embodying a sense of
community and expressing its rage at official inaction and
indifference. Finalists: Dan Carney,
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, receives $10,000 and a trophy.
Steve Lopez took his readers into LA’s skid row where
thousands are on the streets in
HUMAN INTEREST WRITING
Dennis’ “300 Words” series took readers into the lives
of ordinary people and came away with something special every
time. It was, judges said, a “triumph of short-form
storytelling. Brady Dennis has a reporter’s eye, a writer’s
touch and a reader’s ear.” Finalist: Susan Paynter,
roanoke.com, The Roanoke Times, Va., receives $10,000 and a trophy.
“Going Down the Crooked Road” takes full advantage of
multimedia technologies and techniques -- video, podcasts,
photo slideshows and audio -- to produce a feature rich in
sights and sounds as the reporting team follows a
Ken Ward, The
Ward exposed inaccurate permit maps and lax government
regulation in the application of a huge coal company to build
a potentially dangerous coal storage silo near an elementary
with nothing more than a reporter's skepticism and some
tracing paper, Ward found mysterious boundary changes in the
permit application. His is an inspiring example, judges said,
of the difference one person can make by practicing
old-fashioned journalism. The permit was revoked.
Finalists: Dina Cappiello,
Knight Ridder Washington Bureau receives $10,000 and the Raymond Clapper award.
Reporters Chris Adams and Alison Young, in their
report, “Discharged and Dishonored”, showed that the Veterans
Administration is failing miserably in its service to
Michael Ramirez, Los Angeles Times, receives $10,000 and a trophy.
Ramirez’ work reflects his philosophy that an editorial
cartoon is not just a funny picture, it’s a fine instrument of
journalism that has a point, tells a story, and defines an
cartoons are sharply defined and intelligent. From a wealth of
material -- three Supreme Court nominations, Hurricane
Katrina, lung cancer deaths, hunger, brinkmanship and scandal
-- Ramirez produced poignant cartoons that have a message.
Finalists: Mike Luckovich, The
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT
Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, receives $10,000 and the Edward Willis Scripps award.
The Post Register took on the Boy Scouts in Scout
Country, fighting for hidden court files about sexual
molestation of boys at Scout camps and facing threats from
advertisers and readers. As a result, the Idaho Supreme Court
has ordered rules revisions and software changes to prevent
file-hiding and sexual predators are in prison and on the
state registry. Finalists:
Damon Winter, Los Angeles Times, receives $10,000 and a trophy.
From the searing cold of
The Seattle Times receives $10,000 and the William Brewster Styles award.
Reporters Luke Timmerman and David Heath exposed a
little-known but insidious practice that had been growing on
Wall Street: Looking to get an investing edge, elite Wall
Street firms paid medical researchers to divulge details about
their ongoing research into potential new drugs. They found 26
cases in which doctors leaked confidential information. The
EXCELLENCE IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA/RADIO
This comprehensive radio report offered a primer on
stem cell research, as the interests of science, medicine,
politics and religion converge and conflict in the ethical
debate over their use. The four-part series examined
scientific progress on the research and dramatically different
attitudes and practices in
EXCELLENCE IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA/TV-CABLE
WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, receives $10,000 and the Jack R. Howard award.
Executive producers Tom Aviles, Lino Rulli and David
Schechter’s “The Last Flagraiser” was, the judges said,
“poetry.” The team set out on a personal quest, often using
their own resources, to tell the true story of the famous
Russell Gottwaldt, F Newsmagazine, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receives $10,000 and the Charles M. Schulz award.
Gottwaldt is experimenting with writing and drawing a
multi-paged editorial comic, featuring off-beat humor mixed
with sophisticated social commentary. His work has alternative
appeal, but is still accessible to the mainstream reader.
Judges said that his work represents where the cartoon
industry is going while building on where it’s been.
Finalists: Terrence L. Nowicki Jr.,
JOURNALISM TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Louis A. Day, Louisiana State University, will receive $10,000 and the Charles E. Scripps award. His school also will 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. Day has a passion for teaching, selfless mentoring and helping students think and analyze ethical dilemmas. A dedicated faculty member at LSU for 25 years, he is the author of a “gold standard” ethics textbook. He receives high marks from students and from the junior faculty who look to him as a mentor.
JOURNALISM ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Thomas Kunkel, University of Maryland, will receive $10,000 and the Charles E. Scripps award. His school also will 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.
Kunkel is an accomplished reporter and editor, a nationally-acclaimed author of books and magazine articles, the leading scholarly authority on The New Yorker, an overseer of the ambitious “Project on the State of the American Newspaper,” and a prolific researcher. His nominators proclaimed him a great teacher and an accessible, capable administrator “beloved by faculty and students.”
Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment.
Contact: Judy Clabes, Scripps Howard Foundation, 513-977-3048, firstname.lastname@example.org