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Friday, February 20, 2015

In The Vortex of Ferguson

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Gilbert Bailon, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, won the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award for guiding his news organization through the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the tumultuous aftermath.  See a collection of the Post-Dispatch's work here.The judges said: “If ever a newspaper and its editor faced a real-time stress test, it was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and editor Gilbert Bailon.”

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Friday, February 20, 2015

CNN Reporter’s “Profound” Investigation into Money and Congress

Sandy K Johnson by Sandy K Johnson 0 comments

Drew Griffin, an investigative reporter for CNN, won an Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress for a year-long project titled “Congress for Sale.” The series focused on questionable financial ties between lobbyists and Congress. One segment looked at a fundraiser for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, hosted by some former staffers who are now lobbyists. “It’s a family affair,” Pelosi said. In another segment, the former president of Shell Oil said “I felt extorted” by members of Congress. Dirksen judges cited Griffin for “a profound series of pieces illuminating the dark side of elected officials and big…

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Friday, February 20, 2015

ABC Anchor Wins Prestigious NPF Award

Sandy K Johnson by Sandy K Johnson 0 comments

George Stephanopoulos, ABC News chief anchor, won the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The Taishoff judges cited his “extraordinary energy and insight for many years in covering news, politics and current affairs.” Among his latest scoops was an exclusive interview with Darren Wilson, the policeman at the center of the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. Stephanopoulos anchors every major news event for the network.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

An Optimist’s View of Journalism

Sandy K Johnson by Sandy K Johnson 0 comments

“I am an optimist.” These words from two speakers at the National Press Foundation annual awards dinner resonated with me. The news business is rife with woe-is-me commentary so it takes an optimist to see beyond the wreckage of a disrupted business model and instead see possibilities. Alberto Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation and a news industry veteran, described the full circle. “In the space of about 10 years, newspapers went from cash cow monopolies to cost-cutters struggling to make a profit so they could continue to serve,” he said. “So why am I optimistic?” “Not since the dawn…

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Covering the Federal Budget

Linda Topping Streitfeld by Linda Topping Streitfeld 0 comments

Federal budget season is here in Washington again, and the National Press Foundation has some help for journalists who seek to cover it. Steve Gettinger, Deputy Managing Editor of CQ Weekly, and NPR Senior Business News Editor Marilyn Geewax came in to talk about the budget.

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