Indiana publisher Scott Schurz receives 2009 Casey Award
SJMC director Albert Tims presented the 2009 Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award to Scott C. Schurz of Schurz Communications Inc. during the Inland Press Association's annual meeting, held Oct. 27, 2009, in Chicago.
By Jen Keavy
Schurz, pictured with his wife, Kay.
Photo: Blaze Carlsen
Like the 60-plus recipients before him, Scott Schurz was honored for this commitment to social trusteeship. In fact, his recognition makes the Schurz family the most celebrated in Casey Award history. Fifty years ago, his father, the late Franklin Schurz, longtime editor and publisher of the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune and chairman of Schurz Communications Inc., received the award. And in 2004, his brother Franklin D. Schurz Jr., chairman of the company, was honored with the award.
For the last 20 years, Scott Schurz has taken his responsibility to social trusteeship far beyond the borders of his home state of Indiana. Logging millions of frequent flyer miles--sometimes to unsafe places--around the globe, Schurz has been a staunch defender of freedom of speech and freedom of the press through his work for the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), with which he has worked to educate government officials about the importance of a free press. Over the years, he's participated in countless international journalism meetings worldwide representing the IAPA, providing a respected and respectful voice for American journalism. For his numerous contributions, Schurz was named honorary life president of the IAPA. Currently, he serves as a member of the organization's executive committee and board.
Schurz accepts the 2009 Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award.
Photo: Adolfo Mendez
John Sturm, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, has worked closely with Schurz, who serves on the executive committee of the board for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. "In these challenging economic times for all newspapers," Sturm wrote in his letter of endorsement, "it is extremely difficult to find a board member who is willing to sacrifice the time to really engage ... but Scott has done so unselfishly ... with little concern for the personal time and cost of representing our organization."
In presenting the award to Schurz, Tims said, "From his first job with the Hagerstown, Maryland, Morning Herald and Daily Mail, to his most recent role as chairman of Hoosier-Times Inc., a subsidiary of Schurz Communications, where he serves as a vice-chairman, Scott has embodied the spirit of the Casey/Minnesota Award. ... He has always embraced and lived up to his company's statement of purpose: to put great emphasis on seeking the truth and sharing it with others; and to provide a better understanding of the world, so that readers are more informed and can positively impact the community and society."