News-Press Nine received Society of Professional Journalist’s award despite Wendy McCaw’s protests

The Society of Professional Journalists ignore Wendy McCaw’s letter requesting a review of facts contrary to “the claims and comments of those employees who resigned,” citing the lack of any rationale or explanation to prevent the Ethics in Journalism prizes to be awarded to the News-Press Nine.

Wendy McCaw
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Shannon Kelley

Wendy McCaw

The newspaper trade journal, Editor & Publisher, had a somewhat overheated headline introducing an otherwise fine recap of the leter received by Gary Hill, the chair of the SPJ Ethics committee, who will award the Ethics in Journalism Award August 26 to Jerry Roberts, former executive editor, George Foulsham, former managing editor, Don Murphy, former deputy managing editor, Gerry Spratt, former sports editor, Michael Todd, former business editor, Jane Hulse, former city editor, Colin Powers, former presentation editor, former columnist Barney Brantingham, and Scott Hadly, former reporter.

Editor & Publisher article

Two interesting snippets from that article:

There is more to this than has been reported, and leads one to wonder what personality or other issues are involved. We would urge you to carefully look at all the facts,” the letter, a copy of which was obtained by E&P, stated in part. “It is our belief that the SPJ is being used by this group to further their own personal and political agendas, and not as an expression of ethical principals.”

I do believe it should be principle in that last sentence. What did SPJ think of Ms. McCaw’s letter?

Hill said the letter did not offer a compelling reason for SPJ to hold back the awards. “We didn’t think that most of the response was germane to the ethical issues and went off on tangents and general matters we weren’t necessarily concerned with,” he said.

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