Seigenthaler wins Missouri award
First Amendment Center founder John Seigenthaler and seven other prominent journalists received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 1.
The award, given by the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism since 1930, recognizes “lifetime or superior achievement, for distinguished service performed in … journalistic endeavor.”
Seigenthaler earned the award for his decades of work as a journalist and First Amendment advocate. He worked as a reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, where he also became editor, publisher and chief executive officer and currently serves as chairman emeritus. The founding editorial director of USA Today, Seigenthaler also worked with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s. In 1991, he founded the First Amendment Center, which has offices in Nashville and Washington, D.C.
All of the medalists gave lectures to graduate students while at the university for the award presentations. Seigenthaler’s was called, “Our Flag: Salute It or Burn It?”
The seven other medalists represent a number of journalistic fields.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also serves on the editorial
boards of three dozen academic journals.
Bill Kovach and its vice chairman Tom Rosenstiel were awarded the medal for their work to develop a community of journalists and professionals aimed at raising the standards of American journalism.
Melanie Bengtson is an intern at the First Amendment Center and a
sophomore studying developmental politics at Belmont University.