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Society of Professional Journalists Announces Sunshine Award Recipients

SPJThe Society of Professional Journalists today announced the recipients of its Sunshine Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to open government. To be recognized at the SPJ President’s Installation Banquet at Excellence in Journalism 2014 on Sept. 6, 2014 will be The Guardian US, the Center for Public Integrity, Robert Freeman and Kathryn Foxhall.

In it’s announcement, SPJ highlighted The Guardian US’s efforts, with Edward Snowden, to expose the work of NSA; Freeman’s commitment to ‘educating any who ask for his help in regards to freedom of information laws;’ CPI’s Consider the Source, which examined campaign finance records; and Foxhall’s ‘dedication and passion for opening the federal government.’

For more on the recipients and the work for which they were chosen, the awards, and SPJ, click here.

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Former CBS Washington Bureau Chief Bill Small to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

cropped-cropped-cropped-Logo-Revert-011Nominees for the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and former CBS Washington bureau chief William J. Small is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Small served as CBS’s DC bureau chief from 1962-1974, later serving as president of NBC News.

Bill Small is an icon in the television news industry,” said Chuck Dages, chairman of the NATAS. “As Bureau Chief of the CBS Washington News office throughout the 60′s and 70′s, he was paramount in the dramatic evolution of network news that continues today. Recruiting the likes of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Bill Moyers, Ed Bradley, Diane Sawyer and Lesley Stahl among many others, he changed not only who we watched each evening but how.”

PBS leads with 43 Emmy nominations, followed by CBS with 42, ABC with 19 and NBC with 13. The Military Channel and the Smithsonian each received one nomination.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at Lincoln Center in New York City.

For a full list of nominees, click here.

Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

2014 Primetime Emmy Nominees Include Past Winners Claire Danes and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

59th_Primetime_Emmys_logo-2Nominees for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, with “Washington (or its television portrayal)” represented quite nicely.

2013 winner Claire Danes for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series is again nominated as Carrie Mathison on “Homeland” against Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on “House Of Cards” and GW grad Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal.” Kevin Spacey was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his portrayal of Francis Underwood on “House Of Cards.” Read more

POLITICO’s Women Rule Series Announces 2014 ‘Women Who Rule’ Awards

WomenRuleLogoLowResPOLITICO, Google, and the Tory Burch Foundation’s “Women Rule” series on Tuesday announced its 2014 “Women Who Rule” awards to recognize women who are leading change in policy, politics, and their communities in unique and innovative ways.

The awards will honor three women who have led quantifiable change in media, technology, and business as well an under 30 female leader recipient.

“We designed the awards to acknowledge and celebrate women leveraging their power to create change across the country,” said Kim Kingsley, chief operating officer for POLITICO. She went on to say that the awards offer an opportunity to engage more women who are making a difference.

Award recipients will be acknowledged in DC later this year and nominations will be accepted through October 17, 2014.

Nancy Pelosi Recipient of Award from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

EGPAF6-24-7116Last night at the Newseum, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received the Congressional Global Champion Award for Longstanding Commitment to an AIDS-free Future from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

“There’s nothing like the determination of a mother,” said Pelosi. “When [Elizabeth Glaser] died we lost a champion, but her legacy lives on. She made a difference in the world. We are going to continue this fight until no child has AIDS.”

Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate for those infected with and affected by HIV since the beginning of the epidemic and her commitment has been critical in advancing the fight against the disease, seeing firsthand how research, public policies, and communities can act together to make real, lifesaving change.

WJLA anchor Alison Starling hosted the evening with a performance by percussive dance group Step Afrika.

Other notables in attendance: Charles Lyons, president and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs, Toyota; and Jake Glaser, ambassador, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

More than $850,000 Earned Inside the Beltway by Knight News Challenge Recipients

93a7f5df-a232-46b2-8ff8-0df935179202On Monday, the Knight Foundation announced the recipients of the Knight News Challenge, several of whom are located inside the Beltway. In total, the foundation – in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Mozilla Foundation – awarded $3,466,000 to 19 winners who best answered ‘How to strengthen the internet for free expression and innovation?’

Winning themes fell into three categories, including Access, Transparency, and Safety. In the category of Transparency, the New America Foundation was the recipient of two awards valued $350,000 and $300,000. The Journalism Development Network won $200,000 for its Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Salak Telesytems’ Poking the Bear project was one of 10 recipients of inaugural prototype funding of $35,000.

For a full list of winners, click on over to the Knight Blog.

The Institute on Political Journalism Presents 19th Annual Journalism Awards

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

At this morning’s Institute on Political Journalism Awards at the National Press Club, reporters from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Bloomberg News received the top awards from The Fund for American Studies – a DC-based education non-profit – for the second year in a row. Student reporters from The GW Hatchet and The Daily Pennsylvanian were recipients in the college category.

The 2014 Excellence in Economic Reporting Award was presented to a team of reporters from Bloomberg News for their seven-part series on the brave new world of “Big Data” software services. The report was lead by Aki Ito with Jeff Kearns, Craig Torres and Ilan Kolet and presented by John Merline, senior writer for Investor’s Business Daily.
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WSJ Potomac Watch Columnist Kimberley Strassel Recipient of $250k Bradley Prize

Kim StrasselWednesday night at the Kennedy Center, Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Potomac Watch columnist Kimberley A. Strassel received one of four 2014 Bradley Prizes – with a stipend of $250,000 – at the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s eleventh annual awards ceremony. WaPo columnist George Will served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

The conservative organization supports strengthening American foundations and selected award recipients among 200 nominees who “set the standard in their respective fields,” according to President and CEO Michael Grebe. Read more

BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings Remembered One Year After Car Crash

heres-the-late-michael-hastings-10-essential-tips-for-young-journalistsToday marks the one year anniversary since BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles. The former Rolling Stone contributing editor‘s novel The Last Magazine was posthumously published this week by Blue Rider Press.

The highly regarded journalist was the recipient of a George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, published June 22, 2010. Two years later, Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone about Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, asking whether the Pentagon would leave him behind. Eleven days before his death, he penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed on “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”

Click on over to the Post for James Rosen‘s review of The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings, and to BuzzFeed, for an excerpt of the book.

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