Bloomberg and Twitter will receive special recognition at the fourth annual Mirror Awards, to be presented by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Thursday, June 10, from 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at The Plaza Hotel in New York.
Bloomberg will receive the Fred Dressler Achievement Award, which “is given to individuals or organizations that have made distinct, consistent, and unique contributions to the public’s understanding of the media,” while Twitter will be presented with the i-3 award for impact, innovation, and influence.
ProPublica chief executive and editor in chief Paul E. Steiger will present the Dressler Award to Bloomberg News editor in chief Matthew Winkler and Bloomberg chief content officer Norman Pearlstine.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone will accept the i-3 award from Good Morning America anchor and ABC News chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos.
Newhouse School associate dean for professional and graduate studies Joel Kaplan, a member of the Mirror Awards Advisory Committee, said:
While most media organizations have been announcing cuts and furloughs, Bloomberg continues to expand. The company invests in quality journalism, and the results have been readily apparent. Bloomberg now employs teams of investigative reporters doing important work covering the business and financial communities. Its Freedom of Information lawsuit against the Federal Reserve forced the secretive agency to identify those companies in its emergency lending program. With Bloomberg’s recent purchase of BusinessWeek, the company is leading the way in multiplatform journalism that is destined to have an impact for many years go to come.
And Newhouse School associate professor of advertising Brian Sheehan, also a member of the Mirror Awards Advisory Committee, added:
Twitter has had a profound impact in its short life. Its simplicity is its power. 140-character bursts of digital information over the Web have effectively turned millions of people into media channels, seemingly overnight. It has increased the power of people to communicate their ideas within small communities, as well as across vast populations. From the mundane (Ashton Kutcher) to the poignant (Neda Soltan), Twitter has had global impact, simultaneously empowering individuals and threatening despots.