Well, we here at Truthdig already think he’s the best, but it’s fantastic news that the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has singled out veteran journalist, author and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Work in New Media Award.
This award from the SPJ/LA truly puts the “new” in new media, as it’s been in existence for only two years. Our heartiest congratulations to Scheer for his well-deserved honor, proving once again that his vision and voice have made their indelible mark, even in a medium that’s constantly changing. —KA
The Distinguished Work in New Media award was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses the new media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.
[...] Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of the Webby Award-winning Internet magazine Truthdig, has built a reputation for strong social and political writing during his 45 years as a journalist. Between 1964 and 1969, he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor-in-chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993, he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing on such diverse topics as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. In 1993, he launched a syndicated column now based at Truthdig. He has written nine books, including his latest, the L.A. Times’ bestseller, “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.” Scheer is a co-host of the weekly political radio program “Left, Right & Center” on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, and also is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He lives in Los Angeles.