Professors Coming to Cronkite for Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute

Fifteen journalism professors from 12 states and three countries are coming to Arizona State University for the annual Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, a rigorous five-day seminar at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Now in its sixth year, the institute is designed to help journalism professors bring entrepreneurship into their academic programs. The Jan. 3-7 event is made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Co.

“The rapid pace of change and disruption in the journalism industry requires the examination and development of new concepts and revenue models,” said Liz Carter, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “The college environment is fertile ground for the sort of innovation necessary to meet this demand. During its existence, this institute has stimulated ideas and built a productive community of educators dedicated to guiding and inspiring prospective journalism entrepreneurs.”

Cronkite Professor of Practice Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and authority in new media and entrepreneurship, leads the institute, which features sessions on the principles of entrepreneurship, digital product development and the startup culture.

“The Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute spreads the concepts and the spirit of entrepreneurship to journalism programs across the country and around the world,” Gillmor said. “We are delighted to be working with Scripps Howard Foundation on this important program.”

This year’s institute will feature a keynote talk from longtime journalist and author Steven Levy, who founded the tech news website Backchannel. Other sessions include discussions with Mark Briggs, author of “Entrepreneurial Journalism,” and Jeff Jarvis, director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, City University of New York.

The 15 fellows were competitively selected, and each of their universities has committed to offer a class in journalism entrepreneurship in the year following the fellowship. Training, lodging, meals, materials and transportation are provided to the fellows at no cost to them or their universities.

Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation educates, empowers and honors extraordinary journalists who illuminate community issues, and partners with impactful organizations to drive change and improve lives. As the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company, the Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the Foundation helps build thriving communities.

2017 Scripps Howard Entrepreneurship Institute Fellows

L. Simone Byrd, Alabama State University

Britt Christensen, Zayed University

Jayne Cubbage, Bowie State University

Diego Fonseca, CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)

M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Bethany College

Mary Glick, California Polytechnic State University

Amy Haimerl, Michigan State University

Robert Jonason, University of Cincinnati

Richard Jones, University of Huddersfield

Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel, Xavier University of Louisiana

Emily Metzgar, Indiana University

Charles Munro, University of Iowa

Tracy Simmons, Gonzaga University

Alecia Swasy, Washington and Lee University

Julia Wallace, Arizona State University

RNA Honors Best in Religion Reporting

2013

AUSTIN — Religion reporters from across the country won top honors Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Religion Newswriters Association’s 2013 awards competition.

Adon Taft was presented with the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award. Taft was a long-time religion reporter for The Miami Herald and a leader within RNA.

Michelle Boorstein of The Washington Post won first place in the Religion Reporter of the Year contest for large newspapers and wire services. Rachel Zoll of The Associated Press won second place and Daniel Burke won third for stories written for Religion News Service.

First place in the Religion Reporter of the Year contest for metropolitan newspapers went to Tim Townsend for work done at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Second place was awarded to Richard Dujardin of The Providence Journal, and third place went to Carla Hinton of The Oklahoman.

G. Jeffrey MacDonald, writing for The Christian Science Monitor, won the Cornell Religion Reporter of the Year Award for mid-sized newspapers. Jeff Sheler of The Virginian-Pilot and Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune tied for second. Robert Sibley of The Ottawa Citizen received an honorable mention.

In the Cassels Religion Reporter of the Year contest for small newspapers, first place went to Matthew Miller of the Lansing State Journal, with Mary Garrigan of The Rapid City Journal in second place and Jennifer Preyss of the Victoria Advocate coming in third. Catherine Godbey of The Decatur Daily and Marshall Weiss of The Dayton Jewish Observer both received honorable mention.

Jaweed Kaleem of The Huffington Post won first place in the Supple Religion Feature Writer of the Year Award. David Gibson of Religion News Service placed second, and Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune won third.

The Gerald A. Renner Enterprise Religion Report of the Year Award went to Tiffany Stanley of Religion & Politics, followed by Jaweed Kaleem of The Huffington Post in second and a team led by Arnold Labaton of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly in third.

First place in the Religion Commentary of the Year Award went to David Gibson of the Religion News Service. Second place went to Christine Scheller of urbanfaith.com and Naomi Schaefer Riley of The Wall Street Journal placed third. Jamie Mason of the National Catholic Reporter received an honorable mention.

The Schachern Award for Online Religion Section of the Year went to Reuters, with second place going to CNN and third place to Spokane.

Bobby Ross Jr. of The Christian Chronicle placed first for Magazine News Religion Report of the Year Award. Jaweed Kaleem of The Huffington Post Magazine placed second and Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter took third.

The Magazine of the Year Award went to Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Moment Magazine placed second and Sojourners came in third.

First place in the Radio or Podcast Religion Report of the Year contest went to Taki Telonidis of Western Folklife Center. Second place went to Tony Ganzer of World Radio Switzerland. Third place was awarded to Sarah Richards. An honorable mention was awarded to Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith & Values.

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly swept the Television News Magazine Religion Report of the Year awards. Bob Faw placed first, Betty Rollin placed second, Judy Valente came in third and Kim Lawton received honorable mention.

The National Network/Cable News Religion Report of the Year Award went to Jerome Socolovsky with Voice of America. Second place was awarded to Eric Marrapodi of CNN and third went to Michael O’Sullivan, also with Voice of America.

The first place award for the Television Local News Religion Report of the Year contest went to Ben Winslow of KSTU Fox 13.

The Nonfiction Religion Book of the Year contest resulted in a tie for first. Winning first was Don Lattin for “Distilled Spirits” and T.H. Luhrman for “When God Talks Back.” Matti Friedman’s “The Aleppo Codex” placed second.

Finally, Rebecca Nakashima of Biola University won first place in the Chandler Award for Student Religion Reporter of the Year. In second place was Catherine Knarr of the University of Missouri. April Burbank of Wheaton College won third place. The Chandler Award for Student Religion Reporter of the Year was presented by Russell and M.L. Chandler, who fund the award.

SpokaneFAVS wins its second national journalism award

2014

This week the Local Media Association named SpokaneFAVS the Best Niche Site Produced by Local Media for unique visitors under 100,000.

The judges said SpokaneFAVS was, “Well designed, easy to follow. Interactive for its target audience.”

The judges said they were also impressed at how open the website was to all faiths and beliefs.

The Local Media Association is the only non-profit, professional trade association specifically serving the local media industry. Each year it holds numerous contests to make sure that “the best are nationally recognized.”

Abbotsford News was name the second place winner and Columbus Parent Magazine took third.

In 2013 SpokaneFAVS won its first national journalism award when it won third place in the Harold Schacerrn Award for Online Religion Section of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association.

In April SpokaneFAVS celebrated its second anniversary.

Religion Newswriters Association honors top religion reporting

2011

DURHAM — Religion reporters from across the country won top honors Saturday (Sept. 17) at the 2011 Religion Newswriters Association’s annual awards competition.

Michelle Boorstein won the large newspaper reporting award for The Washington Post, followed by the The New York Time’s Laurie Goodstein and Adelle Banks of the Religion News Service.

Tim Townsend of St. Louis Post-Dispatch won the metro newspaper reporter of the year award, followed by Tim Funk of The Charlotte Observer and Michelle Bearden of The Tampa Tribune.

The Cornell Religion Reporter of the Year award for mid-sized newspapers went to Bob Smietana of the The Tennessean in Nashville, followed by Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune, Kristen Moulton of The Salt Lake Tribune and honorable mentions to David Yonke of The (Toledo) Blade and freelancer Rasha Elass.

In the Cassels Religion Reporter of the Year contest for small newspapers, first place went to Melissa Burke of the York (Pa.) Daily Record, followed by Brett Buckner of Anniston (Ala.) Star, Tracy O’Shaughnessy of Republican American in Waterbury, Conn. and Amy Umble of The (Fredericksburg) Free Lance-Star (honorable mention).

William Wan of The Washington Post won first-place in the Supple Religion Writer of the Year award, followed by Laurie Goodstein of the The New York Times and Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Gerald A. Renner Enterprise award went to Tony Carnes of “A Journey Through NYC Religions,” followed by Candace R. Kwiatek of The Dayton Jewish Observer and Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times.

Religion commentary of the year went to Kay Campbell of The Huntsville Times, followed by Laura Silver of The Huffington Post and Phyllis Zagano of Religion News Service.

The Schachern Award for Multimedia Reporting went to Tracy Simmons of Creedible.com, followed by David Noyce of The Salt Lake Tribune and Elizabeth Tenety and Sally Quinn of The Washington Post.