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Scheer Wins Major Award, Truthdig Nominated for Another

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Posted on Apr 10, 2012
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Robert Scheer won the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi award of the Society of Professional Journalists for his columns on the economy.

Tuesday was a big day at Truthdig HQ, what with the news that our own Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer has won the Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award in the Online Column Writing (Independent) category and word of Truthdig’s nomination for the 2012 Webby Award in Politics.

Here’s a link to the Webby page featuring a group of competitors among which we’re honored to be included: NPR Politics, Politico, FactCheck.org and OpenSecrets.org. Readers can check out Scheer’s winning lineup of columns about the Great Recession at the SPJ site here. Bravo, Bob!

SPJ.org:

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

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By Skipper John, April 30, 2012 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

Bravo, Bob. Good job.

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By heterochromatic, April 13, 2012 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

hey chinny gigante, what is the wonderful choice that
you and the true are heading to?

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By jo6pac, April 11, 2012 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

Yes very good Robert.

Thanks thecrow for the Gary Webb link.

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By thecrow, April 11, 2012 at 4:55 am Link to this comment

“In seventeen years of doing this, nothing bad had happened to me.  I was never fired or threatened with dismissal if I kept looking under rocks.  I didn’t get any death threats that worried me.  I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, and judging journalism contests.

So how could I possibly agree with people like Noam Chomsky and Ben Bagdikian, who were claiming the system didn’t work, that it was steered by powerful special interests and corporations, and existed to protect the power elite?  Hell, the system worked just fine, as far as I could tell.  It encouraged enterprise.  It rewarded muckraking.

And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been.  The reason I’d enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn’t been, as I’d assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job.  It turned out to have nothing to do with it.  The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn’t written anything important enough to suppress.”

- Gary Webb, from Into the Buzzsaw

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/gary-webbs-parting-sh0t/

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By heterochromatic, April 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

kudos, Scheer.

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By bigchin, April 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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Strange honor for a guy who, just last week, told me I have NO CHOICE but to vote for the appeaser to the 1%, Barack Obama.

Believe me, Mr. Scheer, there are other choices and a lot of true progressives will be making them

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