"Broken Pledges" and “Cuts Affect Doctoral Programs” Receive Awards for Excellence

May 20, 2014
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Bloomberg Series “Broken Pledges” Receives the AAUP’s Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education; Brandeis University’s The Justice wins Award for Excellence in Student Coverage for “Cuts Affect Doctoral Programs”

Washington, DC—Writers David Glovin and John Hechinger of Bloomberg News are this year’s recipients of the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education, given annually by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). 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. “The ‘Broken Pledges’ series of stories is relentless in its chilling details that show how fraternity life has changed dramatically in just the last twenty years,” said Dane S. Claussen, one of the judges. “Any parent, donor, or politician who thinks the Greek system is the only part of higher education that hasn’t changed is obviously sadly mistaken; the national fraternities protect only themselves, while universities protect themselves from fraternities when they aren’t conspiring with them. Of course, average students are the victims.”

David Glovin covers the Manhattan federal court for Bloomberg News. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Boston University’s School of Law, Glovin has been with Bloomberg since 1999, covering legal affairs from New York. John Hechinger is a reporter-at-large on Bloomberg’s enterprise team in Boston, where he specializes in education reporting. Before joining Bloomberg in 2010, Hechinger, a graduate of Yale University, was a senior special writer at the Wall Street Journal and a projects reporter at the Charlotte (NC) Observer. The Iris Molotsky Award will be presented at the AAUP’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 14.

Additionally, this year the AAUP presented a new award, the Martin D. Snyder Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education, for high-caliber reporting in student newspapers. Martin Snyder, an advocate of student journalism, served as the AAUP’s associate general secretary and as director of the AAUP’s Department of External Relations. The inaugural winner of the award is Marissa Ditkowsky, who won for her story “Cuts Affect Doctoral Program.” The story ran in Brandeis University’s The Justice on October 29, 2013. Ditkowsky commented, “This trend is one that is occurring not only at Brandeis but also nationally. Cutting doctoral students is affecting universities that are interested in maintaining funds for other purposes and are concerned more about the business model than the educational process.”

About the judges:

Dane S. Claussen is an independent scholar, author of Anti-Intellectualism in American Media, and former editor of Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Until December 2010, he was chair of faculty and professor at Point Park University’s School of Communication.

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 University, where she has taught a wide range of courses in journalism and media and in gender studies. In addition to being the former editor of Academe, she publishes in journalistic venues as well as in academic ones—on media criticism, cultural studies, and issues in higher education. She is the author of What the Dog Knows.

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, promote the economic security of those who teach and research in higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities. The AAUP is a nonprofit professional association headquartered in Washington, DC.

Media Contact: 
Robin Burns, rburns@aaup.org
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014