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“Lost in Translation” Receives the AAUP’s Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education

June 15, 2012
For more information, please contact Robin Burns

Washington, DC— Writers Daniel Golden and Oliver Staley of Bloomberg News are this year’s recipient of the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education, given annually by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The winning entry, “Lost in Translation,” was a five article series that ran from May 5 – December 20, 2011.

The AAUP’s purpose in giving this award is to recognize exceptional journalism and to encourage thoughtful, in-depth coverage of issues that are critical to faculty and higher education. “Our series revealed some of the problems and challenges posed by the rapid globalization of American universities, particularly in regard to China,” Golden explains. “Our findings don’t necessarily mean that American universities should pull back from opening campuses in China, hosting Confucius Institutes, and other such interactions. They do mean that universities should pay more attention to the trade-offs in terms of academic freedom and exploitation of foreign students.”

Dane S. Claussen, one of the judges, said about the series, “Much of what is covered was previously unknown or very little known, certainly not well understood by many. The reporting is thorough, creative, and highly appropriate, and each article is extremely well organized and written.” Writer and judge Beryl Lieff Benderly commented, “Skillful writing and vivid examples make this disturbing material a pleasure to read.” 

Bloomberg editor at large Clark Hoyt will accept the award on behalf of Golden and Staley. Cat Warren, editor of Academe, will present the award at Saturday’s award banquet.

About the judges:

Beryl Benderly’s “The Real Science Gap” won last year’s Molotsky award. Her articles have appeared in Miller-McCune, Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, Prism, Science, Slate, Smithsonian, and the New York Times, among many other prominent publications.  In addition, Benderly is the author of eight books, has appeared on CNN and the “Today Show,” and has taught science and health writing.

Dane S. Claussen is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, author of Anti-intellectualism in American Media, and editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. Until December 2010, he was chair of faculty and professor at the School of Communication, Point Park University.

Cat Warren has been a reporter for several newspapers across the United States, including the Hartford Courant. In 1995, she joined the faculty at North Carolina State, where she has taught a wide range of courses in journalism and media and in gender studies. In addition to being the editor of Academe, she publishes in journalistic venues as well as in academic ones—on media criticism, cultural studies, and issues in higher education.

The Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education is named for Iris Molotsky, who retired from the AAUP in 2001 after nineteen years of service as director of
public information. 

“Lost in Translation” is available online at  For more information, please contact Robin Burns..

The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that promotes academic freedom by supporting tenure, academic due process, and standards of quality in higher education. The AAUP has approximately 47,000 members at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Media Contact: 
Robin Burns
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 15, 2012