POLITICO Co-Founders on the Future of Journalism

POLITICO co-founders John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei will talk about their vision for journalism at the National Press Foundation’s annual awards dinner on Thursday, Feb. 11.

VandeHei and Harris will receive the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award at the dinner, which will also honor Charlie Rose and Diane Rehm and two new digital innovation in journalism awards (see list of all eight award winnersharris-vandehei below).

“We believe as strongly as we did nine years ago that there will forever be a need for nonpartisan reporting on government and politics – and that POLITICO is one of the models for profitably funding it in lasting way,” VandeHei and Harris said. “Screen sizes, attention spans, content delivery and reader habits will continue to change at a dizzying pace – but the fundamentals of fairness, serious reporting and accountability for public officials should and will last forever.”

 This is what NPF judges who selected Harris and VandeHei for the award said: “John and Jim saw an opening before others did, then charged through it despite the risks and naysayers. They have brought energy, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit to reshaping journalism as it must be practiced in the future.”

The annual awards dinner draws 1,000 people to celebrate the best in journalism. 2016 also marks the 40th anniversary of the National Press Foundation, a nonprofit whose sole mission is to train and educate journalists. Dinner sponsorship options are here. To purchase a table at the dinner, contact jenny@nationalpress.org

More winners who will be honored at the dinner:

  • Diane Rehm, host of The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, receives the Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.
  • Charlie Rose, winner of the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, for his work on CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes and The Charlie Rose Show.
  • The Des Moines Register and Gannett Product, winners of the Best Use of Technology in Journalism Award for “Iowa State Fair Soapbox” and “Harvest of Change.” Honorable mention: Wall Street Journal.
  • The Tampa Bay Times, winners of the Innovation in Journalism Award for “Failure Factories.” Honorable mentions: Vox and Bloomberg Business.
  • Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, winner of the Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons.
  • Matt Fuller, winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. Matt reported the winning entry when he was at CQ Roll Call; he is now at Huffington Post. Honorable mention: Allison Sherry, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
  • Curtis Tate of McClatchy Newspapers, winner of NPF”s “Feddie” Award, for a project on lax regulation of oil trains. Honorable mention: USA Today.


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