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Scripps Howard Foundation names judges for annual journalism awards

Feb. 12, 2007

CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation has announced the names of 46 journalists, media professionals and educators who will judge this year's National Journalism Awards competition.

The awards program honors excellence in 17 print, electronic and journalism education categories.

A total of $195,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for the best work of 2006 during a dinner at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Friday, April 20.

Judging of the National Journalism Awards will be in the following categories:

Editorial writing; human interest writing; environmental and public service reporting; investigative reporting; business/economics reporting; Washington-based reporting; commentary; photojournalism; radio and television journalism; college cartooning; Web reporting; and editorial cartooning. The awards also honor distinguished service to journalism education and the First Amendment.

Competition rules and a listing of categories are available on the Scripps Howard Foundation's Web site at The deadline for entries was Jan. 31.

The names of the winners of the National Journalism Awards will be announced Friday, March 9, and posted on the Foundation's Web site.

"The Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Awards are among the most coveted in our profession largely because of the quality of the judging," said Judith G. Clabes, the Foundation's president and chief executive officer. "Each year we assemble a panel of respected journalism professionals to review hundreds of entries from across the country. They set a high standard of journalistic excellence by bringing a distinguished level of expertise and care to the judging process."

Following are judges for this year's awards:

Ronnie Agnew, executive editor, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.; Tim Archuleta, editor, San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times; Beth E. Barnes, director, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, University of Kentucky; Lucy Bartholomay, deputy managing editor/design and photography, The Boston Globe; J. Bruce Baumann, editor, Evansville (Ind.) Courier and Press; and Jose Luis Benavides, director of the Center for Ethnic and Alternative Media, and assistant professor, California State University, Northridge.

Mary Kay Blake, senior vice president, partnerships and human resources, The Freedom Forum; Lorraine E. Branham, director and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin; Jeff Bruce, editor, Dayton (Ohio) Daily News; Sherry Chisenhall, editor and vice president/news, The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle; Colin Crawford, assistant managing editor of photography, Los Angeles Times; and Phil Currie, senior vice president/news, newspaper division, Gannett.

Susan C. Deans, senior editor, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.; Jon Dube, editorial director, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.; Howard I. Finberg, director, interactive learning, The Poynter Institute/NewsU; Josh Friedman, director, international programs, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Jon Funabiki, professor, Journalism Department, San Francisco State University; and John Maxwell Hamilton, dean and Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor, Manship School of Mass Communications, Louisiana State University.

Thomas S. Hodson, director, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University; Alan M. Horton, chairman, Scripps Howard Foundation and retired senior vice president/newspapers, The E.W. Scripps Company; Kenneth F. Irby, visual journalism group leader and diversity director, The Poynter Institute; Mike Jenner, executive editor, The Bakersfield Californian; Timothy M. Kelly, president and publisher, The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; and Thomas Kunkel, dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.

Pamela Luecke, Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism, Washington & Lee University; Ben Marrison, editor, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch; Julie Moos, editor, Poynter Publications, The Poynter Institute; Robert M. O'Neil, professor of law, University of Virginia and director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression; Beth Parke, executive director, Society of Environmental Journalists; and Sara Quinn, visual journalism faculty, The Poynter Institute.

Ted Rall, acquisitions & development editor, United Media, syndicated editorial cartoonist; Jenny E. Robb, associate curator, Cartoon Research Library, The Ohio State University; Rick Rodriguez, executive editor and senior vice president, The Sacramento Bee; Ron Royhab, executive editor and vice president, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio; and Neil Santaniello, instructor, School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and director, Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment, Florida Atlantic University.

Mike Silverman, vice president and managing editor, The Associated Press; Dow Smith, associate professor, broadcast journalism, Syracuse University; Jay Smith, president, Cox Newspapers; Paul C. Tash, editor, CEO and chairman, St. Petersburg Times; John Temple, editor, president & publisher, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo.; and Matt Thompson, deputy editor, Interactive Media, Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Stan Tiner, vice president/executive editor, Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.; Al Tompkins, group leader/broadcast and online, The Poynter Institute; Carroll P. Wilson, editor, Wichita Falls (Texas) Times Record News; Lisa Klem Wilson, senior vice president/general manager, United Media; and Greg Zoerb, news director, WHP-TV, Harrisburg, Pa.

Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes.