Newhouse School announces winners in third annual Mirror Awards

By Wendy Loughlin

June 9, 2009

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications today presented six awards at the third annual Mirror Awards luncheon honoring excellence in media industry reporting. The event, emceed by MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer ’96, was held this morning at the Harmonie Club in New York City.

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

Chris Ahearn, president of Reuters Media at Thomson Reuters, and Margaret Carlson, political columnist for Bloomberg News and Washington editor of The Week magazine, presented the awards.

In addition, the school honored Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington with the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Obama for America New Media Department/Blue State Digital with the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence. Nora Ephron, acclaimed essayist, novelist, screenwriter and director, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. The i-3 award was presented by Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and founder and current consultant with Democracy for America, and accepted by Joe Rospars, a founding partner with Blue State Digital, who served as director of new media for the Obama campaign.

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 over 170 entries.

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

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