(Washington, DC—June 6, 2018)— Two of the four stories up for this year’s prestigious Mirror Award in the Best Single Story category were produced by Moment Magazine, a small Washington, DC-based independent publication that covers the political, cultural and religious complexities of the Jewish world. The stories are “Sheldon Adelson: Playing to Win,” by Nadine Epstein and Wesley Pippert, and “Report From Whitefish: After the Cyber Storm,” by Ellen Wexler. The other finalists are from The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
“It’s not every day that a small, scrappy but erudite magazine researches, reports, writes and publishes two separate articles that are finalists in the Mirror Awards best article/story category,” said Charles Lewis, Executive Editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington, DC. Lewis also serves on the advisory board for Moment’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. “Bravo and congratulations to the writers for their important stories. It’s especially impressive to see them in such high-dollar, large-staff company as the other finalists.”
Newhouse considers the Mirror Awards to be the most important awards for honoring excellence in media industry reporting. Established by the Newhouse School in 2006, the awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit. The awards for all categories will be announced at a luncheon in New York on June 14.
“Playing to Win” tracks the growing media and political influence of billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson through his launch of an Israeli daily, Israel Hayom, and his 2016 purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Report from Whitefish” digs into the aftermath of a cyber attack launched against Jewish residents in the small town of Whitefish, Montana, hometown of neo-Nazi Richard Spencer.
About the authors:
Nadine Epstein is the editor-in-chief & CEO of Moment Magazine, founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change, and founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post. Wesley G. Pippert was a longtime UPI reporter, covering state capitals, Congress and the White House, and also served as Jerusalem bureau chief. He directed the Missouri School of Journalism’s Washington Program from 1989 to 2012. Ellen Wexler is the Eugene M. Grant Fellow at Moment Magazine. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2015.