Mirror Awards

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Mirror Awards
Awarded for Excellence in media industry reporting
Country United States
Presented by S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
First awarded 2006
Official website http://mirrorawards.com

The Mirror Awards are annual journalism awards recognizing the work of writers, reporters, editors and organizations who cover the media industry.[1] The awards were established by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2006.[2]

Awards categories have varied slightly from year to year. In 2012, categories included:

• Best Single Article, Traditional/Legacy Media
• Best Single Article, Digital Media
• Best Profile, Traditional/Legacy Media
• Best Profile, Digital Media
• Best Commentary, Traditional/Legacy Media
• Best Commentary, Digital Media
John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting[1]

John M. Higgins Award[edit]

The Higgins Award was established by the Newhouse School in 2012 to honor the late Broadcasting & Cable business editor, who died in 2006.[3] The award is supported by a financial gift from Discovery Communications and Time Warner Cable and carries a $5,000 cash prize. Each of the remaining awards carries a $1,000 cash prize.[4]

Awards Ceremony[edit]

Winners are honored at an awards ceremony in New York City each June. Ceremony emcees have included Meredith Vieira (2007);[5] Andy Borowitz (2008);[6] Newhouse alumna Contessa Brewer '96 (2009);[7] Katie Couric (2010);[8] Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (2011);[9] and Anderson Cooper (2012).[10] Since 2010, the ceremony has been held at The Plaza Hotel.

Special Awards[edit]

The awards ceremony also includes the presentation of two special awards: the Fred Dressler Leadership Award, named for the late cable executive and former chair of the Newhouse Advisory Board, which is given to individuals or organizations that have made distinct, consistent and unique contributions to the public’s understanding of the media; and the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence, which is given to individuals or organizations that have made a profound impact on the media landscape or have captured the public’s imagination about the potential or importance of the media in a unique way.[11] Recipients of the Dressler Award have included Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast (2011); Bloomberg L.P. (2010); Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post (2009); political journalist Tim Russert (posthumously, 2008); and Peter Bart, editor-in-chief of Variety (2007).[11] Recipients of the i-3 award have included John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (2012); Newhouse alumnus Dennis Crowley ’98 and Naveen Selvadurai, co-founders of Foursquare (2011); Twitter (2010); Obama for America New Media Department/Blue State Digital (2009); and CNN/YouTube (2008).[12]

Award Winners[edit]

2007[13]
American Journalism Review
HealthNewsReview.org, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication
David Carr, The New York Times
Andreas Kluth, The Economist
Dean Miller, Nieman Reports
Clive Thompson, New York Magazine
Philip Weiss, New York magazine

2008[14]
Frontline, PBS
The New York Times: Monday Media section
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
Jeff Coplon, New York Magazine
Joe Nocera, The New York Times

2009[15]
David Carr, The New York Times
David Barstow, The New York Times
David Kamp, Vanity Fair
Seth Mnookin, Vanity Fair
Ian Parker, The New Yorker
Clive Thompson, Wired.com

2010[16]
Steven Johnson, TIME
Megan Garber, Columbia Journalism Review
Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
Matt Pressman, Vanity Fair
Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair
Dean Starkman, Columbia Journalism Review
Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair

2011[17]
Eric Alterman, Center for American Progress
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
Jim Hopkins, Gannett Blog
Joel Meares, Columbia Journalism Review
Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine
Mary Van de Kamp Nohl, Milwaukee Magazine
James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

2012[18]
Adam Lashinsky, Fortune
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
Anna Holmes, The New York Times & The Washington Post
Peter Maass, The New Yorker & ProPublica
Joe Pompeo, Capital New York
Rhonda Roland Shearer and Malik Ayub Sumbal, iMediaEthics
Rebecca Traister, Salon and New York Times Magazine

Nominations & Judging[edit]

Nominations for the Mirror Awards are made online each year beginning in December. The competition is open to anyone who conducts reporting, commentary or criticism of the media industries. Eligible work includes print, broadcast and online editorial content focusing on the development or distribution of news and entertainment. Entries are evaluated based on excellence of craft, framing of the issue and appropriateness for the intended audience. Winners are chosen by a group of journalists and journalism educators.[1]

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