One day before the Senate passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act earlier this month, I was on Capitol Hill with a clutch of health-care journalists who had traveled to Washington specifically to attend our program on issues around the memory-stealing disease. We met with knowledgeable staffers who had worked on the House version of the bill, and we were pleased to have a few minutes for Q&A with co-sponsor Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). He is one of the swelling number of Americans who have lost – or are losing – a family member to Alzheimer’s Disease. His mother’s struggle, he…
The National Press Foundation is awarding two Special Citations for high quality journalistic efforts that fell outside the boundaries of its standard award categories.
NPR.org, a division of NPR, has been awarded the 2010 Excellence in Online Journalism Award for “deep and rich content,” the National Press Foundation has announced.
“The richness and diversity of all online offerings this year was deeply impressive,” said NPF president Bob Meyers. “NPR.org was the consensus choice of the judges because of its deep, rich content and the impressive work in mobile applications they’ve developed.”
Receiving Honorable Mentions in the judging were the Associated Press, KPBS (San Diego) and The Wall Street Journal.
The judges were Sandy Johnson, Center for Public Integrity; Len Apcar, The New York Times; Jim Brady, former executive editor of Washingtonpost.com; Jacqueline Thomas, formerly with the Indianapolis Star; Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; and Bob Meyers.
Albert Hunt of Bloomberg News,the veteran print and broadcast journalist, will receive the coveted NPF Chairman’s Citation next March.
“Few journalists have had more impact in shaping the practice of journalism in Washington than Al Hunt has had,” said NPF board chairman Gerald F. Seib, executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal. “First in covering Congress, then as a nationally respected political correspondent, then as a television presence, then as an editor and manager, he has demonstrated that it’s possible—in fact, essential—to bring fairness, accuracy, balance, toughness and analytical insights into the coverage of our nation’s elected and appointed leaders. More than that, newsrooms across Washington are populated with journalists who learned these lessons from Al Hunt, and have gone on to spread his influence across the nation’s capital.”
Hunt is the executive Washington editor for Bloomberg News, a subsidiary of Bloomberg LP. He is the host for Political Capital on Bloomberg Television.
Reporter Peter Whoriskey of The Washington Post has won the National Press Foundation’s first “Feddie” Award for stories describing the consequences of federal policy on local business and economic life. One of Whoriskey’s two stories detailed how federal policy intended to encourage energy-efficient bulbs inadvertently led to the closing of the last incandescent light-bulb manufacturer in the U.S. and the loss of 200 jobs in rural Virginia. His second story focused on a Florida company facing financial pressure to move to China where the incentives are better.
Keith Chu of the Bulletin, in Bend, Oregon, with 33,000 readers, received an Honorable Mention for a detailed story on how federal stimulus dollars, intended to put unemployed loggers back to work, ended up being used to import foreign workers to do the work, resulting in a federal investigation.
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