Livingston Judges Name 2014 finalists

The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists and the University of Michigan named the 2014 finalists in local, national and international reporting.  The finalists, who represent the top ten percent of entries received, will move to the final round of judging. The awards honor the best professionals under the age of 35 in traditional and new forms of journalism.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Michigan to support a new emphasis on digital media efforts, the program continues to see an increase in digital submissions, with a 21 percent increase in digital entries over last year. Since the funding initiative began two years ago, digital entries increased 125 percent and overall entries increased 53 percent.

The Livingston Awards national judging panel will review all final entries and meet in person to select the winners in local, national and international reporting. The national judges are Christiane Amanpour, host of CNN International’s “Amanpour,” and chief international correspondent, CNN; Ken Auletta, media and communications writer, The New Yorker; Dean Baquet, executive editor, The New York Times; Ellen Goodman, author and co-founder and director of The Conversation Project; John Harris, editor-in-chief, POLITICO; Clarence Page, syndicated columnist; Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor, “The CBS Evening News;” Anna Quindlen, author; and Kara Swisher, CEO, Revere Digital and co-executive editor, Re-Code.

"Being named a finalist signifies high achievement and the promise of more and even better things to come,” said Charles Eisendrath, Livingston Awards founding director. “Each year, the judging process begins with a reading out of the names, titles and subjects of this fine work. Then follows a discussion among the judges that I consider the best seminar of the year about the ingredients of great journalism, no matter in which branch of the media."

The national judges will introduce the winners on June 1, 2015, at a New York City luncheon.

The 2014 finalists, who include print, broadcast and digital journalists, are:

International Reporting
Matthieu Aikins, Matter/Medium; Evelyn Baker, Roberto Daza, Dan Lieberman and Dax Tejera, Fusion Network; Aya Batwary, The Associated Press; Shane Bauer, Mother Jones; Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed News; Jason Motlagh, The Virginia Quarterly Review; Chika Oduah,; Alexis Okeowo, The New York Times Magazine; Mark Oltmanns, Patrick Winn, GlobalPost; Simon Ostrovsky, VICE News; Whitney Shefte, The Washington Post; Ben C. Solomon, The New York Times; William Wan, The Washington Post; and Joshua Yaffa, Bloomberg Businessweek.

National Reporting
Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker; Katie Baker, BuzzFeed News; Rob Barry, Coulter Jones, Nathaniel Lash, The Wall Street Journal; Brian Burnsed, NCAA Champion; Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project; Adam Doster, The Atlantic; Connie Fossi, Roderick Avila, Fusion Network; Michael Gaynor, Washingtonian Magazine; Dana Goldstein, The Marshall Project in partnership with Slate; Greg Hanlon, SB Nation; Danielle Ivory, Rebecca R. Ruiz, The New York Times; Stephanie Kuzydym,; Patrick Lee, Bloomberg News; Megan McCloskey, ProPublica; Kevin Pang, Lucky Peach; Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News; Almudena Toral, The Guardian US; and Shoshana Walter, Ryan Gabrielson, The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Local Reporting
Jacob Carpenter, Naples Daily News; Kiera Feldman, The New Republic/The Investigative Fund; Monica Hesse, The Washington Post; Sharyn Jackson, The Des Moines Register; Jessica Lipscomb, Naples Daily News; Ashly McGlone, U-T San Diego; J. David McSwane, Austin American-Statesman; Casey Parks, The Oregonian; Jake Pearson, The Associated Press; Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY); Brian M. Rosenthal, The Seattle Times; Frank G. Runyeon, The New York Times; Daliah Singer, 5280; Lisa Song, Rosalind Adams, InsideClimate News; Dan Sullivan, Tampa Bay Times; Kyle Swenson, Cleveland Scene; Kristopher Turner, The Toledo Blade; and Allison Vance, Indianapolis Monthly.



Digital leaders added to Livingston Awards judging panels

Three leading digital journalists have become judges of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, the largest all-media, general reporting prizes in the U.S. Kara Swisher, co-CEO of Revere Digital and co-executive editor of Re/code, joined the panel of national judges; formerly, she co-hosted "D: All Things Digital," The Wall Street Journal 's influential online conferences.

Evan Smith and Chris Davis joined the Livingston program as part of the regional judging group that reduces hundreds of entrants to a manageable number of finalists. Smith is the co-founder, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, one of the most successful nonprofit news start-ups. Davis is managing editor for data and investigations at the Tampa Bay Times, Florida's largest daily.

Widely known as "the Pulitzer Prize for the young" the Livingston Awards, administered at the University of Michigan with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, specialize in identifying major talent at an early age and presenting it to an audience of leading media figures at a large awards lunch in New York. Past recipients include Thomas Friedman, Christiane Amanpour, Michele Norris, David Isay, Ira Glass, Steve Coll, Rick Atkinson and David Remnick.

In 2012 the prizes began an outreach to new media, resulting in increases of 85 percent in digital entries, 50 percent overall.

In addition to Swisher, the national judging panel includes: Christiane Amanpour of CNN and ABC News; Ken Auletta, media and communications writer, The New Yorker; Dean Baquet, executive editor, The New York Times; Ellen Goodman, author and co-founder and director of The Conversation Project; John Harris, editor-in-chief, POLITICO; Clarence Page, syndicated columnist; and Anna Quindlen, author.

In addition to Smith and Davis, the regional judging panel includes: David Greene, host, "Morning Edition," NPR; Shirley Leung, columnist, The Boston Globe; Raney Aronson-Rath, deputy executive producer, "Frontline," PBS; Amy Silverman, managing editor, Phoenix New Times; and Debra Adams Simmons, VP of News Development, Advance Local.