Longtime AJR contributor Paul Farhi has won the National Press Club's 2011 Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism.
Farhi, a Washington Post reporter who has been writing for AJR since 1999, was honored for four articles that appeared in the magazine last year. The pieces explored the media's coverage of the Tiger Woods saga; the journalism of the National Enquirer in the wake of its exclusives on John Edwards' and Tiger Woods' philandering; the news media's obsession with online pageviews and what that means for journalism; and how fringe stories enter the mainstream.
"We're very proud that Paul has won this award," said Rem Rieder, AJR's editor and senior vice president. "His thoughtful, extremely readable, ideology-free work has been a huge plus for AJR for years. In particular, I've always admired his willingness to challenge the conventional wisdom. He richly deserves this honor."
Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop received honorable mention in the category for "American Political Cartoons: The Evolution of a National Identity, 1754-2010."
Farhi and the winners of other press club awards will be honored at a dinner at the Washington, D.C.-based club on August 10.