FRIDAY’S LETTERS: Paris to the Moon, Salon’s Walter Reed Scoop, E&P Obsessed With Ann Coulter?

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By: E&P Staff

Contest Winners

Previous Winners: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

Click here for a list of the winners of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, 1972-present.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2007 – The Education Writers Association (EWA), the national professional association of education reporters and writers, today announced the winners of the 2006 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing. The annual contest honors the best education reporting in the print and broadcast media and is the only independent contest of its kind in the United States. Contest entries were limited to stories published or broadcast for the first time during the 2006 calendar year.

First Prize winners receive a cash prize of $150 and a plaque. Winners of Second Prizes and Special Citations receive certificates. The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting includes an award of $1,000 and a plaque, and will be presented to the best of the first prize winners. EWA is also pleased to announce the addition of beat reporting prizes for reporters in both small and large media markets. Prizes, including the grand prize, will be given at the awards banquet at 7 p.m. May 5 during the Education Writers Association’s 60th National Seminar,?which will be held May 3-5 at the Marriott Downtown Los Angeles.

Contest judging was conducted independently, under the direction of Chief Judge Adrianne Flynn of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. This year’s panel of distinguished judges included Karin Chenoweth of the Achievement Alliance; Stephen Crane of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Stephanie Desmon of the Baltimore Sun; Jay Goldman of the American Association of School Administrators; Retha Hill of BET Interactive; Rafael Lorente of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Chuck Neubauer of the Los Angeles Times; Deb Potter of Newslab; Frank Quine of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; and Lee Thornton of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.

Recent winners of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting include Kati Phillips, Linda Lutton and Jonathan Lipman of the Daily Southtown; Joshua Benton, Holly Hacker and Herb Booth of The Dallas Morning News; and Christine Willmsen and Maureen O’Hagan of the Seattle Times.

In today’s letters, a reader thinks the Washington Post should have given credit to Salon for the Walter Reed Hospital scandal story, a Canadian marvels at his countryman’s support of deposed newspaper baron Conrad Black, and a reader thinks there are more important things E&P should be focusing on than Ann Coulter.

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Give Salon Credit for Walter Reed Scoop

After reading Salon’s stories about Walter Reed, I am astonished that The Washington Post would try to lay claim to unveiling the situation there.

Come on, Anne Hull and Dana Priest — give credit, where credit is due. Tsk,
tsk.

Stephanie Hoops
Staff Writer
Ventura County Star
Ventura, Calif.



Frankly, firing of one general who was at Walter Reed for a short period of time, especially when Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been on the “hit” list of sites to be closed, does not make sense. What about the general who was there for years before this person, what about the surgeon general who oversees these generals and the medical facilities? What about all the doctors and nurses, the caretakers and other health care professionals who have been seeing this situation? What about the cleaning staff, their supervisors, and the contractors who are to take care of this center and the troops and retirees who are being cared for there? Too many share this responsibility, all the way up to the President, who visited there many times.

I am an Army brat, and both my parents died (from cancer) at Walter Reed after wonderful care. As an American, I have been proud of this center and I am against closing of this historic and renowned center and also against firing one person for the problems there.

Let’s take care of our sick and wounded, fix the center and the thinking behind all the blame.

Charlene Boothe Riikonen
Columbia, Md.

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Supporting the Villain

It never ceases to amaze me, other than self-interest, how people can support business and political figures who are so clearly twisting civil moral conduct, to empower and enrich themselves. As a Canadian, I love to read captions such as the one below (copied off the Support the Lord Site):

“It seems to me that what really gets up Canadian noses about Conrad Black is that he is rich (or was, at least, before legal fees drained him) and successful; he is also intelligent and outspoken. Elsewhere, these might be considered attributes and evoke admiration. In Canada they mostly evoke envy.” — Ian Hunter, professor emeritus, faculty of law, University of Western Ontario, National Post

Way to go Professor Hunter, it really tells us where your loyalties lie. Either you are or you aspire to be one of those such as Conrad Black, a selfish, snobbish, a**hole who would screw his own family (extended?) to grasp power and wealth.

We Canadians admire people of achievement, and hold them up to high expectations. We turn our back on those whose morals are no better than leaders of third world nations who plunder their own.

Patrick AuCoin
Surrey, B.C.
Canada

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Coulter-Obsessed?

Editor & Publisher’s obsession with Ann Coulter borders on the absurd and ridiculous. Coulter would have long ago faded into distant memory, if not for E&P and a few dozen Coulter groupies infatuated with her trampy look, vile mouth and hate of liberals.

Here’s a few things you could better spend your time doing:

A) Investigate the real reasons for the lack of diversity in journalism, and why most blacks and minorities believe the media to be the most prejudiced institution in America.

B) Write about the failure of the Fourth Estate to hold the most criminal administration in U.S. history to account. In fact, the media has never reported on the fact that the Bush administration said in 2001 that Iraq’s reconstruction would not require sustained aid, and oil revenues from Iraq would pay for the cost of the war. Everybody knows about the oft-told “weapons of mass destruction” lie, but what about the dozens of other lies.

There are hundreds of other issues in journalism that need more attention than a columnist who should be ignored. But obviously, someone at E&P is fixated with this vain vixen.

Wesley R. Brown
Little Rock, Ark.

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Paris to the Moon

Is there any way we could convince the AP to extend the ban on Paris Hilton indefinitely?

I am so sick of seeing this “Paris-ite” live off of the money she gets from media attention. She has no skills (well, none we can talk about), and with all of her family money, she could be actually doing something constructive to help people less fortunate or to make this a better world instead of trying every sleazy attempt she can think of to attract media attention and elevate her own fame.

I would love to see the media have the guts and principles to actually ignore this pathetic girl and stop catering to her over-inflated ego, which is fed by seeing herself in every magazine, newspaper, and tabloid that will cover her for doing something trashy or stupid. Maybe then she would just fade into the background and allow the media to cover some real news. But I doubt the AP or any other media has the integrity to do that long-term because basically you are all just as co-dependent on her as she is on you!

Esther Beattie
Richmond, Va.

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