NE Journalists, Newspapers Honored by Howard Scripps Foundation

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Published in the NENPA e-Bulletin, April 1, 2011:

8 Scripps Howard journalism honors for N.E. recipients

The Boston Globe, The Providence (R.I.) Journal, The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, and Boston University have been honored with national Scripps Howard awards.

The Free Press won the First Amendment Award “for its aggressive editorial stance that made open government a paramount issue in the 2010 elections and spurred reforms.” The Free Press was awarded $10,000 and a trophy.

The Journal was named a finalist in the breaking news category and the Journal’s Froma Harrop was named a finalist in the commentary category.

The Globe’s Peter Canellos and Dante Ramos were finalists in the editorial writing category and the Globe’s James Carroll was named with Harrop as a finalist for the commentary award. Maria Sacchetti of the Globe was a finalist for the human interest writing award.

Caryl Rivers was a finalist for the Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award.

Winners will be honored at a dinner hosted by the Scripps Howard Foundation May 3 in Cincinnati.
The annual awards, given by the Scripps Howard Foundation, honor the best work in the communications industry and in journalism education. There are 18 awards categories total, two related to journalism education and the rest for working journalists and news organizations. Winners will be awarded a total of $185,000. Finalists are runners-up.

Columnist Receives Education Writing Citation

March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Published in the New England Newspaper and Press Assocation’s March 18, 2011 e-bulletin:

Globe’s Jackson wins national education award citation

Derrick Z. Jackson, a columnist for The Boston Globe, has received a special citation from the Education Writers Association for opinion writing.

Jackson’s citation came for columns in the Globe on schools, providing commentary on everything from race issues to sports to budget problems in schools. He has won the opinion award from the Education Writers Association twice: first in 2000 and again in 2002. Jackson was also a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.

The association’s awards recognize the best coverage of education in print and broadcast media.

A total of 59 entries won awards from a pool of 345 nominees in 18 categories. Entries were judged by a panel of 13 teachers, professors and journalists.

The awards, $200 cash for first-prize winners in each category and a grand prize of $1,500, will be given at a luncheon at the Education Writers Association’s 64th National Seminar April 9 in New Orleans.

Press Association Event Preview

February 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

From the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s online bulletin (second one down):

‘Copy editing basics for today’s (multiplatform) newspapers’

James Franklin began his career almost 40 years ago as a copy editor at The Boston Globe, in a much different news-media environment.

Now, as assistant night editor at the Globe, Franklin is responsible for supervising and training editors.

In a presentation scheduled for 3:45 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s winter convention, Franklin and a panel of Boston Globe colleagues will talk about methods for copy editing in today’s newsrooms.

“We’re going to be talking about catches, lack of information, and misinformation,” among other things, Franklin said. “They’re the fundamental work of copy editing.”

Using anecdotes from their experiences, the panelists will discuss what can go wrong in copy editing as well as ways to fix those shortcomings and prevent copy editors from harming a story, Franklin said.

Franklin himself will talk about last-minute corrections.

“You have very little latitude in order to make the fixes,” he said. “Sometimes copy editors make (a problem) worse in trying to fix something.”

Preventing errors while still fixing an initial problem is a fine line to walk, Franklin said. He said he hopes that the session will help copy editors understand potential problems and teach them how to avoid those problems while improving a story overall.

In a second session scheduled for 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, Franklin will lead a discussion on the training of copy editors. In today’s rapidly evolving media environment, it is important to teach an adaptable skill set, Franklin said.

One way to improve training is to have more resources available to New England copy editors, Franklin said. He noted that although the American Copy Editors Association is active in many regions of the country, it is relatively inactive in the Northeast. Franklin said he hopes to discuss how to bring more training resources to the region’s copy editors to help them work in today’s news environment.

“We have to keep the papers at the same level of quality while we focus and spend more time on the electronic products,” Franklin said.

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