ICFJ Honorees Fight for Journalism that Defends the Truth in Divisive Times

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Joyce with winners 2019

Last night, at ICFJ’s 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner, we celebrated outstanding journalists who speak truth to power and have great impact. The honorees challenged journalists to fight corruption, speak up for the powerless and stand up to those who seek to distort the truth. 

  • Marty Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post, called on journalists to be “unshakably committed to our mission in a democracy.” He said journalists have no alternative but to push back against those who cynically distort the truth in the service of political ambition. Baron was honored with the ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism for a lifetime commitment to the highest professional standards. Read more or watch his tribute video and remarks.
  • Elizabeth Palmer, CBS News’ senior international correspondent, said strong international reporting is one of the most powerful weapons against “dog-whistle populism” and politicians who work to divide people into “us” and “them.” She received ICFJ’s Excellence in International Reporting Award for her courageous reports from global hotspots. Read more or watch her tribute video and remarks.
  • Serbia is a good case study for how autocrats dismantle a democracy, said Knight Award winner Stevan Dojčinović, founder of the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) in Serbia. He said his country is a weak democracy compared to the U.S. but warned that the same thing could happen here, beginning with undermining the media. Read more or watch his tribute video and remarks.
  • Journalists must strive to tell stories that change perceptions and make people’s lives better, said Rose Wangui, a features reporter with Kenya’s NTV and our other Knight Award honoree. She tackles tough issues such as sexual bondage of young girls and violence against Kenyan women workers overseas with great compassion. Read more or watch her tribute video and remarks.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer served as master of ceremonies for the evening. New Yorker and CBS News cartoonist Liza Donnelly provided live coverage of the night’s event. Please check out her terrific drawings, and our photo gallery.

We want to thank all of you who made a donation to support our programs that empower an unparalleled global network of journalists. Our work is more essential than ever, so please consider making a contribution. 

We’re so glad you could join us for this special celebration of great journalism.

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