NY Times Awards Fellowships to 3 Journalists

NEW YORK – The New York Times announced that three journalists have been awarded the David Carr Fellowship, named in honor of The Times’s late media columnist, who was lauded for his visionary and uncompromising work.  Originally conceived as a two-year fellowship for one recipient at a time, the newsroom has decided to name three exceptional journalists from among 600 applicants for its inaugural award.

The New York Times’s 2016 David Carr Fellows are John Herrman, co-editor of The Awl; Amanda Hess, a staff writer at Slate; and Greg Howard, a staff writer at Deadspin.

In the spirit of Mr. Carr’s legacy, the fellows will spend two years in The Times’s newsroom covering the dynamic intersection of technology, media, culture and race using a mix of engaging approaches to storytelling and news reportage.  The Carr Fellowship was created to bring diverse voices into The Times and to nurture a new generation of Times journalists. Fellows will build on Mr. Carr’s commitment to holding those in power accountable and telling deeply reported stories.

Mr. Herrman, 28, has covered the Internet and technology at Gizmodo, Popular Mechanics and BuzzFeed.  He joined The Awl as co-editor two years ago.  He is from Cary, NC.

Ms. Hess, 30, covered gender, the Internet and society for the Washington City Paper, TBD.com and Good Magazine, and has written for many other publications.  She joined Slate in 2014, where she writes a reported column about the human side of Internet culture.  She is from Phoenix, AZ.

Mr. Howard, 27, has worked at the Dallas Observer and The Village Voice.  He has written about race and sports at Deadspin since 2013.  He is from Bowie, MD.

The fellows will join The Times’s newsroom on March 15.  Mr. Herrman will write for The Times’s Media and Business Day desks, Ms. Hess will write for Culture and Mr. Howard will write for The New York Times Magazine and other desks.

“We found these three candidates so compelling that we decided to select all of them,” said Dean Baquet, executive editor, The New York Times.  “They are thoughtful, deep reporters.  We will learn as much from them as they will from us.”“I expect that if I were selected for the David Carr Fellowship, I’d be an odd fit at The New York Times … Carr’s columns were so good and his opinions so valuable because he was at bottom a great reporter, and his reporting informed his opinions.  My ultimate ambition and goal is to report and write arresting stories both short and long along the axes of sports, race, our nation’s justice system, politics, music, and media, and the places where any and all of those intersect.” – Greg Howard

David Carr, who died last February, was the media columnist for The New York Times.  He had been with The Times since 2002.  He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 for his weekly “Media Equation” column, which chronicled the rapidly changing media landscape.

More info about the fellowship can be found here.