The Fred Friendly First Amendment Award
The Fred Friendly First Amendment award is presented annually to a journalist who has shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.
The award, given out by the School of Communications, bears the name of the former CBS News president and champion of freedom of speech. Past recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Bill Moyers, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, Robert MacNeil, Don Hewitt, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, Christiane Amanpour, Tom Bettag, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Steve Kroft, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.
Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer," was among more than 100 guests at the 2012 award ceremony, held in New York City.
Other guests included former "World News" anchor Charles Gibson; George Stephanopoulos, co-anchor of "Good Morning America"; Barbara Walters, creator and co-host of ABC's "The View"; and ABC correspondents and anchors Ron Claiborne, David Kerley and Terry Moran. Network executives included executive producers Jon Banner, Marc Burstein, Tom Cibrowski, Michael Corn, James Goldston, David Reiter, vice president of news, and Robin Sproul, vice president and Washington bureau chief.
More School of Communications Spotlights
An internship with Fox led to a job for Carley Shimkus '09. She's now the associate producer for the popular syndicated radio show "Imus in the Morning."
Communications professor Nancy Worthington loves to bring real-life examples from popular culture and the media into her classroom. “It really lets students sink in their teeth and learn a concept.”
When news breaks on campus, one of the first students to know is Sunny Nariyani. The senior film, video and interactive media major is general manager of the student TV station, Q30.
Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center
The Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center features a spacious, professional all-digital high definition television studio, an advanced Pro Tools HD audio recording and mixing studio, a journalism technology center and more.