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IUPUI Journalism Professor Wins Second Award for Press Criticism

IUPUI journalism Professor Sherry Ricchiardi
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July 21, 2009

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IUPUI journalism Professor Sherry Ricchiardi has won the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism for a second time.

National Press Club award winners are considered the best at their craft. The Rowse award recognizes excellence in the critique of media coverage.

Ricchiardi, a senior contributing writer for the American Journalism Review, is the 2009 Rowse Award winner in the category for articles published in newspapers, magazines, newsletter and online.

The IUPUI professor’s award honors AJR articles she wrote in 2008 “about the media's lack of coverage of the war in Iraq; how well the media scrutinized the Bush administration's allegations against Iran; coverage of the war in Afghanistan; and the Chauncey Bailey Project, a joint effort by a coalition of West Coast news outlets to investigate the murder of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey,” said a report on the AJR Web site.

“We're very proud that Sherry has received this well-deserved honor,” said Rem Rieder, editor and publisher of AJR, in the award announcement. “She is a wonderful journalist who is truly passionate about what she does.”

Ricchiardi also won a Rowse Award in 2003 and received an honorable mention in 2006.

“This is the second time that Sherry Ricchiardi has won the prestigious Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.,” said James Brown, executive associate dean and professor of the School of Journalism at IUPUI.

“Her body of work considered this year included American Journalism Review stories on journalistic coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her dogged pursuit of truth in important stories has earned her a national reputation for press criticism. These same characteristics make her one of the best teachers of journalism in the country.”

At the School of Journalism at IUPUI, Ricchiardi teaches news writing and reporting; international communication; media ethics; magazine/feature writing; literary journalism and race, gender and media. The professor also developed a course titled “Foreign Studies in Journalism: Following the Path of the Pulitzer,” which includes two weeks of field work in former war zones of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Judges for the 3,500-member National Press Club, the leading professional organization for journalists, evaluated 139 entries in 18 categories for the annual awards. Ricchiardi and the other winners will receive their awards during the NPC Annual Journalism Awards Dinner on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009.