Mirror Award Winners Announced

June 24, 2008

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications presented five awards at the second annual Mirror Awards luncheon honoring excellence in media industry reporting. The event, emceed by comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz, was held Monday, June 23, at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

The winners, chosen by a group of journalists and journalism educators, are:

•    Best Investigative Piece: “News War,” Frontline, (PBS)
•    Best Profile: Jeff Coplon, “How Race is Lived in America,” New York Magazine
•    Best Commentary: Joe Nocera, The New York Times
•    Best Single Article: Ken Auletta, “Promises, Promises,” The New Yorker
•    Overall Excellence: The New York Times: Monday Media section

Margaret Carlson, political columnist for Bloomberg News and Washington editor of The Week magazine, presented the awards.

The Newhouse School also honored late political journalist Tim Russert with the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award, with NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams speaking on Russert’s behalf. Before his death on June 13, Russert was scheduled to attend the Mirror Awards luncheon to accept the award.

In addition, CNN and YouTube received the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence in recognition of last year’s CNN/YouTube debates. The award was presented by John Roberts, anchor of CNN’s American Morning, and accepted by David Bohrman, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for CNN, and Steve Grove, director of News & Politics for YouTube.

The Mirror Awards, established by the Newhouse School in 2006, honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit. Honorees are recognized for news judgment and command of craft in reporting, analysis and commentary on developments in the media industry and its role in our economy, culture and democracy. This year’s competition drew more than 100 entries.

More information about the Mirror Awards, including downloadable photographs from the luncheon, is available online at http://mirrorawards.syr.edu or by contacting Wendy Loughlin at (315) 412-4522 or wsloughl@syr.edu.