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Monday, June 15, 2015

John Carroll, Widely Admired NPF Editor of the Year in 1998

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By George E. Condon

The obituaries for John S. Carroll, who died Sunday morning in Kentucky, almost all mention that he was named the National Press Foundation Editor of the Year in 1998. What they don't mention is how many other times he almost won the award.

As someone who served on that committee in 18 of the last 19 years, I can tell you that no editor in the country was nominated more times for our award and from more newspapers than was John. Only our unofficial policy of avoiding duplicate winners kept him from receiving it at least two additional times.

For as long as I have been on the board, we have worked to raise the prestige of this award and to make it the preeminent editor's award in the business. The national reaction when we gave it to John -- and John's speech at the dinner that year -- were important milestones in that effort. He may have been the most respected editor in the country. He certainly was the editor nominated the most times.

Today, it’s worth recalling some of John’s memorable speech accepting the NPF award at our dinner, when he was editor of the Baltimore Sun:

“Today’s journalists are constantly being reminded that they are functionaries of business, yet they know in their hearts that the stock price is a hollow god,” he said. “They sense that newspaper work can, and should, be a wonderfully satisfying and entertaining way to engage the world, and that in a free society there is no mightier sword than the written word.”

A sampling of the obituaries about the passing of a legendary editor:

* New York Times: John Carroll, editor who reinvigorated the Los Angeles Times, is dead at 73
* Los Angeles Times: John Carroll, editor who led L.A. Times to 13 Pulitzers, dies at 73
* Baltimore Sun: John S. Carroll, former Sun editor, dies at 73

George E. Condon is the White House correspondent for National Journal. He is a former chairman of the NPF board of directors and a current board member.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Talk: “Rebuilding Empires” with Thomas Lee

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Thomas Lee, a business columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle, writes about the rapidly changing landscape of big-box retail stores in his book, “Rebuilding Empires.”

Electronics giant Best Buy was born of a catastrophe. In the aftermath of a tornado, the owner sold his remaining undamaged goods at a discount – advertised as a “best buy” -- to snatch victory from disaster. “They kept expanding and it was a pure muscle game,” Lee said. “He eventually got really good at cut throat competition…and Best Buy was the last one standing.”

Similarly, the brothers who owned upscale Dayton department stores created the discount chain Target, employing some of the same clean, artfully arranged merchandizing that had made the department stores successful.

Learn more about Tom Lee, a 2014 National Press Fellow in Shanghai, and his book, in this video:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Bank That Gives Back

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By Sandy K. Johnson
and Reyna Levine

Mayo Clinic’s state-of-the-art biorepository stores 2.5 million samples of blood, tissue, urine and other DNA specimens. It’s a “one-stop shop” for clinical investigators, according to co-director Dr. Stephen Thibodeau.

Journalists toured the biobank as part of a National Press Foundation training program on precision medicine, which is health care tailored to each individual based on their personal genomics. This video explains what the biobank does:

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

RIP: NPF Board Member Ed Fouhy

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Ed Fouhy, a giant in television news, has died. Ed was a long-time member of NPF’s board of directors, retiring when he left Washington for Cape Cod.

“Ed was an invaluable board member who brought insight and wisdom to all of our conversations,” said Bob Meyers, NPF president emeritus.

Ed provided quiet counsel to me during my career. And I was delighted to hire his daughter, Beth, as a political reporter for the Associated Press. Ed was so proud of her.

Beth wrote this obituary for her father for MSNBC, where she now works.


Award-winning journalist Ed Fouhy dies at 80

Ed Fouhy, an Emmy Award-winning journalist who served as a top news executive at three broadcast networks, died May 13 of complications of cancer. He was 80 and lived in Chatham, Massachusetts, where he retired in 2004 after a 35-year career in Washington.

Fouhy was born in Boston on November 30, 1934 and grew up in neighboring Milton. He began his journalism career as a sports stringer for the Boston Globe while a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he graduated in 1956. He launched his broadcast career as news director for WBZ Boston while attending graduate school at Boston University’s College of Communications.

Fouhy joined the CBS Morning News as a producer in 1966 and went on to serve in several top positions at the network, including West Coast bureau chief, Saigon bureau chief, and as Washington producer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite from 1969-74. There he covered the totemic news events of the Richard Nixon presidency, including Nixon’s historic visit to China, Watergate, and Nixon’s resignation. Fouhy left CBS in 1982 after serving as a top news executive at the network’s headquarters in New York.

Fouhy worked for NBC News as a producer and executive from 1974-1977 and returned in 1985 to launch a news magazine show. Fouhy also served as Washington bureau chief for ABC News from 1982-1985.

After leaving network news, Fouhy served as executive producer for the Commission on Presidential Debates. He produced the nationally televised debates between presidential candidates Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush in 1988 and Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in 1992.

Toward the end of his news career Fouhy focused on journalism innovation, developing projects through the Pew Charitable Trusts, including the Pew Center for Civic Journalism and Stateline.

Fouhy won numerous awards throughout his career, including five Emmys and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, UMass. He was a revered mentor and boss to many younger journalists.

Fouhy served as chairman of the board of IREX, an international nonprofit organization, until stepping down earlier this year. He was an active volunteer in retirement, serving on Chatham’s Zoning Board of Appeals where he was chairman for two terms, and as an adviser to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in 2012.

Fouhy served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-59 and remained to the end a proud Marine. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and loved to ga

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NPF Teams Up With CQ Roll Call to Train Journalists

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The National Press Foundation will collaborate with CQ Roll Call to provide training and education to Washington journalists on critical issues that percolate in the Capitol, the two organizations announced.

The Capitol Hill Issues Briefings began in 2010 to inform journalists on issues as they develop, ranging from immigration to the fiscal cliff and an annual favorite -- covering the federal budget.

These free morning briefings are hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, at the invitation of former Rep. Lee Hamilton, now director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

Seventeen briefings have been produced since 2010.

"CQ Roll Call is delighted to partner with the National Press Foundation on its Capitol Hill Issues Briefing program,” said David Ellis, Chief Content Officer for CQ Roll Call. “We’ll use our deep knowledge and insight into congressional issues to help journalists untangle and synthesize complex issues for their readers. NPF is a valuable resource that lets journalists do better work, and CQ Roll Call is happy to support its mission."

“NPF is honored to collaborate with CQ Roll Call on this valuable training for journalists,” added Sandy K. Johnson, President and Chief Operating Officer of NPF. “CQ Roll Call has deep roots in reporting the policy and politics that dominate the federal government, and we look forward to working with them.”

Several Capitol Hill Issues Briefings are planned this year, including a program on Monday morning June 22 on FAA reauthorization, which is set to expire Sept. 30. This briefing is sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association.