First-Ever Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

Twenty-three finalists have been announced in seven categories in the first ever Mirror Awards competition honoring excellence in media industry reporting.

The competition drew 140 entries. The media’s top writers, readers and leaders will gather in New York City on June 14 at 11:45 a.m. to fete the winners.

The Mirror Awards, established by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, are the first of their kind. Meredith Vieira, co-anchor of NBC’s morning news program “Today,” will serve as MC of the awards luncheon. Peter Bart, editor-in-chief of Variety, will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

Finalists include:

Best Single Article
•    “Al Jazeera’s Global Mission,” Linda Tischler, Fast Company
•    “Blogs to Riches,” Clive Thompson, New York Magazine
•    “The Day the News Left Town,” Katherine Seelye, The New York Times
•    “Google’s China Problem (And China’s Google Problem),” Clive Thompson, The New York Times Magazine
•    “Dividing Lines: Why Book Industry Sees the World Split Still by Race,” Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, The Wall Street Journal
Best Commentary
•    “The Imperial City,” Kurt Andersen, New York Magazine



•     “The Media Equation,” David Carr, The New York Times



•     “Media Misfires,” Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post


Best Coverage of Breaking Industry News
•    “Why Journalists Risk Their Lives to Cover Iraq,” John M. Higgins and Allison Romano, Broadcasting & Cable
•    “Critics Question Reporter’s Airing of Personal Views,” David Folkenflik, National Public Radio
•    “A Local Newspaper Endures a Stormy Backlash,” Dean Miller, Nieman Reports
Best Profile
•    “Life With Brian,” Rachel Smolkin, American Journalism Review
•    “Mad as Hell: Lou Dobbs’s Populist Crusade,” Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
•    “A Guy Named Craig,” Philip Weiss, New York Magazine
Best Subject-Related Series
•    “Among the Audience: A Survey of New Media,” Andreas Kluth, The Economist
•    “Mixing, Matching and Multi-Media,” Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher
•     “Viacom Coverage,” Brooks Barnes and Matthew Karnitschnig, The Wall Street Journal

Excellence in Media Information Services
•    Benton’s Communication-related Headlines , Benton Foundation
•, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communications
Overall Excellence
•    Three issues of American Journalism Review
•    “Reliable Sources – Turning a Critical Lens on the Media 2006,” CNN
•     “America’s Investigative Reports,” Thirteen/WNET New York

The Mirror Awards Ceremony will be held at W New York, 541 Lexington Ave., New York City. For more information about the Mirror Awards or to reserve a table at the June 14 luncheon, see or contact Catherine Gay Communications at (212) 501-7231 or

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