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Finalists announced for sixth annual Mirror Awards

April 16, 2012

Wendy S. Loughlin
(315) 443-2785

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has announced the finalists in the sixth annual Mirror Awards competition honoring excellence in media industry reporting. The competition drew more than 300 entries. Winners will be announced at a June 13 awards ceremony in New York. 

Finalists, chosen by a group of journalists and journalism educators, are: 

Best Single Article, Traditional/Legacy Media

Best Single Article, Digital Media

Best Profile, Traditional/Legacy Media

Best Profile, Digital Media

Best Commentary, Traditional/Legacy Media

  • Eric Alterman (The Nation)

How Low Will the ‘Washington Post’ Go?
How Rupert Murdoch Buys Friends and Influences People
The Agony and Ecstasy—and ‘Disgrace’—of Steve Jobs

  • Syed Irfan Ashraf (The DAWN Media Group/ Individualland)

Cost of self-censorship
Media’s apologetic professionals
A synthetic image

  • John Gapper (Financial Times)

Huffington is right to take the cash
The conflict of interest in free news
Innovators don’t ignore customers

  • Anna Holmes (The New York Times, The Washington Post)

The Disposable Woman
Anna Holmes on Donald Trump’s Sexism
The best TV criticism’s ink is pink, but powerful” 

Best Commentary, Digital Media

  • Gavin Polone (Vulture/New York Magazine)

Polone: Why TV Networks Don't Need to Worry About Netflix and Hulu’s Original Programming
Polone’s Four-Step Plan for Saving NBC
Polone’s Hollywood Cost-Cutting Solution No. 2: Stop the Pricey Producer Deals

  • Rem Rieder (American Journalism Review)

The Incredible Shrinking Rupert
The Wall Street Journal Careens off the Rails
Passing on Rumors

  • Jack Shafer (Reuters Blog)

The trial of Stephen Glass
Who gets to be anonymous?
The apotheosis of Steve Jobs

  • Mallary Jean Tenore (Poynter)

How accessible do journalists really want to be?
Journalists value precise language, except when it comes to describing ‘minorities’
Have newsrooms relaxed standards, sanctions for fabrication and plagiarism?

  • Rebecca Traister (, The New York Times)

The Soap Opera Is Dead! Long Live The Soap Opera!
‘30 Rock’ takes on feminist hypocrisy — and its own
Seeing ‘Bridesmaids’ is a social responsibility” 

John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting

The awards ceremony will be held from 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York City. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will emcee the event. Information about sponsorship levels and registration is available online. Follow on Twitter via #Mirrors12. 

The Mirror Awards, established by the Newhouse School in 2006, honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit.  

For more information, see or contact Jean Brooks at 315-443-5711 or

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