The author of an in-depth exploration into the events that led to the 2003 toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad won the first John M. Higgins award for enterprise reporting at today’s Mirror Awards reception in New York. Peter Maass, who wrote the piece for The New Yorker with support from Pro Publica, called for non-profits and others to support serious journalism and “make more of these flowers bloom.” For traditional/legacy media, other winners of the awards sponsored by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School were: Anna Holmes, who took Best Commentary for her work in The New York Times and The Washington Post; The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta, who won Best Profile for his look at Jill Abramson’s rise to executive editor of The New York Times; and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky, who had the Best Single Article for an in-depth look at Apple. For digital media: Capital New York‘s Joe Pompeo won Best Profile for an examination of The Huffington Post; Rhonda Roland Shearer and Malik Ayub Sumbal of iMediaEthics won Best Single Article for their exploration of photojournalism’s double standards for foreign victims; and Rebecca Traister took Best Commentary for her work at Salon and The New York Times Magazine. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos presented the Impact, Innovation and Influence Award to Knight Foundation CEO Alberto Ibarguen. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was master of ceremonies.
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