Finalists Announced

Winners will be announced at awards luncheon June 7 in New York City

The Newhouse School today announced the finalists in the fifth annual Mirror Awards competition. The competition drew over 200 entries.

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

Best Single Article, Traditional Media
•    Devin Friedman, “The Viral Me”  (GQ)
•    Gabriel Sherman, “Chasing Fox”  (New York Magazine)
•    Mary Walton, “Investigative Shortfall” (American Journalism Review)

Best Single Article, Digital Media
•    Don Carli, “Is Digital Media Worse For The Environment Than Print?” (PBS)
•    Jim Hopkins, “All Shook Up” (Gannett Blog)
•    Damon Kiesow, “Former Newspaper Photographer Becomes Mobile Social Journalist” (Poynter)
•    Geoff McGhee, “Journalism in the Age of Data” (Stanford)
•    Justin Peters, “Trust Falls” (Columbia Journalism Review)
•    Jonathan Stray, “Play Paywall” (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Best Profile, Traditional Media
•    Ken Auletta, “The Networker” (The New Yorker)
•    Christopher Beam, “A Reasonable Man” (New York Magazine)
•    Raffi Khatchadourian, “No Secrets” (The New Yorker)
•    Ben McGrath, “Search and Destroy” (The New Yorker)
•    Jose Antonio Vargas, “The Face of Facebook” (The New Yorker)

Best Profile, Digital Media
•    Edmund Lee, “Capital New York Plies Tough Market With Earnest Journalism” (Ad Age)
•    Joel Meares, “The Biggest Fish in Albany?” (Columbia Journalism Review)
•    Joel Meares, “Keeping Up with Chuck Todd” (Columbia Journalism Review)

Best Commentary, Traditional Media
•   Eric Alterman (The Nation)
o   “Money For Nothing
o   “Bill Moyers Retires
o   “Party Every Day
•   Bill Minutaglio (Texas Observer)
o   “No Foundation
o   “Borderline Bias
o   “Painful Reminders
•   James Poniewozik (TIME Magazine)
o   “The Myth of Fact
o   “Reality at 10: How It’s Changed Television – and Us
o   “The End of ‘Objectivity‘”
•   James Wolcott (Vanity Fair)
o   “The Norman Conquests
o   “Barbarians at the Shore
o   “The Sound of Sanity

Best Commentary, Digital Media
•    Eric Alterman (Center for American Progress)
o    “Think Again: Kill Me Before I Sing Again
o    “Think Again: Perception, Reality, and Responsibility in the Gulf Oil Spill
o    “Think Again: Just What Exactly is Fox News?
•    Joshua Benton (Nieman Journalism Lab)
o    “Food For Thought: Sontag and Chee On Shrinking the World
o    “Three iPad Design Choices That Will Influence the Way We Read News Online
o    “Crunching Denton’s Ratio: What’s the Return on Paying Sources?
•    Jina Moore (
o    “When Can You Name Rape Victims? Nick Kristof Replies
o    “Should We Tweet Rape?
o    “A Roundup of Ideas on Tweeting Rape
•    Scott Rosenberg (MediaShift Idea Lab – PBS)
o    “Why Can’t Journalists Handle Public Criticism?
o    “Washington Post Caught Napping at Imaginary Intersection
o    “‘Report an Error’ Button Should Be Standard On News Sites
•    Craig Silverman (Columbia Journalism Review)
o    “How WikiLeaks Outsourced the Burden of Verification
o    “Canadian Media in Crisis
o    “Eruption, Interrupted

Best In-depth Piece, Traditional Media
•    Jodi Enda and Priya Kumar, “Retreating From the World” (American Journalism Review)
•    Andrew Rice, “Putting a Price on Words” (New York Times)
•    Danielle Sacks, “The Future of Advertising” (Fast Company)
•    Mary Van de Kamp Nohl, “Paper Money” (Milwaukee Magazine)

The awards ceremony will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York City. Information about sponsorship levels and registration is available online.

In addition to the juried awards, two special awards will be presented: the Fred Dressler Achievement Award to Comcast chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts, and the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence to Foursquare co-founders Dennis Crowley ’98 and Naveen Selvadurai.

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.

For more information, contact Jean Brooks at (315) 443-5711 or For press inquiries, contact Wendy Loughlin at (315) 443-2785 or