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2019 Legends Awards Sponsors

Press Club of Dallas would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to our generous sponsors.
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About the Press Club of Dallas: 

The Dallas Press Club is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1948 with the mission to support journalism in all its forms. The Dallas chapter produces events to support the mission of the Press Club, including raising scholarship funds for North Texas students. The Press Club of Dallas, serving five counties in Dallas, is an evolving organization of journalists, public relations practitioners, and affiliated professionals in the North Texas region, committed to promoting the fundamental tenets of communication, journalism and First Amendment freedoms. If you would like more information on how to become a member of the Press Club of Dallas, please visit: PressClubDallas.com.

Press Club of Dallas’ 9th Annual Legends Awards

Eight North Texas journalists will be recognized with the industry’s prestigious lifetime excellence award, the Legends of North Texas Journalism, from the Press Club of Dallas.

The 9th annual “Legends” reception and awards ceremony will be held at the historic Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St., on Saturday, May 18 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The event emcee will be Krys Boyd, the award-winning host of KERA’s Think – a statewide syndicated radio program.

Tickets: $30 for Press Club members and $35 for non-members.

Admission includes food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Capacity is limited to 225.

The 2019 honorees are:

Rick Gosselin, Dallas News
Jim Schutze, Dallas Observer
Karen Borta, KTVT News
Ellen Kampinsky, Dallas News
Eric Nadel, Texas Rangers Radio
Bill Young, KERA-TV
Wes Turner, Ft. Worth Star Telegram
Rick Wamre, Advocate Media

 

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27 finalists named in second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

Dallas, TX, Oct. 31, 2108 – The Press Club of Dallas has selected 27 finalists in 16 categories for the second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism.

The competition was open to Texas reporters, columnists, editors, photographers and videographers from throughout the state of Texas for work done in calendar year 2017.

“We increased the number of categories this year, and we’re excited by the response,” Press Club President Paul Wahlstrom said.  Entries came from journalists and their news organizations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston and smaller communities, such as Howe, a north Texas town with a population of about 2,600.

“The judges wrote some really complimentary comments about the finalists,” Wahlstrom said. “Our judges are well-known journalists from the East Coast and have not been involved in Texas journalism, so their deliberations were based on what they read and saw, not who they knew.”

The awards dinner and ceremony will be held Dec. 1, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, beginning at 5 pm. and is open to the public. It will be hosted by John McCaa, longtime news anchor at WFAA TV. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH Eventbrite.

The competition is named for Hugh Aynesworth, an award-winning reporter and editor, whose first-hand recounting of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy resulted in his best-selling book, November 22, 1963:  Witness to History.  A long-time Press Club member and past president, Aynesworth is the author of several investigative books and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

 

Finalists in 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

Daily Newspapers – Feature Writing

Speaking up for Kara

Reporter, Naomi Martin, Dallas Morning News, March 26, 2017

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What Kind of Father

Reporter, Frank L. Christlieb, Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2017

 

Daily Newspapers – Investigative Reporting

What happened to Tony Timpa?

Reporter, Cary Aspinwall, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 20, 2017

 

Daily Newspapers – Sports Feature Reporting

The Faith He Carries

Reporter, Michael Florek, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 27, 2017

 

Weekly Newspapers – Feature Reporting

Two Howe Ladies Blessed to Survive Las Vegas Weekend

Reporter, Monte Walker, Howe Enterprise, Oct. 9, 2017

 

Television – Investigative Reporting

Pricey Perks

Lori Brown, Vicki Chen, KDFW Channel 4, April 10, 2017

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Criminal Caretakers

Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith WFAA Channel 8, Nov. 16, 2017

 

Television – Feature Reporting

A Hero’s Past: Lost and Found

Reporter, Courtney Friedman KSAT TV  12, May 29, 2017

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Love and Loss: Kenny Goss Remembers George Michael

Reporter, Brian Curtis, KXAS TV Channel 5, Feb. 27, 2017

 

Television – Spot News Reporting  

Singing and praise. Then gunfire.

Couple shares story of surviving Texas church shooting

Reporter, Patty Santos, KSAT TV 12, Nov. 6, 2017

 

Radio – Spot News Reporting

In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other

Reporter, Rachel Osier Lindley, KERA, Sept. 2, 2017

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Vignettes from A Disaster: Galveston After Harvey

Reporter, David Brown, Texas Standard, Aug. 31, 2017

 

Radio – Investigative Reporting

One Crisis Away/No Place to Go

Reporters, Courtney Collins and Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, KERA

April 27, 2017

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High Levels of Lead in San Antonio Neighborhoods

Texas Public Radio, San Antonio

Reporter, David Martin Davies, July 16- July 19, 2017:

 

Radio – Feature Reporting

Building Houston’s Super School

Reporter, Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, Nov. 8, 2017

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The Changing Face of Schools

Reporters,  Bill Zeeble and Stella M. Chavez, KERA, March 8, 2017

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The Effort to Bring Back Vinyl Records

Reporter, Hady Mawajdeh, Art and Seek, KERA, Fenb. 16, 2017

 

Radio – Criticism

Art & Seek, reviews and commentary,

Jerome Weeks, KERA, Aug. 16, Sep. 14 and Oct. 25, 2017

 

Magazine – Feature reporting

The Day The Fire Came

Reporter, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, July, 2017

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The Leadership of Wilshire Baptist Church

Reporter, Keri Mitchell, The Advocate, Nov. 28, 2017

 

Magazine – Investigative reporting

Death From Above

Reporter, Christopher Collins, The Texas Observer , April 17, 2017

 

Digital – Investigative reporting

Lee Trull Accused of Misconduct

Reporters, Shelby Allison-Hibbs, Katy Lemieux, Mark Lowry, Theater Jones

Dec. 5, 2017,

 

Digital – Editorial opinion

  And Now the Hard Part of Righting Dallas’ Racial Wrongs Actually Begins

Bethany Erickson, education, consumer affairs, and public policy columnist, Candy’s Dirt, Oct. 1, 2017

 

Digital – Criticism

 Outside the Lines – Water Tower Theater Hit the Wall

Mark Lowry, Aug. 8, 2017, Theater Jones

 

Public Service

 Dallas Examiner

Monday Night Politics

Mollie Belt, Publisher/CEO, Robyn Jimenez, VP of Production, Monday Night Politics, March 16, March 30, 2017 (and throughout the calendar year)

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Dallas Morning News

Overlooked – As women go to jail in record numbers, who’s watching out for their kids? No one.

 Cary Aspinwall, Women in Jail, June 27, 2017, Dec. 3, 2017

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Candy’s Dirt

Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear But You Can Help

Bethany Erickson, columnist, Aug. 23, 2017 – Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear,

 

Contact – Paul Wahlstrom – pwahl1@verizon.net

Larry Howell, former associate editorial editor of The News, dies at 80

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Press Club of Dallas Announces Expansion of Hugh Aynesworth Awards

[fusion_text]DALLAS, TX – June 13, 2018 – The Press Club of Dallas Board of Directors announced plans to expand the Second Annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Excellence in Journalism at its monthly board meeting in May.

The Aynesworth awards are named for veteran reporter and long-time Press Club member Hugh Aynesworth, a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Following the success of the inaugural Aynesworth Awards, dubbed the “Hughees” last fall, Press Club President Cary Broussard said this year’s awards will be expanded to feature even more categories. New categories include public service, editorial opinion, criticism, and lifestyles reporting.

The awards will reward work completed by journalists in 2017. Submissions for the Aynesworth Awards will be accepted beginning June 13 and will be judged by a distinguished panel of journalists who live and work outside of Texas. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2018. The finalists and category winners will be honored at a gala awards event in late fall.

Broussard also announced the formation of an Advisory Council to assist with the awards.

Members of the Honorary Hugh Aynesworth Awards Advisory Council are:

  • Pierce Allman, director of marketing at Allie Beth Allman & Associates and former program director of WFAA Radio;
  • Helen Anders, author of Fixin’ to be Texan and travel writer for the Austin American-Statesman;
  • Mollie Finch Belt, newspaper CEO and publisher of The Dallas Examiner;
  • Mike Cochran, reporter for the Associated Press and Fort Worth-Star Telegram and Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame inductee;
  • Byron Harris, veteran WFAA-TV reporter;
  • Rena Pederson, faculty member at Southern Methodist University and former vice president and editorial page editor at The Dallas Morning News;
  • Bob Ray Sanders, award-winning mass media journalist, former associate editor and senior columnist of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and past president of the Press Club of Fort Worth;
  • Bob Schieffer, long-time CBS broadcast journalist and Chief Washington Correspondent;
  • Paul Wahlstrom, past president of the Press Club of Dallas and former executive producer at the Irving Community Television Network; and
  • Bobbie Wygant, entertainment reporter and critic at NBC Channel 5 for nearly seven decades, still working part time.

“The Press Club of Dallas is beyond delighted to have this group of talented journalists, community leaders, and communication specialists join our Hugh Aynesworth Honorary Journalism Council. Each person is living proof of a true ambassador for which excellence in journalism stands,” said President Broussard. “The Press Club of Dallas is honored to have each of these outstanding individuals add their name and support to the Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards.”

Paul Wahlstrom, an active member of the Press Club of Dallas, will serve as Chairman of the Aynesworth Awards.

Wahlstrom said,  “It is an honor to help recognize, at this critical time, the best in Texas journalism with this event named for the true legend Hugh Aynesworth.”

“The Press Club of Dallas is beyond delighted to have this group of talented journalists, community leaders, and communication specialists join our Hugh Aynesworth Honorary Journalism Council. Each person is living proof of a true ambassador for which excellence in journalism stands,” said President Broussard. “The Press Club of Dallas is honored to have each of these outstanding individuals add their name and support to the Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards.

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Background on Hugh Aynesworth Awards and Press Club of Dallas

Presented to Texas journalists and their organizations for outstanding investigative and enterprise reporting during the 2017 calendar year, the second Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards is open to all Texas journalists and their news outlets in the following categories: Daily and weekly newspapers, television stations, radio stations, magazines, and digital sites.

The Press Club values the development and protection of journalism. Originally formed in 1948, the Press Club of Dallas is a dynamic organization of journalists and professional communicators in North Texas, committed to promoting the discipline of journalism, communication, literacy, current affairs, and First Amendment freedoms. Journalists, communications professionals, and students are eligible to join the organization.

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Phyllis Vaughan, Press Club Member For Over 30 Years, Passed Peacefully At The Age of 91

[fusion_text]Phyllis VaughanPhyllis Gene Radovich Dishman Vaughan passed peacefully on March 17, 2018 at the age of 91. Born in Hereford, Texas on August 5, 1926, she grew up during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. She attended Texas State College for Women (now TWU) and received her degree in journalism in 1947. While there, she joined Theta Sigma Phi (Women in Communications) and was an active member for 55 years. To put herself through college, Phyllis worked at the Italian P.O.W. camp in the Panhandle during WWII.

She was a true Texas pioneer woman. Officially, because she attended TWU, and professionally, as she was the first woman in Texas to host a regularly broadcast radio show. She was also a writer for the Austin-American Statesman, The Dallas Times Herald, The Dallas Morning News, and Women’s Wear Daily. She was an active member of the Press Club Dallas and contributed to their annual Gridiron Show.

Her father was an emigrant from what is now Montenegro who owned a café in Hereford, and her mother was a school teacher. Although she was an only child, she and her cousin, Patty Ball, were best friends throughout their entire lives.

She married Paul Lake Dishman, Jr. on Christmas Eve, 1950 in Hereford. They subsequently moved to Austin and then settled in Dallas. She loved being a Dallasite and everything about Big D, except the traffic. Together, Paul and Phyllis raised two children. She was a member of Walnut Hill United Methodist Church for 54 years and loved the Harmony Sunday School class.

Paul passed away in 1982. In 1996, she married Sam Vaughan, who she met at church. They were married until his death in 2012.

The last line in her autobiography was a message to her grandchildren, “What are you going to pioneer?”

She was known as “Eldie” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter, Jessica Johnston (Mark); and a son Paul (Chip) Dishman (Beth Lynn); four grandchildren Lake Dishman (Elysa), Deya Justice (David), Tony Johnston (Meaghan), and Melissa Johnston; and four great-grandchildren, Jonah Dishman, Will Justice, Emelyn Dishman, and Trip Johnston.

Funeral Services will be held at Walnut Hill United Methodist Church, in Dallas 10066 Marsh Lane, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Phyllis’s name to Walnut Hill United Methodist Church.

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Carolyn Dunnigan, Dallas Morning News Journalist, Has Passed Away At The Age Of 75

[fusion_text]Carolyn DunniganCarolyn Dunnigan, who became a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News in 1965 and received one of the first early Headliner awards from the Press Club of Dallas, passed away Monday at the age of 75.[/fusion_text][button link=”http://www.jeterandson.com/obituary/carolyn-dunnigan” color=”default” size=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_blank” title=”” gradient_colors=”|” gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]READ OBITUARY[/button]

27 finalists named in second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

[fusion_text]Dallas, TX, Oct. 31, 2108 – The Press Club of Dallas has selected 27 finalists in 16 categories for the second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism.

The competition was open to Texas reporters, columnists, editors, photographers and videographers from throughout the state of Texas for work done in calendar year 2017.

“We increased the number of categories this year, and we’re excited by the response,” Press Club President Paul Wahlstrom said.  Entries came from journalists and their news organizations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston and smaller communities, such as Howe, a north Texas town with a population of about 2,600.

“The judges wrote some really complimentary comments about the finalists,” Wahlstrom said. “Our judges are well-known journalists from the East Coast and have not been involved in Texas journalism, so their deliberations were based on what they read and saw, not who they knew.”

The awards dinner and ceremony will be held Dec. 1, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, beginning at 5 pm. and is open to the public. It will be hosted by John McCaa, longtime news anchor at WFAA TV. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH Eventbrite.

The competition is named for Hugh Aynesworth, an award-winning reporter and editor, whose first-hand recounting of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy resulted in his best-selling book, November 22, 1963:  Witness to History.  A long-time Press Club member and past president, Aynesworth is the author of several investigative books and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

 

Finalists in 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism

Daily Newspapers – Feature Writing

Speaking up for Kara

Reporter, Naomi Martin, Dallas Morning News, March 26, 2017

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What Kind of Father

Reporter, Frank L. Christlieb, Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2017

 

Daily Newspapers – Investigative Reporting

What happened to Tony Timpa?

Reporter, Cary Aspinall, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 20, 2017

 

Daily Newspapers – Sports Feature Reporting

The Faith He Carries

Reporter, Michael Florek, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 27, 2017

 

Weekly Newspapers – Feature Reporting

Two Howe Ladies Blessed to Survive Las Vegas Weekend

Reporter, Monte Walker, Howe Enterprise, Oct. 9, 2017

 

Television – Investigative Reporting

Pricey Perks

Lori Brown, Vicki Chen, KDFW Channel 4, April 10, 2017

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Criminal Caretakers

Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith WFAA Channel 8, Nov. 16, 2017

 

Television – Feature Reporting

A Hero’s Past: Lost and Found

Reporter, Courtney Friedman KSAT TV  12, May 29, 2017

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Love and Loss: Kenny Goss Remembers George Michael

Reporter, Brian Curtis, KXAS TV Channel 5, Feb. 27, 2017

 

Television – Spot News Reporting  

Singing and praise. Then gunfire.

Couple shares story of surviving Texas church shooting

Reporter, Patty Santos, KSAT TV 12, Nov. 6, 2017

 

Radio – Spot News Reporting

In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other

Reporter, Rachel Osier Lindley, KERA, Sept. 2, 2017

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Vignettes from A Disaster: Galveston After Harvey

Reporter, David Brown, Texas Standard, Aug. 31, 2017

 

Radio – Investigative Reporting

One Crisis Away/No Place to Go

Reporters, Courtney Collins and Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, KERA

April 27, 2017

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High Levels of Lead in San Antonio Neighborhoods

Texas Public Radio, San Antonio

Reporter, David Martin Davies, July 16- July 19, 2017:

 

Radio – Feature Reporting

Building Houston’s Super School

Reporter, Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, Nov. 8, 2017

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The Changing Face of Schools

Reporters,  Bill Zeeble and Stella M. Chavez, KERA, March 8, 2017

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The Effort to Bring Back Vinyl Records

Reporter, Hady Mawajdeh, Art and Seek, KERA, Fenb. 16, 2017

 

Radio – Criticism

Art & Seek, reviews and commentary,

Jerome Weeks, KERA, Aug. 16, Sep. 14 and Oct. 25, 2017

 

Magazine – Feature reporting

The Day The Fire Came

Reporter, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, July, 2017

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The Leadership of Wilshire Baptist Church

Reporter, Keri Mitchell, The Advocate, Nov. 28, 2017

 

Magazine – Investigative reporting

Death From Above

Reporter, Christopher Collins, The Texas Observer , April 17, 2017

 

Digital – Investigative reporting

Lee Trull Accused of Misconduct

Reporters, Shelby Allison-Hibbs, Katy Lemieux, Mark Lowry, Theater Jones

Dec. 5, 2017,

 

Digital – Editorial opinion

  And Now the Hard Part of Righting Dallas’ Racial Wrongs Actually Begins

Bethany Erickson, education, consumer affairs, and public policy columnist, Candy’s Dirt, Oct. 1, 2017

 

Digital – Criticism

 Outside the Lines – Water Tower Theater Hit the Wall

Mark Lowry, Aug. 8, 2017, Theater Jones

 

Public Service

 Dallas Examiner

Monday Night Politics

Mollie Belt, Publisher/CEO, Robyn Jimenez, VP of Production, Monday Night Politics, March 16, March 30, 2017 (and throughout the calendar year)

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Dallas Morning News

Overlooked – As women go to jail in record numbers, who’s watching out for their kids? No one.

 Cary Aspinwall, Women in Jail, June 27, 2017, Dec. 3, 2017

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Candy’s Dirt

Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear But You Can Help

Bethany Erickson, columnist, Aug. 23, 2017 – Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear,

 

Contact – Paul Wahlstrom – pwahl1@verizon.net[/fusion_text]

Now accepting nominations for the 2018 Anthony Shadid Award

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Nominations due January 8

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks nominations for the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. Now in its seventh year, the Shadid Award recognizes ethical decisions in reporting stories in any journalistic medium, including, print, broadcast and digital, by those working for established news organizations or publishing individually.

The award focuses on current journalism and does not include books, documentaries and other long-term projects. Entries should involve reporting done for stories that were published or broadcast in 2017. Individuals or news organizations may nominate themselves or others.

Nominations are now being accepted. All entries are due by Jan. 8, 2018.

The Shadid Award includes a $1,000 prize and travel expenses to accept the award and discuss the reporting at a ceremony in Washington D.C. April 5, 2018.

Judging committee chair Lucas Graves said this prize is different from other journalism awards because it highlights the difficult behind-the-scenes decisions reporters make in pursuing high-impact stories while fulfilling their ethical obligations to sources, to people caught up in news events, and to the public at large.

“The stories nominated are always phenomenal, but the committee makes the decision on the finalists and winners by considering how reporters and editors negotiated ethical dilemmas while reporting,” he said.

Previous winners of the award include:

  • 2017: Shane Bauer, Mother Jones
  • 2016: Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Esther Htusan, Associated Press
  • 2015: David Jackson, Gary Marx, Duaa Eldeib and Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune
  • 2014: Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo and Ted Bridis, Associated Press

A graduate of UW-Madison, Anthony Shadid died in 2012 on a reporting assignment in Syria for the New York Times. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his courageous and insightful foreign correspondence. Shadid sat on the ethics center’s advisory board and strongly supported its efforts to promote public interest journalism and to stimulate discussion about journalism ethics.

Letters of nomination must include:

  1. Name and contact information of the nominators and their relationship to the story
  2. Names of the reporter or reporting team that produced the report
  3. Brief description of the story and a link to it online
  4. Description of conflicting values encountered in reporting the story
  5. Options considered to resolve the conflicts
  6. Final decisions and rationales behind them

Nomination letters of three pages or less should be saved in pdf format and attached to an email sent to ethicsaward@journalism.wisc.edu.

For more information, visit the website.

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17 finalists announced by Press Club of Dallas in first Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards

[fusion_text]Dallas, TX, Oct. 2, 2017 – Seventeen news organizations and their reporters, photographers and editors were named today as finalists in the first Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism awards sponsored by the Press Club of Dallas.

The awards, which honor Texas journalists’ work completed in 2016, will be presented at a Nov. 30 dinner at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled to be hosted by WFAA TV sports anchor Dale Hansen. The awards  are named for veteran reporter and long-time press club member Hugh Aynesworth, four times a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The 17 finalists represent news reporting from throughout Texas in seven news organization categories: daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, television, radio, digital news sites and photography/video. Winners and finalists will be announced for work done in investigative reporting, feature reporting, spot news photography and feature photography.

“These finalists represent some of the best work in journalism throughout the state of Texas in 2016,” said press club president Cary Broussard. “It confirms that, despite financial challenges and intensified scrutiny from the public, journalism is an essential and necessary part of a free society.”

The finalists run the gamut from large newspapers and television stations such as the Austin American Statesman and the Dallas Morning News and KXAS TV in Dallas and KSAT TV in San Antonio to weekly newspapers like Howe Enterprise and Progress Times of Mission, Texas.

“We’re really impressed that such a diverse group of journalists entered a first-time competition,” Broussard said. “I think it’s fair to say that journalism is alive and well in Texas.”

Broussard thanked award dinner co-chairs Jo Ann Holt-Caussey and Barry Hoffman for their work. Holt-Caussey is a veteran Dallas editor and reporter whose body of work was recognized by the Press Club of Dallas with a 2016 North Texas Legends Award. She has been an active press club member since 1982. Hoffman, a Dallas native, was an reporter and editor in the Northeast for almost 50 years, both in broadcast journalism and newspapers. He is a past president of the New York State Associated Press Association.

Judges for the Aynesworth Awards are from the Northeast and West Coast, and had no association with any of the news organizations or individuals who entered the contest.

They include Jean Patman, who directed Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign coverage for the Long Island newspaper Newsday; Tim Smart, executive editor of US News and World Report; Stephani Shelton and Andrew Fisher, veteran reporters and writers for CBS and NBC television news operations; Ed Tobias, former assistant managing editor of Associated Press Radio in Washington, DC.; and Robert Rodriguez, photo editor of the US headquarters of The Daily Mail in New York City.  A complete list of judges is available at the Press Club of Dallas website – http://pressclubdallas.com/ — under the heading “Aynesworth Awards.”

There are a limited number of tickets to the Thursday, Nov. 30 awards dinner. The cost is $50 and includes food and beverage. The tickets go on sale Oct. 5, and those interested in buying them can do so also under the heading “Aynesworth Awards” at the press club website.

Here is a list of finalists for reporting and photography in 2016:

Investigative Reporting

Daily newspapers

The Austin American-Statesman Investigates team, Oct. 21, 2016
“Silent majority: Texas’ booming Hispanic population deeply underrepresented in local politics”

Miles Moffeit and Sue Ambrose, the Dallas Morning News, Dec. 2, 2016
“Bled Dry: How hospitals fall victim to fraudsters, felons and profiteers”

Television

FOX4 KDFW Dallas/Ft. Worth
“Broken System Fails Abused Animals” May 16 and 17, 2016
Reporter – Lori Brown; Investigative Producer – Vicki Chen

NBC5/KXAS TV DFW
Reporter – Scott Friedman; investigative producer – Eva Parks; photographer – Peter Hull; law enforcement expert – Don Peritz
“Big Buses, Bigger Problems,” first reporting in a continuing series aired Oct. 4, 2016

KSAT 12 San Antonio
Investigative Reporter – Myra Arthur; Investigative Producer – Dillon Collier; Investigative Photojournalist/Editor – Josh Saunders
“When Moments Matter” aired Nov. 10, 2016 

Radio

KERA, Dallas
Reporter: Lauren Silverman,
“Pastoral Medicine Credentials Raise Questions In Texas” April 6, 2016

KERA, KUHF,
Reporters: Stella Chavez, KERA; Laura Isensee, KUHF
“Latino Superintendents Lead School Districts In Texas’ Eight Largest Cities”, Sept. 20, 2016

Magazines

The Advocate Media Magazine, Oak Cliff
Reporter: Keri Mitchell
“Why do so many suburban students attend Dallas ISD’s top magnet schools?”
Nov. 18, 2016

Fort Worth Magazine
Reporter – Sean Chaffin
“Tarrant County Cold Cases Await Evidence, Witnesses”  December Issue 2016

Digital news site

The Arlington Voice
Reporter – Mike McGee
City, mum on alleged police quota system, refusing document releases”
July 21, 2016

Feature Writing

Daily Newspapers

 Phil Jankowski, Austin American-Statesman
“A Rambler’s Life”   Dec. 1, 2016 

Weekly Newspapers

Progress Times
Reporter: Jose De Leon III
“Samaritans donate new abode to Mission octogenarian,” Dec. 9, 2016 

Howe Enterprise
Reporter – Monte Walker
“EF1 Tornado; EF5 Community” May 2, 2016

Radio 

KSTX San Antonio Public Radio
Reporter David Martin Davies
“Lessons Learned from a night in the Bexar County jail” Oct. 21, 2016

KSTX, San Antonio Public Radio
Reporter Paul Flahive
“Ease In Anti-Overdose Drug Access Leads To More Lives Saved” June 24, 2016

Newspaper Photography

Spot News 

Robert Moore, Dallas Voice, July 7, 2016
“Dallas police officer showing stress from mass shooting”

Feature photography 

Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman
“South by Southwest Music Festival photo essay” Oct. 1, 2016
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Cary Broussard

President’s Message – Cary Broussard

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  • It has been my honor to serve on the Press Club board for the last three years – the last two as board secretary, and co-chairing the Legends Excellence in Journalism Awards as well.
  • I’ve served on the board since returning to Dallas after living up North for four years. 
Needless to say, I had never truly appreciated Dallas until I moved back here in late 2013 – even our hot summers – bring em on! They make traversing thigh high snow drifts on the way to the subway seem like child’s play.
  • When I returned to Dallas, I saw a city transformed for the better with Klyde Warren Park, Earth Day Texas, Trinity River development and most of all, a new feeling of inclusivity. Dallas was embracing the desire to be a world-class city….and lo and behold had started holding hands with Fort Worth, even going steady it seems. Who 
knows what’s on the horizon? It’s been very exciting to be part of this evolution of the Dallas mind-set. The members and supporters of the Press Club of Dallas, serving North Texas are vital contributors to the success of this City.

I have worked in several cities, Memphis Tennessee; Washington, D.C; New York City and of course Dallas. When I was here in the 90’s and early 2000s as head of communications for Wyndham, I learned a great deal, including many lessons that I believe will be of great benefit to serving as your Press Club president.

I’d like to share a few with you:

Having traveled with the Peabody Ducks as head of PR for the Peabody Hotel, I learned it’s important to let some things slide of your back – especially when it comes to press conferences. Live ducks will get you some of best press coverage out there, especially if everyone at the press conference tries to catch them when one or two fly off!

Speaking of press conferences, as deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator – and many of you can relate to this, you’re not always the most popular person in the room when you have to deliver the message, but getting the facts right will make you more popular in the long run.

As Bill Moyers once said, “my judgement as a journalist is not worth anything (in his Texas drawl, he actually said “pig’s ass”) if I can’t back it up with facts.” 
Which leads me to our plans and goals for the coming year for the Press Club.

We will build upon the five year strategic plan for the Press Club that Frank Librio, Michael Grant, and many of you in this room have helped develop. With Ayona Anderson, our Marketing Chair, we will take greater steps with our content strategy to keep our website and other communication platforms updated and focused on our Club’s guiding principles of journalism: “Truth, Trust and Transparency.” I hope we can partner with other organizations to launch “Journalism Week” in the City of Dallas and North Texas.

While working in New York, I participated in Social Media Week, which left a great impression on me – mainly the structure of the event. We can even have an App for this! 
We will conduct an internal member survey and involve journalism students, media and communications professionals to contribute ideas for our events and programming. 
We will engage and involve the legendary journalists who have been recognized in our Legends – Excellence in Journalism Awards event, many of whom have specifically asked to be involved and are passionate about this Club and what we stand for.

I know each of our Board Members takes the responsibility of serving on the board quite seriously. We have big plans for the Press Club and have the highest regard for each other personally and professionally. For this reason, our plan is to build and engage our volunteer committees more fully, providing more time for board members to do important work with their committees, also giving BOD members more time in the months in between to recruit and spend time with members.

I hope to contribute to the lasting legacy of truth, transparency and trust about which journalism stands for and must continue. So many people, not all of whom I can name today, have worked tirelessly to bring the Press Club back.

Hugh Aynesworth, what an honor to serve with you on this board. To see how you have soldiered through (rush hour traffic specifically on Tuesdays for monthly board meetings), never showing discouragement, providing humor, friendship and professional dignity in your service to this Club in a way that makes anyone who comes in contact with you want to work harder and carry the torch for the club and for journalism – well that’s why we have an award named in your honor.

Journalism is at a crossroads with technology and with the public.
 Journalists’ livelihoods and yes, tragically many lives are also at stake…that’s why we continue to partner with organizations like the World Affairs Council and others that do a great job bringing in world class journalists for public forums to discuss and solve vital issues.

Communications professionals and journalists have much in common today. We have a shared responsibility to keep truth, trust and transparency in the forefront of journalism – and call out when we see we are falling short. I remain encouraged by what opportunities and challenges journalism students (and their teachers) have before them and promise we will be more visible and diligent than ever in reaching out and cultivating journalism students in N. Texas.

Thank you!

Cary Broussard is CEO of Broussard Global Communications and author of From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life (Wiley publishing)[/fusion_text]