AEJMC to present 2022 First Amendment Award to Steven Waldman of Report for America


The Professional Freedom & Responsibility Committee of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is proud to announce the 2022 First Amendment Award winner:

Steven Waldman is a nationally known veteran journalist and social entrepreneur dedicated to saving journalism. He is president and co-founder of Report for America, a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms across the country to report on under-covered issues. The organization is now placing 300 journalists in newsrooms across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam in 2022. He is also the founder and chair of the Rebuild Local News Coalition, which advocates for public policy to help save local news. Both are initiatives of the GroundTruth Project.

Previously Waldman worked as national editor of U.S. News & World Report, national correspondent for Newsweek, and senior advisor to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC he was the prime author of the landmark report "Information Needs of Communities" in 2011 which sounded the alarm about the decline of local news. He is author of the national bestseller, “Founding Faith" and the award-winning "Sacred Liberty."

Read more here about Report for America and the GroundTruth Project.

Waldman will be presented the award at the 2022 AEJMC Annual Conference in Detroit.

Award Presentation and Q&A:
Friday, Aug. 5, 4-5:30 p.m.

PF&R Panel Session
First Amendment Award Presentation and Q&A

Jason M. Shepard, California State, Fullerton

To view all AEJMC award recipients, click here.


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