Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I have won a Mirror Award for media coverage

[Awards were presented today at New York's Plaza Hotel ballroom]

Syracuse University announced today that it had given me a Mirror Award, which the New York school bills as the top awards for excellence in media industry reporting.

I won for Best Single Article in Digital Media, for my December post about the Freedom Forum foundation's extraordinary overspending on its signature project: the Newseum, a museum about news history in Washington. The non-profit Freedom Forum, launched in 1991 with $650 million in Gannett stock, was the original Gannett Foundation.

Last week, Freedom Forum announced a new CEO and president, James Duff -- only the second chief executive in its history. He will replace Charles Overby this summer.

Overall, there were 30 Mirror Award finalists in seven categories. The competition drew more than 200 entries. Other winners today included Ken Auletta of The New Yorker and James Wolcott of Vanity Fair.

Also, the school gave Comcast Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts its Fred Dressler Achievement Award, and Foursquare co-founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai, its i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence.

The awards were announced at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Now in their fifth year, they're sponsored by Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

[Photo: Syracuse University]

45 comments:

  1. Well deserved. I find this the most effective blog I have ever read on a newpaper company, and I suspect those in the higher ranks of GCI really feel the same way.

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  2. Congratulations, Jim. I hope there was a cash award along with that. Or at least round-trip travel to NY and a couple of nights in the Plaza. Keep it up. People are noticing.

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  3. Jim, congratulations. Your hard work is noticed and appreciated by those outside of your blog readership. Thanks for what you have done and are doing.

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  4. Fantastic. Just what corporate wants, some more recognition going Jim's way. Keep up the good work.

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  5. Congrats Jim. Never let the bastards get you down!

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  6. Congratulations. That was an excellent piece that everyone could tell you put a lot of effort into. Let's hope it makes it worth it to know your work is appreciated even if morons post unwarranted personal things about you on your blog. You are doing a good service even though there are many who bring your blog down with stupid comments, crazy gossip, wild guesses and inuendos.

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  7. Since my job elimintion, this blog has been resourceful, useful and helpful. It helps me feel that I am not alone in my disgust with the way this company is going down a slippery slope. Thanks, Jim.

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  8. Very well deserved Jim!

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  9. Great job...hope every reader of this blog sends you at least $5 this quarter. I will.

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  10. I told the audience of perhaps 250 guests that my readers risk their jobs every day to help me do the work for which the judges honored me. So, I thank you all!

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  11. Jim, you do an excellent job reporting on the Freedom Forum. And your tone and moderating of comments on the blog has gotten better.
    Wish the character attacks and rumors from ohters would diminish, as they just distract. But they may never happen.

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  12. Way to go!

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  13. Nice going, Jim. Don't always agree with the blog/or the posts, but it is a great service and highly addictive.

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  14. Wow! A really prestigious event. Just went to the website. Congrats.

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  15. I just read the piece for the first time. Very impressive reporting.

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  16. Congratulations, and well-deserved. Keep up the good work.

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  17. NOW who says your blog is not an exemplar? Congratulations, Jim.

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  18. Congratulations, Jim, on this well-deserved and remarkable validation of your work.

    When you went away and left that -30- on the beach, it was very sad. I'm glad you returned.

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  19. Well done!

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  20. You work hard, Jim, and it's appreciated.
    Congrats and onward!

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  21. Congrats, Jim. Validation isn't necessary, but it's nice. Your work is appreciated by many.

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  22. Thanks for Jim! Yes, there is a lot junk on the blog but for most employees, its our source of information since management keeps up in the dark.

    I hope people donate!

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  23. Congratulations Jim - you were in fine company, and its well deserved.

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  24. Great award for great work. Congratulations.

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  25. The other winners wrote some very interesting stories, as well. Everyone should read. Nice to see. Congratulations. Enjoy New York!

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  26. That's fantastic news, Jim! Congratulations on winning this award!

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  27. Jim,

    Way to go! Your work has been substantially more valuable to me than the $20/year than my much reduced Gannett pay allows.

    The value of a "heads-up" can't be overestimated.

    Congratulations!!

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  29. Congratulations, Jim. Unlike some myopics here, the judges evidently see the value and relevance of reporting on FF to a Gannett-focused blog.

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  30. A excuse me, he won for a great story about the FF. It has nothing to do with Gannett no matter how hard you try to connect some 20 year old dots. Gannett Blog is about Gannett. So some Toids went to work at Big Al's private bank account. What's next an in-depth story on My Space?

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  31. Congrats Jim!
    You deserve it!

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  32. Congratulations Jim. Well-deserved recognition. This calls for a donation celebration!

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  33. Anyone who thinks this is some minor thing, here are all the winners. You should be really proud, jim:

    Winners of Newhouse School’s Mirror Awards named

    Jim Romenesko June 7, 2011 1:41 pm
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    The awards honor excellence in media industry reporting. The winners are:
    • Best Single Article, Traditional Media: Gabriel Sherman, “Chasing Fox” (New York Magazine)
    • Best Single Article, Digital Media: Jim Hopkins, “All Shook Up” (Gannett Blog)
    • Best Profile, Traditional Media: Ken Auletta, “The Networker” (The New Yorker)
    • Best Profile, Digital Media: Joel Meares, “The Biggest Fish in Albany?” (Columbia Journalism Review)
    • Best Commentary, Traditional Media: James Wolcott, (Vanity Fair)
    • Best Commentary, Digital Media: Eric Alterman, (Center for American Progress)
    • Best In-depth Piece, Traditional Media: Mary Van de Kamp Nohl, “Paper Money” (Milwaukee Magazine)

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  34. I'm sure Jim would rather, for many reasons, have won this:

    Four young journalists win $10,000 Livingston Awards

    But still. Congrats, old man!!

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  35. Congratulations for a job well done.

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  36. Congratulations from Wisconsin!

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  37. Well deserved, Jim. You exposed what should be the shame of G A N N E T T's greedy culture.

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  38. WELL DESERVED JIM. GANNET BRANDS HAS LOWER THE BAR WITH SHAMEFULNESS GREED AND BAD EXAMPLES IN BUSINESS PRACTICES AND BEING PRAGMATIC.

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  39. 7:36 knows about lowering the bar, based on the quality of that post.

    Don't start with the "we're not all writers" responses, lemming trolls. Those are sad.

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  40. Congrats from NJ!!!

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  41. Jim grants freedom to rats each night, and they go out and spread the Hopkins hantavirus.

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  42. from the crows nest of the Titanic6/09/2011 9:31 AM

    A job well done for good, in depth reporting and research, the kind that, once upon a time, Gannett was known for until greed was valued more than a quality product.
    From those of us left at Gannett, toiling in the engine room of the Titanic, we thank you for the blog and your work.

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