And The Winner Is….

The media’s top writers, readers and leaders gathered this week at W New York in New York City to honor seven winners in the first annual Mirror Awards Competition. The awards, established by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, recognize excellence in media industry reporting. The competition drew 140 entries.

Winners include:


  • Best Single Article: “Blogs to Riches,” Clive Thompson, New York Magazine
  • Best Profile: “A Guy Named Craig,” Philip Weiss, New York Magazine
  • Best Commentary: “The Media Equation,” David Carr, The New York Times
  • Best Coverage of Breaking Industry News: “A Local Newspaper Endures a Stormy Backlash,” Dean Miller, Nieman Reports
  • Best Subject-Related Series: “Among the Audience: A Survey of New Media,” Andreas Kluth, The Economist


  • Excellence in Media Information Services:, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Overall Excellence: American Journalism Review

Peter Bart, editor-in-chief of Variety, received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. He was introduced by columnist and author Liz Smith. Meredith Vieira, co-anchor of the NBC morning news program Today, emceed the event. Luncheon committee co-chairs for the event included Rob Light, partner, Creative Artists; Judy McGrath, chairman and CEO, MTV Networks; Ron Meyer, president and COO, Universal Studios; Aaron Sorkin, writer; and Jeff Zucker, president and CEO, NBC Universal.

The event was underwritten by several corporations in the media industry, including members of the Mirror Premier Circle: Advance Publications Inc.; Condé Nast Publications; Discovery Communications Inc.; NBC Universal; Reed Business Information; Time Warner Cable; and Variety.

More information about the Mirror Awards, including downloadable photographs from the luncheon, is available online at