sheila nevins at the podium

2018 Mirror Award winners announced today at New York City awards ceremony

By Wendy S. Loughlin

June 12, 2018

Winners in the 12th annual Mirror Awards competition honoring excellence in media industry reporting were announced today at a ceremony in New York City, hosted by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Kimberly Brooks, anchor and correspondent at Fusion TV, was master of ceremonies at the luncheon event, which was held at Cipriani 42nd Street.

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

BEST PROFILE

Lois Parshley for “Editor in Exile,” Pacific Standard

BEST SINGLE ARTICLE/STORY

Jim Rutenberg for “RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War,” The New York Times Magazine

BEST COMMENTARY

Jack Shafer and Tucker Doherty for “The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think,” Politico

BEST STORY ON FAKE NEWS

Amanda Robb for “Pizzagate: A Slice of Fake News,” Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX with The Investigative Fund; and “Anatomy of a Fake News Scandal,” Rolling Stone with The Investigative Fund

BEST STORY ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY

Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain for “Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls,” The Washington Post

JOHN M. HIGGINS AWARD FOR BEST IN-DEPTH/ENTERPRISE REPORTING (joint winners):

Ronan Farrow for a series of investigative pieces on Harvey Weinstein, The New Yorker

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Rachel Abrams, Ellen Gabler, Susan Dominus, Jim Rutenberg and Steve Eder for a series of investigative pieces on Harvey Weinstein, The New York Times

The Newhouse School honored Sheila Nevins, executive producer and former president of HBO Documentary Films and Family for Home Box Office, with the Fred Dressler Leadership Award. Director, producer and writer Erin Lee Carr presented.

The school also honored NPR with the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence. CEO Jarl Mohn accepted the award, and Robert Siegel, former senior host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” presented.

In addition, Newhouse recognized “60 Minutes” for 50 years of excellence in broadcast journalism. Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer, accepted the recognition, which was presented by Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham.

Luncheon co-chairs were Kristina Hahn ’98, director, Americas Partner Solutions and Innovation at Google, and Bruce Perlmutter ’81, senior vice president, production at Condé Nast Entertainment.

The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for recognizing excellence in media industry reporting. Established by the Newhouse School in 2006, the awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit.

For more information, contact Wendy Loughlin at 315.412.4522 or wsloughl@syr.edu.

Pictured above: Sheila Nevins accepts the Fred Dressler Leadership Award.