Richard M. Clurman Award
The Richard M. Clurman Award honors superb on-the-job mentors who improve journalism by exemplifying excellence in nurturing, critiquing and inspiring young journalists. The award is named after the Chief of Correspondents of the Time-Life Service (1960–1969) and architect of the Livingston Awards.
The Award for 2013
When you ask Victor Navasky about mentoring young journalists, the first thing he tells you is “I've never thought of myself that way.” To those he counseled throughout their professional lives this would come as yet one more contradiction in the man who inspired, critiqued and encouraged them. Victor Navasky, has served as editor, publisher and now publisher emeritus of The Nation. He is the George Delacorte Professor of Magazine Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and chairman of Columbia Journalism Review. In 1978 Navasky started The Nation Internship Program, which will be renamed the Victor S. Navasky Internship Program this fall.
"Velvet steel," says Katrina vanden Heuvel, whom Navasky hired as an intern in 1978 and became his successor as editor and publisher. “That internship changed my life. But only after I had become editor did I realize how unusual a mentor Victor was. He was a true believer in independence - of journals, of countries and of those who sought his mentorship. He trusted you to make up your own mind, and he wasn't in the business of imposing linear advice.“
The Richard M. Clurman Legacy
Behind everyone who achieves something very important, very early, is an older someone who critiques, applauds, knows the ropes and maybe pulls a string. Richard M. Clurman was such a man, whose career at Time included the posts of Chief of Correspondents and head of the Time-Life News Service. Clurman oversaw a staff of 105 reporters, including those stationed in 34 cities abroad.
Clurman helped Mollie Parnis Livingston establish the Livingston Awards and was a founding member of the Foundation's board. When he died in May 1996, the Board and its panel of judges quickly decided to memorialize him with a new prize. Equally easily, they decided that he should be remembered as a superb, on-the-job mentor.