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2011 Opinion Journalism Contest Winners

   
Lois Kazakoff              Bob Davis

Kazakoff, Davis take top honors


Lois Kazakoff, deputy editorial page editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Bob Davis, editor of the Anniston Star, in Anniston, Ala., have been honored as opinion journalists of the year by the National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW). 

Founded in 1947, NCEW is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the craft of opinion journalism through education, professional development, exploration of issues of public importance and vigorous advocacy within journalism. NCEW is committed to promoting a healthier civic culture by raising the standards for public debate.

Kazakoff was chosen from newspapers with a circulation of 100,000 and more, and Davis from papers with circulation of 100,000 or less.

The NCEW also presented awards to the nation’s top opinion pages.  The winners are The Dallas Morning News (100,000+ circulation) and The Daily Times, in Salisbury, Md. (under 100,000 circulation).

The opinion writing honors were designed for the staff of a newspaper-based, broadcast, multi-media or web-only production. No prize was awarded in the in online category this year.

“Today’s open media environment has produced a cacophony of opinion, much of it non-factual, uninformed, abusive in tone and hidden in anonymity or false identities,“  said Froma Harrop, president of The National Conference of Editorial Writers.  “These winners are protecting our civic culture by presenting strong arguments written with skill and creativity. They are having an impact on public policy and the quality of our national discourse.”

Winners will be presented at the annual NCEW conference, which takes place this year in Indianapolis on Sept. 15-17.