Special Awards

In addition to juried journalism awards, the Newhouse School presents annual awards for leadership, innovation and diversity.

Fred Dressler Leadership Award

The Dressler Award is given to individuals or organizations that have made distinct, consistent and unique contributions to the public’s understanding of the media. Past recipients have included Jeff Zucker, president and chairman of CNN Worldwide/WarnerMedia News and Sports; Sheila Nevins, executive producer and former president of HBO Documentary Films and Family for Home Box Office; and legendary journalist Tom Brokaw of NBC.

i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence

The i-3 award is given to individuals or organizations that have made a profound impact on the media landscape or have captured the public’s imagination about the potential or importance of the media in a unique way. Past recipients have included Nonny de la Peña, CEO of Emblematic Group; NPR; late New York Times columnist David Carr; and Naveen Selvadurai and Dennis Crowley, co-founders of Foursquare.

Lorraine Branham IDEA Award

Established in 2021 in honor of late Newhouse Dean Emerita Lorraine Branham, the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Award recognizes a media organization that has worked to promote inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility over the course of the previous year. Specifically, the award acknowledges the hiring and development of leadership talent who create change, both to the organizations they oversee and the content they produce. The inaugural Lorraine Branham IDEA Award went to Brown Girls Doc Mafia and was accepted by co-founder Iyabo Boyd.