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Judy Woodruff Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

JW.jpgWashington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has announced that PBS’s Judy Woodruff is the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award winner in Television.

NPR’s Deborah Amos has been named the Radio honoree.

“Judy and Deborah embody the Murrow standards of ethics, responsibility, and journalistic courage,” says Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the College.

The awards will be bestowed April 20 at the 36th annual Edward R. Murrow Symposium on campus. Legendary CBS newsman Murrow was a Washington State alumnus.

A new honor, for Media Entrepreneurship, will be given to ProPublica, the independent, non-profit, investigative journalism organization.

Steve Kroft To Receive Paul White Award

Kroft Steve.jpgCBS’s Steve Kroft has been named the 2010 Paul White Award winner by The Radio Television Digital News Association (formerly The Radio and Television News Directors Association). Kroft will receive the award April 12 in Las Vegas, during the RTDNA annual convention.

“Steve Kroft’s practice of our craft stands as a benchmark providing substance, depth, public service and thoughtful style,” said Ed Esposito, chairman of the award committee, in a press release.

Previous Paul White Award winners include Bob Schieffer, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, and Edward R. Murrow.

Earlier: Steve Kroft, Matt Lauer Honored

More: CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus‘ email to staff, after the jump…

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Bill Maher Responds to Sean Hannity

maher_5-26.bmpYou may have been memorializing on Sunday (or just on the beach) so here’s your Reliable Sources update:

Howard Kurtz led a panel discussion on cable news’s prime time partisanship. “President Obama is routinely bashed on Fox News Channel and just as routinely defended on MSNBC, where the Republicans are often portrayed as the villains,” said Kurtz. And of his own network: “CNN, by and large, tries to play things down the middle, with liberal and conservative guests taking each other on.”

Baltimore Sun columnist David Zurawik, who described Keith Olbermann as “a cartoon version of Edward R. Murrow,” said, “That model works for MSNBC and Fox because they don’t have to cover news when they don’t want to.”

“This is not good for society,” addeds Lauren Ashburn of USA Today Live.

Later in the show Kurtz interviewed HBO host Bill Maher, who talked about his audience as the “limousine liberal crowd.” Maher then responded to comments made by FNC hosts Sean Hannity and Greg Gutfeld about him. (Maher had to be told who Gutfeld was, first.)

Click continued to see Sunday’s show (with the cable network conversation at 11:45 and Maher interview at 24:00)…

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Thomas, Schieffer Honored with Murrow Award

Washington, D.C. veteran reporters Helen Thomas and Bob Schieffer have been named recipients of the 2009 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thomas remains on the beat at the White House covering her 10th presidential administration. Schieffer is moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation and the network’s chief Washington correspondent. The Murrow committee says Thomas and Schieffer are being recognized for representing “the best of the Murrow legacy: exceptional achievement in communication and a responsible, ethical, productive career.”

They will receive the award Tuesday, April 7, at the Washington State University Campus, where they will co-keynote this year’s Murrow Symposium.

The legendary CBS Newsman, Edward R. Murrow, graduated from Washington State in 1930. He moved to New York, joining CBS in 1935.

Who’s Missing From Rooney’s List?

rooney_11-24.jpgTV Week’s Michele Greppi writes in this week’s “The Insider” about a tvnewser noticeably absent in Andy Rooney‘s essay last Sunday on 60 Minutes.

When Rooney gave his list of people who made TV news “good and reliable,” Rooney lists Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings. Not listed — Rooney’s former colleague, Dan Rather.

Writes Greppi:

The Insider wishes she could report whether that omission was merely underscoring what CBS News insiders say is Mr. Rooney’s longstanding distaste for Mr. Rather, or whether the omission was a judicious move, given that Mr. Rather is putting CBS News through the legal wringer. But her request for a conversation with Mr. Rooney was met with an official statement that “Andy Rooney’s essay last night speaks for itself.”

“He’s Young and Smart and Hot, With a Jones For Dangerous Assignments”

cooper_10-24.jpgCNN anchor Anderson Cooper is profiled in a lengthy, wide-ranging profile in this month’s Elle Magazine by Lisa DePaulo.

The interview touches on many areas of Cooper’s life and his reporting at CNN, and how he balances the pre-fame fame with his current standing in the media.

He talks about the “feud” with Greta Van Susteren (“The idea of it, I guess, is that it boosts your ratings and stuff, but it seems like a waste of time to me. I honestly wish her nothing but, you know, happiness.”), his last vacation (“There was that trip to Colombia that was supposed to be a vacation, but all he could think of when he got there was doing stories on drug trafficking.”) and the “fanciest item” he owns (a Rolex).

Here’s a part of the introduction:

He is our generation’s Edward R. Murrow; that is, if Murrow were this good-looking and had lived in a world with Gawker and TMZ. This is not just because of Cooper’s exacting standards of journalism — hard work, legwork, no-divaness. He’s a purist, really — like Murrow, his delivery and choice of topics are often fueled by a measured sense of moral outrage. Murrow’s anger over Vietnam and Joe McCarthy Red-baiting is Cooper’s anger over Katrina and world famine. Cooper never gets hysterical, like some of the other cable stars, but you know when he’s pissed. There’s a little bit of righteous anger that’s damn sexy. He’s the Thinking Woman’s Newsman.

> Update: TVNewser hears Elle is issuing a correction in print next month because the article read “For the past two ratings quarters, he’s had the No. 1 news show at 10 p.m. — beating Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record.” AC 360 was #1 in the A25-54 demo during the first and second quarter of 2008, not the third.

(image courtesy of Elle Magazine)

The Original Media Critic

Long before there were newspaper critics or even blogs, including this one, to keep a critical eye on the media, there was Don Hollenbeck.

In 1947 Hollenbeck began anchoring “CBS Views the Press.” The broadcast was the idea of his boss, legendary CBS Newsman Edward R. Murrow. The NYTimes’ Elizabeth Jensen writes that the show was to be “a 15-minute weekly appraisal of the reporting being done by newspapers.”

But, Jensen writes, Hollenbeck also “criticized broadcasters for not going after inaccurate reporting in newspapers and magazines, which he said were ‘the only instruments of mass communication which remain free from sustained and regular critical comment.’”

The show would last four years. Hollenbeck, featured in the film Good Night and Good Luck, ended his own life in 1954. Jensen writes that “Hollenbeck is most often portrayed as a tragic victim of news media criticism run amok.” Now, two new books explore Hollenbeck’s life and his work that should paint a broader picture of a newsman who kept a critical eye on news reporting.