Join 600 media luminaries to celebrate a single powerful idea: Quality journalism makes a difference in the lives of people everywhere.
In the keynote address, Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron said "serious attention" should be given to protecting journalists at a time when autocratic governments and terrorist groups "see killing, kidnapping, maiming and jailing reporters as all in a day's nasty work." Read the story, watch the video or read his remarks.
In accepting her award, Lesley Stahl, correspondent for CBS's "60 Minutes," saluted the “intrepid, hero journalists overseas who just won’t give up” despite threats and other “dark clouds” over the profession. “There is definitely an imperative that drives many people in our profession.” Watch her acceptance speech or her tribute video.
In a special video, Secretary of State John Kerry praised ICFJ for providing "an indispensable platform of support for journalists across the globe who are telling stories the world needs to hear, about human trafficking, organized crime, terrorist operations..." Read more or watch the video.
Knight Award winner Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye said that women are now making their mark as top editors in Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation. At Punch, she is the first woman to lead the Sunday edition and another woman is the Saturday editor. "This is a major feat in a country like mine...where editorship has been preserved for men-up to now." Read her remarks, watch the video or watch her tribute video.
Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab Wilhelm, who also received the Knight Award, said that "democracy is in the making" in Mexico, "but journalism has not served it that well." Too many journalists "devote time and space to bickering politicians, letting public relations experts dictate the agenda." She praised "disobedient reporters who step off the well-worn path and ask the tough questions." Read her remarks, watch the video.