The Association of Opinion Journalists on Sept. 22 named The Kansas City Star winner of the Top Opinion Pages award at its annual convention in Orlando, Fla."Seven days a week, these pages publish opinion journalism that is lively, well written, attractively engaged and most important engaged in questions that are vital to the health of communities in Kansas and Missouri and the lives of the people who live in those communities," wrote the judges of the Opinion Journalism Contest."This award recognizes a real team effort by the opinion staff to consistently produce top pages throughout the year," said Miriam Pepper, vice president, editorial pages, at The Star, "I'm very proud to be part of this team."Also honored were Thomas Frank, Easy Chair columnist for Harpers Magazine, and Bob Davis, editor and associate publisher of the Anniston Star in Anniston, Ala., as opinion journalists of the year.Founded in 1947 as the National Conference of Opinion Writers, AOJ is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the craft of opinion journalism through education, professional development, exploration of issues of public importance and vigorous advocacy within journalism.Pepper was named vice president of the organization at the annual meeting. She also has served as secretary of the Association of Opinion Journalists Foundation.
Two veteran members of the McClatchy Washington Bureau investigative reporter Chris Adams and regional reporter James Rosen have been recognized with 2012 National Press Club Awards.Adams won the National Press Club's Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award for his three-part, 6,000 word special report on chimps used in medical research."Adams studied more than 30,000 pages of chimpanzee medical records dating to the 1950s, interviewed leading experts, and reviewed more than 200 scientific articles," the judges wrote. "He found compelling evidence that chimps and humans experience diseases differently and that tremendous advances in laboratory techniques mean that knowledge once gained only by examining a live animal can now be learned in a petri dish."The response to the series was dramatic, prompting hundreds of readers to email McClatchy and dozens more to contact the Institute of Medicine. A few months later, Scientific American cited Adams' reporting in an editorial headlined, "Ban Chimp Testing: Why it is time to end invasive biomedical research on chimpanzees."Winners of the award the past five years include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Science Magazine ABC News 20/20 and Los Angeles Magazine.Adams tenure in the bureau dates to 2003, when he joined the Knight Ridder Washington Bureaus investigative team after having worked for The Wall Street Journal and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Rosen, who covers Washington, D.C., for McClatchy's South Carolina newspapers, won the National Press Club award for Washington regional reporting.Rosen arrived in Washington, D.C., in 1994 as a correspondent for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and joined the McClatchy Washington Bureau with McClatchys purchase of the newspaper in 1995.Adams, Rosen and the other National Press Club winners will be honored at an awards dinner July 24 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.The National Press Club is a private club for journalists and communications professionals in the nation's capital that also plays host to a variety of speakers and events throughout the year involving global leaders in government, politics, music, film business and sports.
Tom Lasseter, McClatchys Beijing bureau chief, is on quite the roll. In April, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized Lasseter's reporting from China with its 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for best foreign correspondence by a newspaper or wire service.This month, Lasseter picked up one of the most prestigious prizes in all of journalism: the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for foreign reporting for his coverage of human rights issues in China.The RFK awards salute outstanding reporting on human rights and social justice. Lasseter's award marks the fourth consecutive year that a McClatchy newspaper or journalist has won the award and five out of the last six years.Before his posting in Beijing, Lasseter was McClatchy's Moscow bureau chief from the spring of 2007 to the winter of 2009. In addition to reporting about Russia and its immediate neighbors including the Georgia-Russia war in August 2008 he reported extensively from Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations. Prior to that, he spent much of 2003 to 2006 covering the war in Iraq.Lasseter grew up in Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia.For his China coverage in 2010, the Overseas Press Club awarded Lasseter its Madeline Dane Ross Award for best international reporting in the print medium showing a concern for the human condition. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers also awarded Lasseter a 2010 Best in Business award for feature writing in its international category.
Two McClatchy journalists a foreign correspondent based in Beijing and an opinion writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader have recently been recognized as the best in their professions with prestigious national awards.Tom Lasseter, McClatchy's Beijing Bureau chief, has won the top foreign reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Lasseter won the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for best foreign correspondence by a newspaper or wire service for coverage of human rights abuses by the Chinese.Lasseter's award-winning work is available online here.The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932 and honor the "best in professional journalism." Judges chose winners from more than 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2011.Lexington Herald-Leader editorial writer Jamie Lucke, meanwhile, heads to the Scripps Howard Awards dinner in Detroit April 26 to collect the Walker Stone Award for editorial writing along with a $10,000 check for her 2011 editorials that "took on Kentucky's powerful coal industry while speaking for the voiceless and powerless in Appalachia."Established in 1953, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards honor the best work in the communications industry and journalism education. The Scripps Howard Awards are particularly competitive since winners in the 17 categories receive a total of $175,000 in prize money.Lucke, a Lexington native who joined the Herald-Leader's editorial board in 1997, beat out finalists from the Chicago Tribune and the Independent Mail in South Carolina.
The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., has won a national journalism award for fairness for its coverage of former Durham District Attorney Tracey E. Cline.The Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, administered by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, announced the award March 2 - the same day Cline was removed from office as Durham's elected district attorney by Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County.The award committee reviewed the three-part series on Cline written by investigative reporter J. Andrew Curliss, "Twisted Truth: A Prosecutor Under Fire," as well as e-mail exchanges with Cline that were published at her request and volumes of court documents filed by Cline."What especially stood out for me was how the newspaper handled Cline's attempts to discredit its work and that of the reporter, J. Andrew Curliss," one of the award judges, Tyler Bridges, said in a statement. "The paper's editors demonstrated considerable fairness when Cline cast the paper in the difficult role of having to report on her attacks against it."Cline alleged that Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson was behind The News & Observer series, which questioned her actions in some cases and raised questions about her ability to get the facts straight.The News & Observer and Hudson dispute his involvement in the series.A series by Curliss about the legal and ethical problems surrounding former Gov. Mike Easley and top administrators at N.C. State University was a finalist for the Taylor Family Award in 2010.The award was established by the Taylor family, which published The Boston Globe from 1872 to 1999.
"Nou Bouke," a documentary that captured the mood of Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, received a regional Emmy award Dec. 3 in the documentary-topical category.The Emmy is a first for the Miami Herald Media Company."With the second anniversary of that catastrophic earthquake approaching, we hope this award will serve to bring attention to the many needs still facing that nation," said Nancy San Martin, the film's executive producer and The Miami Heralds interactive editor. "Haiti remains far from recovery."The film was a project of The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald in association with WPBT2, a local PBS station.Joe Cardona directed "Nou Bouke" (Were Tired), which was narrated by Haitian author Edwidge Danticat and aired nationally on PBS. Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Heralds Haiti correspondent, was associate producer and el Nuevo Heralds Jose Iglesias was director of photography."The earthquake was an important piece of history to document for Haiti as well as South Floridas Haitian community, " said Cardona, an independent Miami filmmaker, who also was nominated for two other films: "Albita: Toda Una Vida, Cuban Masterworks," about Cuban singer Albita, and a Bay of Pigs invasion documentary.To see "Nou Bouke: Haiti's Past, Present and Future" go to MiamiHerald.com/haiti.
The Kansas City Star and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., both collected prestigious honors at the Association of Food Journalists' annual awards banquet Oct. 6 in South Carolina.Jill Wendholt Silva, The Kansas City Star's award-winning food editor, critic, restaurant reviewer and cookbook author, was honored this year for her reporting talent. Silva won first place for Best Newspaper Special Food Project for her 2010 report on "food deserts" -- a look at both urban and rural communities in the Kansas City area whose residents live without easy access to grocery stores and supermarkets. Silva's food desert project was included in the new book "Best Food Writing 2011" edited by New York-based travel, food and music writer Holly A. Hughes.Silva and her Kansas City Star colleague Cindy Hoedel together won third place in the Best Newspaper Special Food Project category for "35 People, Place and Things That Make Us Drool."Anne Brockhoff, a freelance journalist who writes a monthly column on spirits and cocktails for The Kansas City Star, won second place for best newspaper food column.Andrea Weigel, food writer for The News & Observer, won second place for best newspaper food coverage among newspapers with circulations of 135,000 or less.The complete list of Association of Food Journalists award winners is available here.
The editor of The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., has been honored for her commitment to diversity efforts at the newspaper.Sherrie Marshall was one of two editors chosen to receive the 10th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. The national award is given by the Associated Press Media Editors. Gregory Moore, editor of The Denver Post, was the other winner.The awards are given each year to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. McGruder died of cancer in 2002. The winners were recognized Sept. 15 at the annual APME conference in Denver. They each received $2,500 and a trophy.Marshall and Moore were cited for their long-standing commitment to diversity in newspaper content and in newsroom recruiting and staff development."Both of our winners reflect the legacy of Bob McGruder," Hollis Towns, the outgoing APME president and executive editor of the Asbury Park Press and New Jersey Press Media, said in a statement from the association. "They have embraced diversity in their newsrooms in spite of the challenges the industry has had to endure, and they have elevated the attention to diversity in their newspapers."In their nominating letter for Marshall, Jean Fox Alston, vice president/foundation for the Newspaper Association of America, and Reginald Stuart, corporate recruiter for The McClatchy Company, wrote: Regardless of the economic times, Sherrie has made it her business to keep diversity in news coverage and staffing atop her agenda. On the recruiting front, she made it her business to participate in journalism events and to network with aspiring and early career prospects as well as peer colleagues."In the statement, George McCanless, president and publisher of the Telegraph, said of Marshall: "Sherrie maintains her focus on our diversity objectives despite our industry's ongoing economic challenges, and serves as both a role model and mentor to our journalists of color."Marshall joined The Telegraph in February 2001 after working for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for 22 years, her last position being deputy managing editor.
The Charlotte Observer and The Sun News have won 2011 Casey Medals for their coverage of children and family issues while The Wichita Eagle and the Anchorage Daily News made strong showings in the prestigious annual journalism competition administered by the University of Maryland.The winners of the 17th annual Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism were announced July 27.The Charlotte Observer won in the Project/Series category in the under-200,000 circulation division for "Cradle of Secrets," an investigation that found many North Carolina infant deaths mislabeled as SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome by medical examiners when suffocation from unsafe bedding or sleeping with a parent or another person may have been a more likely cause. The Charlotte Observer examined more than 550 SIDS autopsies over four years in the course of its investigation and offered guidance on how the deaths can be avoided. The Wichita Eagle was a runner-up in the same category for "Promise Not to Tell," a dramatic three-part series on two sisters that were victims of incest and came forward to share their full stories -- including their names and photos -- with the paper, prompting other incest victims to come forward after publication.The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., won a Casey Medal in the Opinion category for "A Father's Fight" by columnist Issac J. Bailey and now executive editor Carolyn Murray for the tale about a father waging a difficult, but ultimately successful, long-distance custody battle for his daughter.The Anchorage Daily News received honorable mention in the Multimedia category for "Hooked: One Addict's Story," about a 23-years-old Anchorage women with a steady job and her own home who lost everything to a heroin addiction.All four McClatchy efforts recognized by the 2011 Casey Medals competition also received McClatchy President's Awards earlier this year.
McClatchys series on the woes of U.S. contracting in Afghanistan has won the National Press Club award for diplomatic coverage.The Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence will be awarded to McClatchy on Aug. 10 at the National Press Club's annual dinner.The series, reported by Jonathan S. Landay, Marisa Taylor, Warren P. Strobel and Dion Nissenbaum, detailed how corruption and mismanagement marred U.S. efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.McClatchys reporting revealed that oversight was so flawed that companies responsible for shoddy work continued to be paid and to receive new U.S. contracts.The series identified nearly $200 million in Army Corps of Engineers projects that have failed, face serious delays or resulted in subpar work, hindering the Obama administrations hopes of improving the lives of Afghans and succeeding in the fight against the Taliban.McClatchy also detailed political influence by the Afghan elite that led to the development of two major national assets in Afghanistan: a coal mine and cement factory.Landay and Nissenbaum reported from Afghanistan. Strobel and Taylor reported from McClatchy's Washington bureau, where more than 30 editors and reporters are based.Other winners of the 2011 National Press Club awards include PBS, The Washington Post and The Seattle Times."We are proud to associate ourselves with outstanding journalism, and to remind the public why journalism matters," National Press Club President Mark Hamrick said. "Despite tremendous technological change and continued tumult in our industry, our awards are a celebration of triumph over these challenges."