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Arizona Reporters Win Socially Conscious Award For Vast Investigation Of Education Tax Credit

Gabrielson.jpgThe Sidney Hillman Foundation has announced the winners for its third monthly Sidney Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Ryan Gabrielson and Michelle Reese of The East Valley Tribune in Phoenix, Ariz. have picked up the $500 prize this month for their 10,000 word series on the widespread abuse of a tax credit intended to widen access to private education in Arizona.

Reese.jpgThe two reporters found, among many, many other things, that abuse of the tax credit system has cost the state $350 million so far and the state’s ability to deliver public services has been impacted.

In April, Gabrielson won different award for his work at the Tribune: the Pulitzer prize, which he shared with colleague Paul Giblin, who had been downsized by the paper before the honor was announced.

The Tribune‘s financial struggles were not lost of Hillman Foundation judge Charles Kaiser. “Although the newspaper has significantly shrunk its staff, it is heartening that the Tribune remains willing to devote so much time and so much space to such an important story,” Kaiser noted in yesterday’s award announcement.

Earlier: Matt Taibbi’s Goldman Sachs Article Wins Socially Conscious Prize

(Photos via the Sidney Foundation)

–by Greg Wasserstrom

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Cronkite To Be Honored At New York Press Club Annual Conference

cronkite2.pngThe New York Press Club is set to convene it’s 17th annual conference at NYU’s Kimmel Center later this month.

The gathering, themed “Hard News in Hard Times,” will see late news legend Walter Cronkite inducted into the organization’s hall of fame and WCBS courts reporter Irene Cornell honored with a prize for outstanding achievement in journalism. David Faber of CNBC will provide the keynote address.

If conferences are your thing and you’re free on Saturday, September 26, you might consider forking over the $50 for non-members ($35 for members, $15 for students.) In addition to the usual fare of how-to’s, there are a number of panels focused in one way or another on the changing media landscape.

A list of panels at the conference after the jump

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WNYC To Switch Classical Music Station WQXR To 105.9 With Carnegie Hall Concert

wnyc-graphic.jpgThe FCC has approved WNYC‘s purchase of classical radio station WQXR from The New York Times Co., the public radio giant announced this morning. The classical radio station will move to a new spot on the dial, 105.9 FM, precisely at 8 pm on October 8. The switchover from Univision, which currently broadcasts at that frequency, will occur live on stage at Carnegie Hall and will be simulcast on WNYC 93.9 FM. Univision will shift its programming to 93.6 96.3 FM.

Classical music fans must have been relieved earlier this year when WNYC, the nation’s largest public radio station, emerged as a buyer for WQXR. They intend to transform the WQXR’s operation into a member-supported station and have launched the $15 million Campaign to Preserve Classic Music Radio in New York City.

“WQXR will operate out of WNYC’s new facilities on Varick Street in Hudson Square and the signal will continue to broadcast from the Empire State Building,” says the press release.

Read the whole thing after the jump.

Earlier: WNYC Buys NYT‘s Classical Music Station

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Bushnell Talks “Broadroom” As New Webisodes Premiere

broadroom6.jpgThe Broadroom“, a Web show collaboration between MORE magazine and Maybelline about women in the workplace from Sex and the City scribe Candace Bushnell, premiered last night on Maybelline.com. We were at the premiere at Fred’s, the eatery inside Barney’s flasgship where Bushnell and the stars of the show, Jennie Garth (“Beverly Hills, 90210″), Jennifer Esposito (“Samantha Who?”), Talia Balsam (“Mad Men”), among others, were all expertly working the red carpet.

After about 45 minutes of meeting and greeting, MORE editor Lesley Jane Seymour took to the podium to welcome everyone and introduce Bushnell. The lady of the hour thanked the various corporate marketing departments that brought “Broadroom” into being: MORE magazine, its parent company the Meredith Corp. and Maybelline. A quick thanks to Ellen Gittelsohn, the shows director, her agent and the cast, and then viewing commenced.

Earlier in the day, we had the opportunity for a quick phone chat about the show with Bushnell and Garth, the show’s leading lady. The interview and, as always, more pictures from the event after the jump.

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London Think Tank IPN Announces Journalism Prize Finalists

bastiat.jpgThe International Policy Network is a think tank based in London whose mission is promote free market solutions to our social ailments. Since 2002, IPN has been doling out the Bastiat Prize for Journalism and they’ve just announced this year’s finalists. And, for the first time this year, IPN had created a new category for online journalists.

The journalists up for the award this year all hail from print media, including Matthew Kaminski of The Wall Street Journal and The Economist‘s Robert Guest. There are three finalists up for the online award: Shikha Dalmia of the Reason Foundation, for her Forbes.com column, Daniel Hannan, U.K. Member of European Parliament and Rohan Samarajiva, for columns written on LankaBusinessOnline.

The award itself is named after Frédéric Bastiat who was, for those of you in need a refresher on 19th century French politics, a philosopher who used satire to explain complex economic principles to the masses. Former winners include former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and economist Milton Friedman. PJ O’Rourke, the conservative humorist and Rolling Stone writer, will bring the star power to this year’s awards dinner, which will take place on October 26 in New York.

Winners of the Bastiat Prize will receive $10,000 and winners on the online prize will get $3,000. Both winners will also be awarded a set of engraved crystal candlesticks, which is a reference to Bastiat’s famous satirical political essay, “A Petition,” IPN said.

A full list of the finalists after the jump

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Hearst Appoints New VP In Digital Media Group

Hearst Magazines announced a new member of the Digital Media group this morning. Mark Weinberg of Travelzoo.com will be joining Hearst as VP of programming and product strategy for the media giant’s online division.

According to the press release, Weinberg’s is a brand new position, “responsible for the strategy and execution of programming for Hearst’s portfolio of digital destinations,” and, of course, to reshape Hearst for the New Media age.

Hearst already owns a number of online properties like shopping community Kaboodle, RealAge, Delish and the recently-announced RealBeauty.com. And Hearst’s women’s, fashion and beauty and teen networks rank in the top 10 of all ad-focused sites in those categories, according to ComScore.

“This is an exceptional time in the world of media, and I am excited to be a part of Hearst’s ambitious and well-conceived plans for growth on the Web,” he said. “I am eager to join this innovative team and continue to develop Hearst’s rich content in various forms for the Web and other platforms.”

Before Travelzoo, Weinberg worked in content development and programming at AOL, served as national managing editor for the Knight Ridder New Media/Real Cities division and spent many years working in editorial for The Dallas Morning News.

Weinberg starts his new job on Monday.

Related: Hearst Capitalizes On Beauty Advertising Market With RealBeauty.com

by Greg Wasserstrom