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 2014
Steven Brill's mentoring begins with his powerful example. Few rival him as a contemporary entrepreneur in journalism, in nearly all of its guises. In 1979 he founded The American Lawyer . He launched Court TV in 1991 and Journalism Online in 2009. Last year, he wrote "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us" for TIME, a best-selling magazine cover story that also became a most-clicked cover on TIME.com.
Most importantly, however, those he mentored remember his standards and his commitment - to them, personally, as well to journalism. Some he hired for one of his ventures, others he taught as students in the Yale Journalism Initiative, founded by endowment in 2006 by Brill and his wife, Cynthia.
On June 12, 2014, Jill Abramson presented Steven Brill, with the Richard M. Clurman Award. Brill hired Abramson for at the age of 27 for The American Lawyer. In describing Brill's mentoring style, Abramson said "Steve taught the crucial fundamentals, going deep and getting it right and writing vividly, even if he scrawled on one my early pieces for American Lawyer, 'Is English your native language?'"
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.