NBC News anchor Ann Curry received The Joseph M. Quinn Award For Lifetime Achievement in Journalistic Excellence last night from the LA Press Club. Curry was honored along with Michael Bloomberg and Mathew Winkler of Bloomberg News, both of whom accepted the President’s Award for Impact on Media, and Maria Shriver who received the Public Service Award.
Curry worked as a reporter at KCBS in Los Angeles from 1984-1990. In her acceptance speech Curry talked about keeping TV news “pure.”
This new generation wants to laugh at hysterical YouTube videos, who doesn’t? But they also want journalism to be relevant, fathomless, and fearless and most of all, pure. Free from influences and motivations about things like where the money is coming from. So, while a lot is changing some things will remain, including that our credibility will be only as strong as the wall between the reporters and advertising.