|Scripps Howard Awards Honor Nation's Best 2011 Journalism|
CINCINNATI, March 16, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The Scripps Howard Foundation today announced the winners of its annual Scripps Howard Awards, honoring the best work in the communications industry and journalism education in 2011.
Established in 1953, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards competition is open to news organizations based in the U.S. and recognizes outstanding print, broadcast and online journalism in 15 categories. Two additional categories honor college journalism and mass communication educators for excellence in administration and teaching.
Winners will be honored April 26 at a dinner hosted by the Scripps Howard Foundation and its corporate founder, The E.W. Scripps Company, at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. The winners will receive a total of $175,000 and distinctive trophies in the 17 categories.
This year's winners and finalists are representative of the way the communications industry is evolving.
"From media partnerships to individual blogs, these journalists work across multiple platforms from around the block and the world," said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. "We are proud to honor them in the hometown of one of our company's fine media outlets, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7."
Selected by industry experts, winners of the 2011 Scripps Howard Awards are:
Finalists: Anthony Cormier and Matthew Doig, Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, for "Unfit for Duty;" and Jeff Donn, The Associated Press, for "Aging Nukes"
Finalists: WRTV, Indianapolis, for "Indiana State Fair Disaster;" and The New York Times for "Japan Quake"
PUBLIC SERVICE REPORTING
Finalists: Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber and Dan Nguyen, ProPublica, for "Dollars for Docs;" and The Wall Street Journal for "The End of Privacy"
Finalists: John McCormick, Chicago Tribune; and Bonnie Calhoun Williams, the Independent Mail, Anderson, S.C.
Finalists: Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times; and Brian J. O'Connor, The Detroit News
HUMAN INTEREST WRITING
Finalists: Dan Barry, The New York Times, for "This Land;" and John Branch, The New York Times, for "Punched Out"
Finalists: iWatch News from The Center for Public Integrity in partnership with NPR and the Investigative News Network for "Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities;" and Mark Greenblatt, David Raziq and Keith Tomshe of KHOU-TV, Houston, for "A Matter of Risk: Radiation, Drinking Water and Deception"
Finalists: David Cloud and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times, for "Drone Wars;" and Eric Lipton, The New York Times, for "The Champions"
Finalists: Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle; and Stephanie McMillan, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale
Finalists: Damon Winter, The New York Times; and Alejandra Villa, Newsday
Finalists: Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers, for "Financial Speculation in Commodity Markets;" and Donald Barlett, James Steele, Kat Aaron and Lynne Perri, Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, for "What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream"
Finalists: Brandon Stahl and Mark Stodghill, Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune, for "The Case of Dr. Konasiewicz;" and the Valley News, West Lebanon, N.H., for "Tropical Storm Irene: The Aftermath"
RADIO IN-DEPTH REPORTING
Finalists: Joe Richman and Samara Freemark of Radio Diaries on NPR for "The Last Man on the Mountain;" and Bruce Auster, Tom Bowman, David Gilkey and Amy Walters of NPR for "'Darkhorse' Battalion and the Afghan War"
TELEVISION/CABLE IN-DEPTH REPORTING
Finalists: David Biscobing and Gerard Watson, KNXV-TV, Phoenix, for "Phoenix Kidnappings: Uncovering the Truth;" and Phil Williams, Kevin Wisniewski, Iain Montgomery and Bryan Staples, WTVF-TV, Nashville, Tenn., for "Policing for Profit"
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT
Finalists: Bloomberg News for "The Fed's Trillion-Dollar Secret;" and OpenSecrets Blog for "Holding Their Feet to the Fire"
"The Scripps Howard Foundation is also proud to honor two of the nation's finest journalism and mass communication educators," said Philipps. "Their dedication to preparing future journalists for our changing industry is an inspiration to us all."
The following awards will be presented Aug. 9 in cooperation with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the keynote session of the annual AEJMC convention in Chicago:
JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Finalists: Jay Newell, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University, Ames; and Cindy Royal, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University, San Marcos
An awards program book and video featuring the winners and their work will be available online at www.scripps.com/foundation after the April 26 presentations. The 2011 award-winning entries may be reviewed at www.shawards.org/winners.
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 causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture and inclusive civic affairs.
Scripps (www.scripps.com) delivers quality journalism and creates valuable marketing environments through television stations, newspapers and a growing menu of digital products and services that now includes social games. Creative and mission-driven employees "give light so the people can find their own way" at 19 television stations in major U.S. markets and at newspapers in 13 markets.
SOURCE The E.W. Scripps Company