MU School of Journalism recognizes 2010 honor medalists

Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 7:11 p.m. CDT; updated 11:23 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 28, 2010


For nearly 30 years James Balog has transcended the traditional conventions of nature photography. As founder and director of the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog examines the impact climate change is having on the world's glacial landscapes. Shocked by the changes he saw while shooting a June 2007 National Geographic cover story, "The Big Thaw," Balog initiated the most wide-ranging ground-based photographic study ever conducted using innovative time-lapse, video and conventional photography.


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Balog has been awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, the Aspen Institute's Visual Arts & Design Award, the International League of Conservation Photographers League Award and the North American Nature Photography Association's "Outstanding Photographer of the Year."


Cathleen Black, considered "The First Lady of American Magazines" and "one of the leading figures in American publishing over the past two decades" by the Financial Times, is chairman of Hearst Magazines, a division of Hearst Corporation and one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines. For more than 15 years, first as president and now as chairman, Black has managed the financial performance and development of 14 of the industry's best-known titles, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, O: The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Redbook and Town & Country. She also oversees nearly 200 international editions of those magazines in more than 100 countries.


Dorothy Gaiter, BJ  '73, retired recently from The Wall Street Journal, where she wrote the popular Tastings wine column with her husband. While a student at the school, Gaiter served as one of the founding editors of Blackout, a newspaper published by the University of Missouri's African-American students, and wrote for The Savitar, the MU yearbook. Following graduation, Gaiter worked as a reporter at the Miami Herald and an editor at the Miami News before joining The New York Times as a reporter for the Week in Review section, the metro desk and the style section. In 1984, Gaiter returned to the Miami Herald, where she became the paper's first African-American female editorial writer and regular op-ed columnist.

In 1990, Gaiter became a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York City, and by 1996 she had become the Journal's national news editor in charge of race and urban affairs coverage. Her writing on race was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and she won awards from the Newswomen's Club of New York and the National Association of Black Journalists.


Myron Kandel pioneered financial news on television, serving as CNN's founding financial editor and economic commentator for 25 years. In 2000, TJFR, a media industry publication, named him one of the 10 most influential financial journalists of the 20th century. He previously served as the financial editor of the Washington Star, the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Post. Kandel also was a reporter for The New York Times, a foreign correspondent for the Herald Tribune, a syndicated newspaper columnist and the editor of the New York Law Journal.

Kandel started his journalism career as a copy boy at The New York Times, working nights while completing his senior year at Brooklyn College and earning a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught journalism at Columbia and the City College of New York.


Retail. Mail order. Small agency. Large agency. Own agency. The impressive career of Larry Postaer, BJ '59, has spanned all of these in his 50 years on the creative side of the advertising business.

He began writing newspaper inserts for a now-defunct department store in Chicago earning $65 a week and soon moved on to be one of 80 copywriters for the former Sears catalog. His coveted assignment? Writing the back-cover announcement of an amazing product—the first-ever Silvertone color television.

Two years and dozens of applications later, Postaer got a copywriting job with a small Chicago advertising agency, Stern Walters & Simmons. The owners promoted him, at the age of 24, to creative director. Fourteen years later Postaer joined a major agency, Needham Harper & Steers, as vice president and group creative director. His group's client list included McDonald's, Anheuser-Busch, State Farm, Wrigley, Dial and General Mills' Hamburger Helper.


Sandy Rowe was the award-winning editor of The Oregonian in Portland from 1993 to January 2010. Under her leadership, the newspaper won five Pulitzer Prizes, including the Gold Medal for Public Service. Rowe is the 2010-2011 Knight Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University.

The National Press Foundation named Rowe the Editor of the Year in 2003. In 2008, Editor & Publisher magazine named her Editor of the Year. In 2010, the American Society of Newspaper Editors awarded Rowe its National Leadership Award.

Rowe chairs the Board of Visitors of The Knight Fellowships at Stanford University and is a board member of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. She is a member of Willamette University's Board of Trustees and of the Medill School of Journalism's Board of Visitors at Northwestern University.


ZETA Weekly Newspaper is the most credible and solid journalism institution in the northwestern region of Mexico. It holds a strong influence over the social, economic and political scene throughout the five counties in Baja California as well as other Mexican cities.

Founded April 11, 1980, in Tijuana, ZETA Weekly Newspaper stressed the ideals of freedom and independence of the press at a time when official statements and policies ruled and politicians were used to being praised by journalists. It also introduced the use of surveys as a journalism tool and exclusive interviews with the oppressed political opposition.


The Foundation for the Freedom of the Press was created in the mid '90s by a group of journalists who were worried about an average of seven colleagues being killed per year. They decided to join efforts to fight the violence, the impunity on those killings and other threats against the freedom of expression in Colombia. The FLiP (Fundacion Para la Libertad de Prensa) started with the idea to make a Colombian version of a survival kit for journalists, an effort spearheaded by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez.

The FLiP established a network to document attacks against journalists and the news media. It works on self-protection and freedom of expression fundamentals. The FLiP creates manuals and hosts workshops to teach journalists what they have to do to possible perpetrators, who could include the police and local authorities, and what not to do. The FLiP promotes victims' rights with the Colombian government program that now protects its 84 journalists.

Source: University of Missouri School of Journalism


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