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With Future Of Media Uncertain, Mirror Awards Honor Journalists Covering Media

mirrors.jpgToday’s Mirror Awards luncheon at the Harmonie Club uptown was swarmed by all manner of media types. Media critics who were nominated for Mirrors like Vanity Fair‘s Michael Wolff, Rachel Sklar of Abrams Research (nominated twice for her work for the Huffington Post) and The New York TimesDavid Carr (who won for best commentary in traditional media) mingled with colleagues and big name presenters, including Howard Dean and Nora Ephron.

The awards, which honor excellence in media reporting, were presented for the third year by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. MSNBC anchor and Newhouse alum Contessa Brewer guided the festivities as emcee, and Chris Ahearn, president of Reuters Media, and Bloomberg political columnist Margaret Carlson presented awards.

Vanity Fair and The New York Times both took home two of the six prizes awarded by a jury of journalists and journalism educators. In addition to Carr, the TimesDavid Barstow won for best in-depth piece in traditional media. VF‘s Seth Mnookin and David Kamp each snagged an award for best single article, for traditional and digital media, respectively.

Rounding out the winners were Ian Parker for best profile, traditional media, for his profile of Times columnist Thomas Freidman for the New Yorker and Clive Thompson for Wired.com took home the award for best commentary in digital media.

Read on for more about our chat with Arianna Huffington (above middle, with her daughter Christina and MSNBC president Phil Griffin)

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We Media 2007: What’s a Journalist, Again?

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Lunchtime at We Media 2007

We’ve gone down to the We Media conference in Florida — not for the weather, but to see a bunch of New Yorkers we haven’t seen in New York recently. The AP’s Jim Kennedy stood up from the auditorium audience and asked folks talking on and with the first panel — about community, about how Big Media don’t get it, about who’s a journalist, anyway, what’s “citizen journalism” — and get on with deciding what we can actually DO about it all. “It’s late in the day,” he told us later. Amen.

One who does seem to be doing something is Lisa Stone, who proudly talked of how her BlogHer women’s network brings together women who are now not just media consumers, but also participants. And about a previous project she did in which lawyers blogged their cases, adding real knowledge to the world because journalists covering the stuff weren’t lawyers and don’t understand it as well.

We also ran into designer Roger Black, Reuters exec Chris Ahearn, New York-based vlogger “Happy Slip,” Lauren Cornell of NY arts org Rhizome, Jan Schafer of DC’s J-lab, Gloria Pan who’s still helping out the We Media folks (even though they’re no longer American Press Institute), Jody Brannon of MSN, Richard Prince of the WashPo and his own “Journal-isms” site on diversity, NPR’s Farai Chideya and a bunch of others.

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