Premack Awards Suspended, New Programming To Promote Public Affairs Journalism Underway

The Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards Program has been suspended after consultation with the Premack Board and the Minnesota Journalism Center Advisory Board. Submissions will not be accepted for reporting done in 2012.

For 35 years, the Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards honored excellence in Minnesota journalism. The awards program is funded by the Minnesota Journalism Center and the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

The Minnesota Journalism Center is working to create reinvigorated programming that better suits the needs of public affairs journalists.

"We wanted to do something in Frank's memory that better reflects the important role of public affairs journalism in the state," said Nora Paul, director of the Minnesota Journalism Center. "We're looking into ideas for workshops or trainings or research that supports new models for public affairs reporting. After 35 years, the board agreed that it was time to change the programming to reflect changing times."

Future plans that support public affairs journalism will be announced in summer 2013.

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The Premack Awards are named in honor of Frank Premack (1933-1975), who began his reporting career at the Minneapolis Tribune in 1958 and quickly became well-known for his aggressive pursuit of the news. He later became city editor and assistant managing editor and was a member of the Tribune's Special Reporting Group.

The Minnesota Journalism Center improves the practice of journalism, promotes interaction between media professionals and the academy and serves as the outreach arm of the SJMC.

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