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The Chicago Reporter led the honoree list of 17 "best practice" award winners on the coverage of race and ethnicity in the eighth annual Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's "Let's Do It Better!" Workshop competition.

The Chicago Reporter led the honoree list of 17 "best practice" award winners on the coverage of race and ethnicity in the eighth annual Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's "Let's Do It Better!" Workshop competition. The Reporter won the $1,000 Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, the highest recognition the school gives for newspaper reporting on racial issues.

The judges recognized the Reporter because of its "longstanding commitment to cover the struggles of race and poverty and for showing that a newspaper does not have to be a mainstream behemoth to undertake challenging and courageous work," said Arlene Morgan, the program's director.

The Reporter's contribution to Chicago Matters, the annual public information multimedia series initiated and funded by The Chicago Community Trust, was recognized for its "fresh feel," reporting on hot-button topics through a clear-eyed, informative and fair style. Morgan said the Reporter offers journalism "a model of how to tackle race issues with thorough reporting, a wide cast of sources and lively writing."

The Tobenkin prize was established in 1959 after the death of Paul Tobenkin, a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune who spent his career covering issues surrounding racial intolerance and discrimination.

Columbia's excellence awards competition drew more than 100 entries this year. The honored work is turned into presentations for an audience of news industry leaders and managers who attend a Ford Foundation-sponsored workshop in June designed to help them improve the diversity of their content and newsroom.
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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