Powerful Speeches Honor Charlie Hebdo, Legacy Of Daniel Pearl (VIDEO)

After a devastating terrorist attack, much of the world voiced their support for the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo with three words: “Je Suis Charlie” (I Am Charlie). Just days later, the survivors went to press with a cover that added three more words to the conversation: “Tout Est Pardonné” (All Is Forgiven). Even in their darkest hour, Charlie Hebdo provided a beacon of light for journalists everywhere. Their resilience demonstrated how violence cannot endure, while free speech must. They embodied the courage and integrity that the Daniel Pearl Award…

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An Unending Display of Courage

An Unending Display of Courage The Staff of Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo Accepts the Daniel Pearl Award   BY PATT MORRISON To this very day, and throughout the world—and often in the farther reaches of the world, whether a firefight in Syria or a park in Guatemala—journalists are getting murdered just for being journalists and practicing their craft. But on Jan. 7, 2015, murder happened not one by one, not in places far from the international seats of power, but to nine journalists killed at once, all shot to death,…

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Telling the Story and Being Part of the Fight

Telling the Story and Being Part of the Fight Vice News, the Recipient of the Press Club’s Public Service Award, Does Things Its Own Way, and Gets Results   BY LUCAS SHAW Shane Smith hosts a regular news show, but he has no illusions of being the next Walter Cronkite. Instead, he’s trying to create a new type of newscast, one that forgoes the longstanding tradition of dispassionate, objective reporting and replaces it with a more active style of service journalism. It’s a unique body of work that led the…

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Breaking Ground and Changing Industries

Breaking Ground and Changing Industries Quinn Award Winner Willow Bay’s Incredible Career Has Taken Her to Many Newsrooms, and Now to the Classroom   BY GRETCHEN PARKER MCCARTNEY Willow Bay, the director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, took a few detours before winding up in her chosen career. After a modeling career and an MBA from New York University, she finally got around to doing what she really wanted to do: reporting. Bay got her break on the NBC show “NBA Inside Stuff,” and went on to work…

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Daniel Pearl Award to Charlie Hebdo

Daniel Pearl Award to Charlie Hebdo The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to announce that the 2015 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism will go to Charlie Hebdo.   “We are deeply honored. Of course, we’ll accept,” said Gerard Biard, Editor-in-Chief of Charlie Hebdo. “No act of terrorism can stop freedom of speech. Giving the Daniel Pearl Award to Charlie Hebdo is a strong message to that effect,” said LA Press Club President Robert Kovacik of NBC4 Southern California. Since 2002 the Los Angeles Press Club…

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Leading by Example and Making the World a Better Place Too

Leading by Example and Making the World a Better Place Too Journalist and Former California First Lady Maria Shriver receives the Los Angeles Press Club’s Public Service Award   BY ALEX BEN BLOCK Although Maria Shriver already had a distinguished career in journalism, her life changed in 2003 when she woke up to find herself First Lady of California. Determined not to let her role be simply symbolic, she created pioneering programs and initiatives to help the working poor, military families and the disabled, and to champion women. She inherited…

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Giving a Voice to Those Who Have None

Giving a Voice to Those Who Have None Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Ann Curry Has Made a Career Out of Being Fair and Giving the World a Chance to Care   BY TED JOHNSON PHOTOS COURTESY OF NBC NEWS Ann Curry’s recent NBC News project, the digital documentary “Twitter Diplomacy,” was notable not only for the way it explored social media’s role in easing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, but in the behind-the-scenes access she and her team were granted on both sides of the negotiations. Curry, the recipient…

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Standing on the Side of Truth

Standing on the Side of Truth Veteran Middle East Journalist Khaled Abu Toameh Receives the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage in Journalism   It’s safe to say that Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli-Arab journalist and documentary filmmaker, has had a career unlike anyone in the room at tonight’s Southern California Journalism Awards. While many journalists have garnered enemies for their hard-hitting reporting, few have had to live and work amid the unpredictable atmosphere of a heated Middle East. That work has earned Toameh the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and…

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