Awards and prizes

Lucky Peach gets five James Beard Awards

James Beard Awards

The food quarterly Lucky Peach got five James Beard Awards Friday night.

The magazine, which is no longer published by McSweeney’s, won for John Birdsall’s essay “America, Your Food Is So Gay,” Lisa Hanawalt’s “On the Trail with Wylie,” John Jeremiah Sullivan’s “I Placed a Jar in Tennessee,” Fuchsia Dunlop’s “Dick Soup” and Francis Lam’s “A Day on Long Island with Alex Lee.”

Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow also got an award for his series about food stamps. The work won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting last month. (While speaking to his newsroom about the award, Saslow said sources on stories like these are “the ones who take the huge risk.”)

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AP wins SPJ award for public service, Boston Globe for deadline reporting

Society of Professional Journalists

Rebecca Boone of The Associated Press received the Society of Professional Journalists’ public service award for coverage of the Idaho prison system and The Boston Globe staff won deadline reporting honors for its stories on the Boston Marathon bombings, SPJ announced Wednesday.

Also winning in the online investigative reporting category (affiliated) were ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity journalists Matt Mosk, Chris Hamby, Lee Ferran and Brian Ross. ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity are feuding over the sharing of a Pulitzer, which CPI’s Chris Hamby alone won on Monday.

Judges selected 85 winners from 1,800 entries covering a range of media, including newspapers/wire services, magazines, online, television and radio. Read more


Guardian staffers win top IRE prize for NSA series


The Investigative Reporters & Editors medal for 2014 goes to Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and others for the Guardian’s reports on the NSA, which “revealed a story that continues to reverberate in the United States and across the globe,” the judges say. (Greenwald and Poitras now work for Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media.)

ProPublica got a FOI Award for its series on revelations from government drug data.

In broadcast, New Orleans’ WVUE won for its “Body of Evidence” series, Los Angeles’ KNBC won for an investigation into bus safety and CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting won for their series on fraud at rehab clinics.

Swedish Radio beat stories by NPR, CIR and Minnesota Public Radio with a story that sounds like the plot of a Stieg Larsson novel but is, shockingly, true. Read more


Mirror Awards finalists announced

Syracuse University

The 2014 Mirror Awards, which honor media industry reporting, announced their finalists Tuesday. Winners will be announced June 4.

Poynter’s Kristen Hare is a finalist in the Best Single Article – Digital Media category, for her story last November about how the Toronto Star reported on Rob Ford. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple is a finalist in that category, too, for his piece the same month about Politico’s Mike Allen.

Mimi Chakarova’s story in Vice of posing as a prostitute in a Turkish brothel is nominated in the Best Single Story – Radio, Television, Cable or Online Broadcast Media category. Carrie Ching, who produced that story, told Poynter she’d begun a series of journalist “confessions” because she’d “heard so many stories from colleagues, personal stories that just weren’t being told.”

Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey’s story in Deadspin of Manti Te’o’s fictional girlfriend is among the finalists for the John M. Read more


The Verge, Modern Farmer get their first National Magazine Award nominations


The American Society of Magazine Editors announced finalists for its 2014 National Magazine Awards Thursday. Among the usual suspects (New York got nine nominations, and National Geographic, Wired and The New Yorker each got six) were some newcomers: The Verge got a nomination for the video that accompanied its story about Carmen Tarleton, who received a face transplant.

Katie Drummond, then The Verge’s science editor and now its assistant managing editor, talked with Poynter last year about creating the visuals for that story. “When you’re telling the intimate story of someone who’s been through such inconceivable challenges,” Drummond said, “it becomes even more important to accurately and sensitively capture who they are and what they’ve been through.”

Modern Farmer also got its first nomination, for General Excellence in the Special Interest Magazines category. Read more


Boston Globe, Wash Post among winners of ASNE best of 2013 awards

American Society of News Editors

The Boston Globe won ASNE’s breaking news writing award for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, ASNE announced Thursday.

The ASNE said in a release:

“Judges appreciated how thoroughly and honestly the Globe reported what it knew and what it did not about suspects and potential motives without speculating or giving undo credence to unverified rumors and theories. Stories were tightly written and edited, packed with information and context about the tragedy. Every quote mattered.

“Poignant stories, gathered and written within hours of the blasts, captured the human toll as doctors at the city’s famous research hospitals dealt with catastrophic war zone injuries for the first time in their lives while a mother waited for a son to come out of surgery after losing his leg — the second of her children to have a leg amputated that night.”

Associated Press reporter Alberto Arce won the ASNE Batten Medal for his work covering the strife in Honduras. Read more

Cover of "Secrets to Prize-Winning Journalism" (The Poynter Institute)

Learning from prize-winning journalism: tips for executing an investigative journalism project

In Poynter’s new e-book, “Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism,” we highlight and examine 10 award-winning works from 2013 through interviews with their creators. Starting with the “secrets” shared by reporters and editors, we’ve extracted some great lessons on producing outstanding journalism.

In the first installment, we explored lessons for covering breaking news stories based on The Denver Post’s coverage of the Aurora theater shootings.

In this our second installment, we share tips for executing an investigative journalism project based on the Chicago Tribune series “Playing with Fire,” which earned a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Public Service Reporting, Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalism, Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, National Headliner Award, Gerald Loeb Award, and Pulitzer Prize finalist honor. Read more

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Ken Hackman, Mickey Osterreicher get NPPA awards


The National Press Photographers Association announced Ken Hackman and Mickey H. Osterreicher as the winners of their Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award on Friday.

The 2013 Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award winners are Ken Hackman, known by many as “The Godfather” of military photojournalism and the longtime director of the Military Photographer of the Year program, and Mickey H. Osterreicher, NPPA’s general counsel who was a veteran newspaper and television photographer in Buffalo, NY, before he discovered his passion for protecting the legal rights of visual journalists.

The award, which was first established in 1949, “recognizes individuals who advance and elevate photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, and skill, or for unusual service or achievement beneficial to photojournalism and technological advances.” Read more


Livingston Awards for young journalists expanding digital efforts

Journalists 34 years old and younger have until Feb. 1 to apply for the Livingston Awards recognizing excellence in journalism, which are now expanding in an effort to attract more submissions from those practicing digital journalism.

“At a moment when journalism has something of an image problem, the Livingstons should also showcase annual examples of why that could and should change,” said Livingston Awards founder and director Charles Eisendrath in a prepared release.

The Knight Foundation, which supports the annual awards, is contributing $450,000 in additional funding to expand the program’s digital-media efforts and outreach. The University of Michigan will match the amount, further providing “time for the prestigious awards to build a permanent endowment,” the release states. Read more

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ESPN wins duPont-Columbia award for football investigation

Columbia University

ESPN’s critical look at youth football “Outside the Lines: Youth Football Concerns” was among the winners of the 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, which were announced Wednesday. From the awards list:

This important investigation added to the growing body of coverage about concussions and football with stories that graphically illustrated the problems and featured exclusive interviews with those involved in the controversies. ESPN’s reporting had an impact by identifying abuses and policy gaps as well as prompting an 18-month police investigation into corruption and gambling.

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