The message on February 16th at NPF’s Annual Awards Dinner was clear: Journalism matters and it always will. “There is nobody else who quite does what trained journalists do – dig up credible information critical to an honest democracy” Paul Anger said in his acceptance speech for the Benjamin Bradlee Editor of the Year Award. Watch his whole speech here:
Check out more videos from the 27th Annual Awards Dinner on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/NTLPressFoundation.
Prior to the National Press Foundation’s 27th Annual Awards Dinner we wanted to hear why students and young journalists around the country believe journalism matters. We asked them, via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, to submit brief essays on the topic. The number of quality responses that we received was overwhelming, and the essays were judged competitively. The contest’s winner was Liz Medhin, a television reporter and anchor at WHAM in Rochester, New York. This is Liz reading her essay at the dinner:
Thank you to all of our supporters who braved the cold weather to attend the NPF Awards Dinner on Tuesday night. It was truly inspiring to see that even in rough economic times; we were able to fill the Hilton Washington's ballroom with over 900 journalists, media professionals, policy makers and corporate executives who care about Journalism that matters.
Thanks again for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again next year! We'll be posting photos and videos from the dinner soon, so be sure to check back.
With less than 2 weeks to go, the countdown to the 27th Annual Awards Dinner has officially begun. Not sure what to expect? Here’s a quick preview of the event:
The event begins at 6:30 with the pre-dinner reception. The dinner itself begins promptly at 7:30. We do our best to keep the dinner and awards presentation to less than two hours. Awards are presented in between courses, which gives guests the opportunity to socialize with their table mates, enjoy their meal and listen to the awards presentations.
How to win?
Tell us why journalism matters, in 100 words or less. You can focus on any issue or platform you like. The winning entry will be the one that best captures the importance of journalism in today's society. Entries must be submitted through our online form. The author of the winning essay will receive round-trip air-fare and one night hotel stay in Washington to attend the National Press Foundation’s 27th Annual Awards Dinner on February 16, 2010. One of the largest media dinners in Washington, the National Press Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner brings together more than 1,000 journalists, media professionals, policy makers and corporate executives. The contest winner will be seated at the head table, receive recognition at the dinner, and the winning entry will be read during the evening’s program.
Entry into the Journalism Matters Essay Contest is open to U.S. residents age 18-40. Submission must be received no later than February 7, 2010. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls, please. Employees and current or former board members of NPF or their families may not participate. NPF is a 501-c-3. See our website at www.nationalpress.org.
Coming to the Dinner? Make sure you wear your dancing shoes! We recently booked all-journalist band Suspicious Package to play at the post dinner reception, sponsored by Pfizer Inc. Suspicious Package exploded onto the Washington, DC music scene in May 2008 with their sell-out premiere performance at the Red and the Black in DC’s Atlas District. They’ve since performed at the Rock and Roll Hotel, the National Press Club, the Hard Rock Café, the embassies of Finland, Italy, Denmark, and Germany, Andrews Air Force Base, the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City harbor, and other venues.
The National Press Foundation would like to thank the organizations that purchased a tables recently for the 27th Annual Awards Dinner:
1105 Government Information Group
Brunswick Group LLP
General Motors Corporation
Investment Company Institute
Johnson & Johnson
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Potomac Communications Group, Inc.
Powell Tate - Weber Shandwick
Subaru of America, Inc.
Taishoff Family Foundation
The Annual Awards Dinner is the National Press Foundation’s largest source of unrestricted revenue. By helping to defray our costs, our dinner supporters ensure that we are able to reach more journalists each year through our no-cost training programs. To attend the dinner, click on the “make a purchase” or “request an invoice” buttons linked at the top of the column on the left. For more information, contact Kerry Buker at Kerry@nationalpress.org.
The award is made at the sole discretion of the chairman of the National Press Foundation. Susan Swain, the current NPF chairman and the co-president of C-SPAN, said, “It will be my final duty as chair of the foundation to present the award to Mr. King. I cannot think of a better way to hand over the gavel than to recognize his important contributions to our city and to the journalism profession.”
Today we went up to the Hilton Washington to do our food tasting for the meal to be served at the 27th Annual Awards Dinner. There were a lot of good choices, and we’re stuffed, but we think that the meal that we picked is a winner. At the dinner we will have:
Fusilli Aglio, Olio, Pomadora e Peperoncino
Fusilli Pasta with Olive Oil, Garlic, Basil, Tomato and Chillis
Pan Seared Halibut
Apricot and Chipotle Pepper Relish,
Roasted Rutabaga and Parsnip White Bean Ragout
Chocolate Molten, Cherry Ice Cream
Winter Spiced Apple Glace with Candied Pistachio