...The Edwin Diamond Award ...

Professor and Media Critic Receives 1997 
Bart Richards Lifetime Achievement Award

University Park, Pa. — Edwin Diamond, renowned media critic and professor of journalism, is the recipient of the 1997 Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism's Lifetime Achievement Award for his career in writing and teaching media criticism. The Bart Richards Award, sponsored by the Penn State College of Communications, recognizes outstanding contributions to the improvement of print and broadcast journalism through responsible analysis or critical evaluation.

The posthumous award was announced by Terri Brooks, dean of the College of Communications. Diamond died last fall at the age of 72. A June 2 ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., will honor his illustrious career, and will feature guest speakers David Laventhol, editor-at-large, Times Mirror; Everette Dennis, director of the Center for Communications, Fordham University; and Robert Silverman, manager of corporate communications, NBC Diamond's daughter, Ellen, will accept the award on her father's behalf.

Diamond's career spanned more than 45 years, during which he won numerous awards working for newspapers, magazines, wire services, and television stations in Chicago, Washington, New York, and Boston. From 1958 to 1970, he was a reporter, writer, and senior editor at Newsweek, where he covered the birth of the U.S. space program, science, technology, and other beats of national significance. From 1984 to 1994, he was the media columnist and contributing editor for New York magazine. Among his various other media affiliations, he was a co-founder of Washington Journalism Review, where he served as senior editor from 1977 to 1980.
From 1984 to 1997, Diamond was a professor of journalism at New York University, where he served as director of the News Study Group, a research organization he founded in 1972 as a professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1994 to 1996, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program in      ; Communications Policy Studies in Washington.
"Ed was intensely diligent about encouraging the highest journalistic aspirations and standards among his NYU students; he was a role model and mentor to hundreds," said Brooks, who chaired NYU's Department  of Journalism until 1992.

"He was my journalism education," adds Robert Silverman, who is one of the professor's former students.   "I majored in Ed Diamond."

During the last two years of his career, Diamond embraced digital journalism, serving as a contributing editor to PoliticsNow.com, a web site devoted to coverage of politics formed by ABC News, The Washington Post Company and Times Mirror Corp., where he wrote a weekly media column titled "Medium Cool."

Judging this year's award were Woodene Merriman, recently retired assistant to the editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; David Shaw, media critic for the Los Angeles Times; and Everette Dennis, who is former executive director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center.

The Bart Richards Award was endowed in 1994 by George T. Richards, president and chief executive officer of Vitex Packaging Inc. in Granby, Conn., in memory of his father, Bart Richards, a former reporter and editor for the New Castle News in Pennsylvania.
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