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James Risen Wins Guild's Herbert Block Freedom Award

The Newspaper Guild-CWA is proud to announce that the Herbert Block Freedom Award will be presented to embattled New York Times reporter James Risen, who has risked his own freedom to protect the principles that are essential for a truly free press. James Risen did what great journalists do,” TNG-CWA President Bernie Lunzer said. “He dug for information, developed sources who trusted him and ultimately exposed some of the hard truths behind the war on terrorism. Without jeopardizing national security, he told Americans what their government wouldn’t. That is his job, the job of all journalists. And we are all better for it.”

Students' Stories on Homelessness Win 2014 Barr Awards

Two student journalists who each wrote detailed, moving accounts of homelessness in their communities are the 2014 winners of The Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award. Victor Ferreira, who just graduated from Toronto's Ryerson University School of Journalism, is the college winner for his article, "Toronto's Missing Shelter Beds" published in the online magazine, "The Grid." Rachel C. Hartwick from Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, won for "Home (Isn't) Where the Heart Is," published in her high school newsmagazine, "Spark," where she is features and broadcast managing editor. The awards are given in honor of the Guild's late lawyer, David S. Barr, a champion of social justice. Judges look not only for outstanding work, but stories that reflect Barr's values.