Remarks at SPJ SDX Awards on Communications Daily Public-Service Journalism Award

These were the remarks at last night’s Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi dinner held at the National Press Club, during the portion where Communications Daily received a public-service journalism award. Receiving the award were Communications Daily’s John Hendel and Jonathan Make, along with alumnus Jacob Rund, now at CQ Roll Call. Howard Buskirk also was listed on this award.

The honors were for Buskirk, Hendel, Make and Rund’s coverage throughout 2015 of ways the Federal Communications Commission missed the mark on accessibility to the public and transparency, among other issues. This coverage can be read here.

“In 2015, Communications Daily decided to investigate the Federal Communications Commission and the practices affecting public participation in its proceedings. They also examined the FCC’s relations with Congress, the media and investors. After months of investigating, and several FOI (Freedom of Information) requests, Communications Daily exposed that that the FCC is not as transparent as the public may believe.

“Judges said that this was a difficult category to judge because of a number of strong entries. The winner addresses a topic that addresses all Americans, even if the average person doesn’t realize it. The FCC and its actions are not as transparent as they seem.

“An outstanding example of the journalist as watchdog, a function that will always be needed.”
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