Best Newspaper Writing 2003
Best Newspaper Writing, the series, celebrates its 25th year of publication. This 2003 edition recognizes the winners of the ASNE Distinguished Writing Awards including the Jesse Laventhol Prizes, created to honor deadline reporting, and features the Community Service Photojournalism Award on a companion CD-ROM.
For 25 years, Poynter has published the Best Newspaper Writing series, books that have inspired and influenced reporters, editors, teachers, and students. Journalists and educators have welcomed this series as an important tool for learning and strengthening the crafts of reporting, writing, and photojournalism.
Contents: Andrew H. Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times adds a whimsical voice to journalism’s stodgiest pages with editorials that are equal parts satire, concise storytelling, and unbridled schtick. His way with words is never so evident as when he tackles the tough (difficult, grueling) task of writing an obituary for a thesaurus editor.
David Barham’s clever, homespun editorials, a trademark of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, combine a conversational style and unflinching criticism to effectively take on, among others, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catholic Church, proving that there are no sacred cows in the Razorback state.
Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., pursues some of the most complicated questions confronted by humans in her series, “The Seekers.” Her informal, unassuming tone helps make science accessible and offers a peek into the world of scientists with fascinating, if peculiar, interests.
Jonathan Tilove of Newhouse News Service takes readers on an eye-opening tour of America’s Martin Luther King streets. In lyrical, vivid language, he shows how family, history, and shared experience link generations of black Americans to a common heritage and to the ubiquitous street called King.
Michael Kelly’s columns for the Omaha World-Herald combine the sharp eye and ear of a veteran writer with the sometimes-raw emotion of a father outraged after the rape and shooting of his daughter. He challenges readers to break the devastating silence that surrounds the subject of rape.
James H. Smith, executive editor of the Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn., proves to be a passionate defender of the First Amendment, whether those attacking it are politicians seeking cover, police officers arresting a reporter, or readers who would rather that the newspaper not tell the whole story of a fire chief’s suicide.
Dan Barry of The New York Times revisits the World Trade Center site on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, marching readers past the microphones, beyond the speeches, and into the pit where families met to remember.
The book includes interviews with the winners about their craft by editor Keith Woods and Poynter colleagues Roy Peter Clark, Aly Colón, Kenny Irby, Pam Johnson, Kelly McBride, Bill Mitchell, and Christopher Scanlan; the work of 14 finalists who share the lessons they learned; study questions useful to working journalists, students, and teachers; a bibliography; and the CD-ROM.
Community Service Photojournalism Award on CD-ROM The Community Service Photojournalism Award honors photographic reporting that offers compelling visual content and has had such an impact on the community that changes came about as a result.
The CD-ROM contains all the images in the winner’s and finalists’ entry packages, with the original photo captions and stories. It also includes printable full-screen images and an interactive cropping tool.
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