Mirror Awards

The Mirror Awards are annual journalism awards recognizing the work of writers, reporters, editors and organizations who cover the media industry.[1] The awards were established by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2006.[2]

Mirror Awards
Awarded forExcellence in media industry reporting
CountryUnited States
Presented byS.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
First awarded2006

Awards categories have varied slightly from year to year. In 2018, categories included:

• Best Single Article/Story
• Best Profile
• Best Commentary
John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting[1]

John M. Higgins AwardEdit

The Higgins Award was established by the Newhouse School in 2012 to honor the late Broadcasting & Cable business editor, who died in 2006.[3] The award is supported by a financial gift from Discovery Communications and Time Warner Cable and carries a $5,000 cash prize. Each of the remaining awards carries a $1,000 cash prize.[4]

Awards CeremonyEdit

Winners are honored at an awards ceremony in New York City each June. Ceremony emcees have included Meredith Vieira (2007);[5] Andy Borowitz (2008);[6] Newhouse alumna Contessa Brewer '96 (2009);[7] Katie Couric (2010);[8] Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (2011);[9] Anderson Cooper (2012).;[10] David Muir (2013); Gayle King (2014); Savannah Guthrie (2015); Newhouse alumnus Jeff Glor '97 (2016); Jenna Bush Hager (2017); and Kimberly Brooks (2018).

Special awardsEdit

The awards ceremony also includes the presentation of two special awards: the Fred Dressler Leadership Award, named for the late cable executive and former chair of the Newhouse Advisory Board, which is given to individuals or organizations that have made distinct, consistent and unique contributions to the public’s understanding of the media; and the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence, which 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.[11] Recipients of the Dressler Award have included Sheila Nevins of HBO Documentary Films; journalist Tom Brokaw (2017); David Levy ’84, president of Turner Broadcasting System (2016); Josh Sapan, president and CEO of AMC Networks (2015); David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications (2014); Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group (2013); Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast (2011); Bloomberg L.P. (2010); Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post (2009); political journalist Tim Russert (posthumously, 2008); and Peter Bart, editor-in-chief of Variety (2007).[11] Recipients of the i-3 award have included NPR (2018); The New York Times Company (2017); Nonny de la Peña (2016); David Carr (journalist) (posthumously, 2015); Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg (2014); Nate Silver (2013); John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (2012); Newhouse alumnus Dennis Crowley ’98 and Naveen Selvadurai, co-founders of Foursquare (2011); Twitter (2010); Obama for America New Media Department/Blue State Digital (2009); and CNN/YouTube (2008).[12]

Award WinnersEdit

American Journalism Review
HealthNewsReview.org, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication
David Carr, The New York Times
Andreas Kluth, The Economist
Dean Miller, Nieman Reports
Clive Thompson, New York magazine
Philip Weiss, New York magazine

Frontline, PBS
The New York Times: Monday Media section
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
Jeff Coplon, New York Magazine
Joe Nocera, The New York Times

David Carr, The New York Times
David Barstow, The New York Times
David Kamp, Vanity Fair
Seth Mnookin, Vanity Fair
Ian Parker, The New Yorker
Clive Thompson, Wired.com

Steven Johnson, TIME
Megan Garber, Columbia Journalism Review
Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
Matt Pressman, Vanity Fair
Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair
Dean Starkman, Columbia Journalism Review
Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair

Eric Alterman, Center for American Progress
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
Jim Hopkins, Gannett Blog
Joel Meares, Columbia Journalism Review
Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine
Mary Van de Kamp Nohl, Milwaukee Magazine
James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

Adam Lashinsky, Fortune
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
Anna Holmes, The New York Times & The Washington Post
Peter Maass, The New Yorker & ProPublica
Joe Pompeo, Capital New York
Rhonda Roland Shearer and Malik Ayub Sumbal, iMediaEthics
Rebecca Traister, Salon (website) and The New York Times Magazine

Adrian Chen, Gawker
Missouri Press Association
Craig Silverman, Poynter Institute
Syed Irfan Ashraf, Dawn, Pique
Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Weekly
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker
Jodi Enda, American Journalism Review

Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker
Erik Wemple, The Washington Post
Brooke Gladstone, Katya Rogers, Alex Goldman, PJ Vogt, Sarah Abdurrahman, Chris Neary, On the Media
Michael Specter, The New Yorker
Michael Meyer, Columbia Journalism Review
Jina Moore Salon (website), Columbia Journalism Review, The Atlantic
Frank Greve, CQ Researcher

Yang Xiao, Nieman Reports
Benjamin Wallace, New York magazine
Anna Griffin, Nieman Reports
Amanda Hess, Pacific Standard
Bob Garfield, Katya Rogers, On the Media
Bryan Burrough, Sarah Ellison, Suzanna Andrews, Vanity Fair

Peter Elkind, Fortune (magazine)
Celeste LeCompte, Nieman Reports
Matthew Billy, Between the Liner Notes
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, GQ
Frank Rich, New York (magazine)
Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Magazine

Sarah Esther Maslin, Columbia Journalism Review
Soraya Chemaly and Catherine Buni, The Verge
Eric Alterman, The Nation
Gabriel Sherman, New York (magazine)

Lois Parshley, Pacific Standard
Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times Magazine
Jack Shafer and Tucker Doherty, Politico
Amanda Robb, Reveal from Center for Investigative Reporting and Rolling Stone
Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain, The Washington Post
Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker
Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Rachel Abrams, Ellen Gabler, Susan Dominus, Jim Rutenberg and Steve Eder, The New York Times

Nominations & JudgingEdit

Nominations for the Mirror Awards are made online each year beginning in December. The competition is open to anyone who conducts reporting, commentary or criticism of the media industries. Eligible work includes print, broadcast and online editorial content focusing on the development or distribution of news and entertainment. Entries are evaluated based on excellence of craft, framing of the issue and appropriateness for the intended audience. Winners are chosen by a group of journalists and journalism educators.[1]


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  4. ^ Newhouse establishes John M. Higgins Award as part of annual Mirror Awards competition
  5. ^ Today's Meredith Vieira will MC June 14 Mirror Awards in NYC
  6. ^ Variety: Mirror Awards salute N.Y. journalists
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  8. ^ Mediabistro:Katie Couric to Host 2010 Mirror Awards
  9. ^ Mediabistro: Scarborough, Brzezinski, Bartiromo Tapped For Hosting Duty
  10. ^ Salon: Traister wins Mirror Award
  11. ^ a b Comcast CEO, Foursquare co-founders to be honored with Dressler, i-3 Awards Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Knight Foundation to receive i-3 award at Mirror Awards ceremony Archived 2012-12-14 at Archive.today
  13. ^ And The Winner Is...
  14. ^ Mirror Award Winners Announced
  15. ^ Newhouse School announces winners in third annual Mirror Awards Archived 2012-12-12 at Archive.today
  16. ^ Newhouse School announces winners in fourth annual Mirror Awards Archived 2012-12-15 at Archive.today
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  18. ^ 2012 Mirror Award winners announced Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Newhouse announces winners in 2013 Mirror Awards competition
  20. ^ Winners announced in Newhouse School's 2014 Mirror Awards competition
  21. ^ Winners announced in Newhouse School's 2015 Mirror Awards competition
  22. ^ Newhouse School announces winners in 10th annual Mirror Awards competition for media covering media
  23. ^ Winners announced in Newhouse School’s 11th annual Mirror Awards competition
  24. ^ 2018 Mirror Award winners announced today at New York City awards ceremony