Journalism Advisory Council
Journalism Advisory Council
Anthony Cook, Chairman
Editor, Talladega (Ala.) Daily Home
Kendra Carter, Vice Chair
Web Content Coordinator, School of Medicine at UAB
Reta A. McKannan, Immediate Past Chair
Attorney, Reta A. McKannan, P.C.
Magazine consultant, Birmingham, Ala.
Southeast Political Reporter, Associated Press
Senior Editor, SEC Country
News Director, Iowa City Press-Citizen
Corporate Affairs and Communications, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
News Director, WSFA-12, Montgomery
Mobile curator, Alabama Media Group
Publisher, Andalusia Star-News
Real Estate Editor, Birmingham Business Journal
Creative Division Vice President, Partners by Design
Sports Editor, Dothan Eagle
Executive Director, Alabama Press Association
Associate Producer for Documentaries, CNN
Editorial Page Editor, Dothan Eagle
Sports Editor (retired), The Huntsville Times
Policy Analyst, Alabama Governor’s Office
Helen Northcutt White
Editorial Assistant, Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times Magazines
Publisher, The Valley (Ala.) Times–News
Auburn Journalism Awards
Every year, the Journalism Advisory Council honors five distinguished journalists for their dedication and contribution to journalism at Auburn University and beyond. We invite you to nominate candidates for the Auburn Journalism Awards. These awards recognize deserving professionals in five categories with Alabama backgrounds.
Below are the awards categories and criteria:
• Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, achieved while practicing community-based, or local, journalism in Alabama.
• Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, achieved while practicing community-based, or local, sports journalism in Alabama.
• Distinguished Special Achievement In Journalism. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, enhancing or beneficially reflecting upon the practice of journalism, achieved in the state or by one who has lived, worked or attended college in Alabama.
• Distinguished Mass Media Achievement. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, in mass media disciplines, achieved in the state or by one who has lived, worked or attended college in Alabama.
• Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus. This honors a distinguished body of work, or career, past or present, by an AU Journalism alumnus, and is not restricted to the practice of journalism, recognizing that AU-J alums have succeeded admirably in other fields.
Please provide appropriate background information and make a case for your nominee, specifying her or his category. Each nomination requires a separate letter or email, even if you nominate someone for multiple awards. For each nominee, include current contact data if possible. If you nominated someone not chosen in the past, try again. Recipients have been chosen after multiple nominations. A panel of nine judges decides recipients, which are to be presented in fall.
You can submit nominations online by clicking here:
The Advisory Council established these awards in 2005 “to recognize and celebrate the best and most enduring professionals in our field” who work inside or outside of the state, but have Alabama roots. Only the AU Journalism Alumnus award requires that the recipient has an Auburn University journalism connection, and it is not restricted to those in the practice of journalism. The advisory council realizes “numerous AU journalism alumni have succeeded admirably in a variety of fields.”
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DISTINGUISHED AU JOURNALISM ALUMNUS
2017 Kay Acton, Magazine Consultant
2016 David Housel, Athletics Director Emeritus, Auburn University
2015 Buddy Davidson, Sports Information Director, Auburn University
2014 Rob Rainey, Owner, Rob Rainey Video
2013 Ace Atkins, Novelist
2012 Vickey Hunt Williams, Senior Producer, al.com
2011 Dewey W. English Jr., Managing Editor, The (Mobile) Press-Register
2010 Paul Hemphill, Columnist, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Author
2009 Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Syndicated Columnist, Author
2008 Cynthia Tucker, Editorial Page Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2007 Jerry Brown, Dean of the Journalism School, The University of Montana
2006 Dennis Bailey, Attorney & Chief Counsel, Alabama Press Association
2005 Jack Simms, Journalism Professor Emeritus, Auburn University
DISTINGUISHED MASS MEDIA ACHIEVEMENT
2017 Tim Dorsey, Novelist
2016 Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
2015 Bob Sanders, Radio Personality, WAUD-AM, Auburn, Ala.
2014 Mark Winne, Investigative Reporter, WSB-TV 2 (Atlanta)
2013 Phillip Rawls, Alabama Statehouse Reporter, Associated Press
2012 Jim Wooten, Reporter, ABC News
2011 Jim Stewart, Reporter, CBS News
2010 Howell Raines, Editor, The New York Times, Author
2009 John Logue, Founding Editor, Southern Living; Editor-in-Chief, Oxmoor House; Author
2007 Robert B. Ingram Jr., Columnist, Montgomery Advertiser; Publisher, ALABAMA Magazine; Ed. Director, WSFA-TV, Montgomery
2005 Don Logan, Chairman, Media and Communications Group, Time Warner
DISTINGUISHED ALABAMA COMMUNITY SPORTS JOURNALIST
2018 Phillip Marshall, Sports Writer, Huntsville Times
2017 Mark Murphy, Publisher, Inside the Auburn Tigers
2015 Paul South,
2014 Bill Shelton, Sports Editor, The Cullman Times
2013 Mike Easterling, Former Columnist and Prep Sports Editor, The Huntsville Times
2012 Ron Ingram, Communication Director Alabama High School Athletic Association
2011 Jon Johnson, Sports Editor, The Dothan Eagle
2010 George H. Smith, Sports Editor, The Anniston Star
2009 Shannon Allen, Sports Editor, The Sand Mountain Reporter, Albertville
2008 Jimmy Smothers, Sports Editor, The Gadsden Times
2007 John Pruett, Sports Editor, The Huntsville Times
2006 Charles H. Land, Sports Editor, The Tuscaloosa News
DISTINGUISHED ALABAMA COMMUNITY JOURNALIST
2017 Bill Keller, Former Executive Director, Alabama Press Association
2016 Gillis Morgan, Associate Professor Emeritus of Journalism, Auburn University
2015 Bruce McLellan, Online Editor, Decatur Daily?Florence Times-Daily
2014 John Ehinger, Editorial Page Editor, The Huntsville Times
2013 Guy N. Rhodes, Publisher and Editor, The Tuskegee News
2012 Cy Wood, Publisher, Valley Times-News
2011 Carol Pappas, Publisher, Daily Home, Talladega/Owner, Partners by Design, Inc.
2010 John W. Stevenson, Publisher and Editor, The Randolph Leader
2009 Jean and Goodloe Sutton, Managing Editor and Publisher, The Democrat-Reporter, Linden
2008 Sam Harvey, Editor, The Advertiser-Gleam, Guntersville
2007 Alvin Benn, Reporter, Columnist, Montgomery Advertiser
2006 Joel P. Smith Sr., Publisher, The Eufaula Tribune
2005 Paul R. Davis, Columnist, Publisher, Davis Publications
ROY BAIN DISTINGUISHED SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN JOURNALISM
2017 Don Moseley, Political and Investigative Producer, WMAQ-TV, Chicago
2016 Ken Hare, Editorial Page Editor, Montgomery Advertiser
2014 Harvey H. "Hardy" Jackson, Professor and Eminent Scholar, Jacksonville State University
2013 Ed Williams, Professor, Auburn University
2012 Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University
2011 Ronald B. Casey, Editorial Page Editor, The Birmingham News
2010 David E. White, Alabama Legislative Reporter, The Birmingham News
2009 Kathryn Tucker Windham, Journalist, Author, Humorist
2008 Brett Blackledge, Reporter, The Birmingham News
2007 Dr. Edward Mullins, Professor, Journalism Chair, Dean of College of Communication & Information Sciences, The University of Alabama
2006 Dr. Bailey Thomson, Editorialist, Columnist, Journalism Professor, The University of Alabama
Note: Awards are not necessarily bestowed annually. Generally, the posts listed are those held at the time of recipients’ recognition and do not necessarily reflect current status.
Advisory Council Announces 2017 Award Winners
AU Journalism to Honor Distinguished Journalists
AUBURN, AL – Award-winning broadcast news producer Don Moseley is one of five veteran media professionals selected to receive 2017 Auburn Journalism Honors awards on Sept. 15.
The other four honorees are Kay Acton, magazine industry veteran; sports journalist Mark Murphy; Bill Keller, long-time executive director of the Alabama Press Association and journalism faculty member at the University of Alabama; and best-selling author Tim Dorsey.
The annual awards are to be presented during a luncheon at the Marriott Grand National, hosted by the Auburn University Journalism Advisory Council. The luncheon and program begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets cost $35 each.
Recipients and their awards are: Moseley – Roy Bain Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism; Acton – Distinguished AU Journalism Alumnus; Keller – Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist; Murphy – Distinguished Alabama Community Sports Journalist; and Dorsey – Distinguished Mass Media Achievement.
Don Moseley is a director of the Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence at DePaul University. To that position, he brings the experiences of a long and distinguished broadcast journalism career.
He has served as an award-winning news producer for WMAQ-TV in Chicago before spending several years as a producer for CBS News, where he contributed stories to 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, 48 Hours and other programs.
Moseley has been honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award twice, most recently in 2016 for his role in a WMAQ investigative report on the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.
Acton, a 1984 graduate in public relations/journalism, has been associated with some of the magazine industry’s most popular titles, through her work with Southern Progress.
Acton first distinguished herself as editor of Weight Watchers magazine, turning around an established title that had lost its previous popularity. She brought new life to the magazine, reversing a decline in circulation and earning a “most improved” award for the magazine from the Association for Women in Communication.
After that, she became executive editor, and then vice president and editor-in-chief for Coastal Living magazine. Under her years of leadership, the magazine won editorial excellence awards and was recognized for its cultural popularity.
More recently, she has served as a magazine consultant, a member of several journalism-related advisory committees for Auburn, and a generous supporter of the Auburn journalism program.
Bill Keller’s impact on Alabama journalism is measured in three distinct roles: as a newspaper journalist, executive director of the Alabama Press Association, and faculty member at the University of Alabama.
He was managing editor for the Sand Mountain Reporter, a reporter for the Tuscaloosa News and editor/publisher of the Talladega Daily Home before becoming executive director of the Alabama Press Association. There, he was a strong advocate for open courts and the rights of journalists, particularly at the college level.
Since 2004, he has been inspiring the next generation of news professionals at the University of Alabama. He teaches news writing and reporting and coordinates the master’s degree in community journalism that the University offers through the Anniston Star.
A native of Auburn, Mark Murphy has served the community of Auburn sports fans for the past 36 years as editor and publisher of Inside the Auburn Tigers. He has also navigated the publication through the transition from print magazine to online and social media, and to its current relationship with the Scout.com sports publishing company.
A former sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman, Murphy was sports editor at the Selma Times-Journal for a year and worked with the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer for six years before joining Inside the Auburn Tigers.
Following a stint in newspaper journalism, Tim Dorsey embarked on a career writing popular novels that combine south Florida satire with the escapades of Serge Storms, who has been described as a serial killer with a strong sense of justice.
Through 23 novels, Dorsey has captivated a growing, loyal following with his books. His book signings and readings are lively parties, often featuring live music.
Dorsey served as editor of The Auburn Plainsman student newspaper from 1982-83. After graduation, he worked for the Montgomery Advertiser and Tampa Tribune, rising to night metro editor before his first book was published and he devoted himself full time to his career as a novelist.
The AU Journalism Advisory Council established these awards in 2004 to recognize and celebrate the best and most enduring professionals in its field, both in this state and those outside it with Alabama roots. Only the AU Journalism Alumnus award must go to someone with Auburn connections.
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Last Updated: March 12, 2018