‘WSJ,’ ‘Miami Herald’ and ‘Seattle Times’ Score at National Press Club Journalism Awards

By: E&P Staff

The Wall Street Journal was the big winner at this year’s annual National Press Club journalism awards, with The Miami Herald and The Seattle Times also among the newspapers honored for their work.

WSJ reporters Andy Pasztor and Susan Carey received the Dornheim Award for their coverage of the crash of a Colgan Air turboprop plane near Buffalo, N.Y., reporting that detailed the minimal training of the pilots and revealed to readers a flight school using students as pilots for its own airline.

Journal reporter Barry Newman won the Gingras Humor Award.

Miami Herald reporters Michael Sallah, Rob Barry and Lucy Komisar were the recipients of the consumer journalism award for print, for their expose of Allen Stanford’s massive Ponzi scheme that cost investors some $7 billion.  Their work helped lead to a proposed bill in the Florida legislature that would force state agents to monitor all offshore finance firms in Florida for fraud, money laundering and the destruction of records.

The Seattle Times took home the Friedenberg Online Journalism Award for its multimedia coverage of the killings of four police officers. The Times supplemented its print reporting with video, photos and such applications as Google Wave and Dipity mapping, along with constant updates via Twitter.

PBS’ “Frontline” won the consumer journalism award for “The Card Game,” which featured interviews with the lobbyist for the financial services industry, top lawmakers, and consumers who faced tighter credit, among others.

“Despite layoffs and cutbacks, the annual National Press Club awards show that outstanding journalism is alive and well,” National Press Club President Alan Bjerga said in a statement. 

Other winners:

— Consumer Journalism (periodicals): Bloomberg BusinessWeek “Policing the Cleanup.”

— Edwin M. Hood Diplomatic: Lisa Friedman, ClimateWire: “China: The Yin & Yang of Climate Change.”

— Washington Regional Reporting: Tommy Burr, Salt Lake Tribune.

— Rowse Press Criticism: David Folkenflik, NPR, “Why GQ Doesn’t Want Russians to Read Its Story;” Dean Starkman, Columbia Journalism Review <http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20100714/pl_usnw/DC35029_1;_ylc=X3oDMTEwcnFtNjU2BF9TAzIwMjM4Mjc1MjQEZW1haWxJZAMxMjc5MTM1ODMx> , “Power Problem.”

— Newsletter Journalism: Christopher Castelli, “Inside the Navy.”

— Free Animal Reporting (print): “A Cure for Euthanasia?” David Grimm, Science Magazine.

— Free Animal Reporting (broadcast): “Stampede to Oblivion,” George Knapp, reporter and Matthew Adams, photojournalist/editor, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, Nev.

— Hume Award for Political Journalism: Joseph J. Schatz of CQ, “Duet with the Dragon.”

— Friedheim Travel Award: Al Letson for his public radio broadcast of “Brooklyn – Change Happens” on the series “State of the Re:Union.”

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