ICFJ to Honor ‘Washington Post’ Columnist Ignatius, Twitter Co-founder Stone

By: E&P Staff

At its Nov. 9 awards dinner, the International Center for Journalists will honor The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius with the Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism for his commentary on international affairs and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone with the center’s first Innovation Award for his micro-blogging site’s new ways to break news.

“David’s work sets the standard for analyzing international events,” ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said in a statement. “Twitter gives us instant access to news, even in the most remote regions of the world.”

ABC television’s “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour will emcee the event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C., where ICFJ also will present the Knight International Journalism Awards to investigative reporter Daniela Arbex of Brazil and radio news entrepreneur Tosca Santoso of Indonesia.

Ignatius’ 35 years as editor, reporter and columnist has included stints at Post foreign editor from 1990 to 1992, when he supervised Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and, into this decade, as executive editor of The International Herald Tribune. In addition to covering almost every Washington beat, he’s reported on the wars in Lebanon and Iraq as The Wall Street Journal‘s Middle East correspondent.

Four years after Biz Stone co-founded Twitter, more than 100 million people worldwide now use it to share information,with the site receiving as many as 800 million searches in a day. Haitians used Twitter after the January earthquake to share information, and last year, it was the main way international news outlets received real-time information about the protests in Iran.

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