Computerworld Editor in Chief Wins White Award for Editorial Courage and Integrity

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 23, 2004 – Computerworld editor in chief Maryfran Johnson was recently recognized for her journalistic integrity and editorial courage with the first annual Timothy White Award, presented by American Business Media at the Neal Awards ceremony in New York. Named after the fearless editor of Billboard magazine who died unexpectedly in 2002, the Timothy White Award honors one business journalist whose work demonstrates the integrity, courage and passion that White displayed in his career.

White’s widow, Judith Garlan White, presented the award to Johnson, saying “the first winner sets the tone and the height of the bar for this award. Maryfran is a journalist my husband would be proud of.”

The award cited several demonstrations of Johnson's courage and integrity, including an October 2003 editorial titled "Ethics and Influence." In it Johnson, prompted by a Computerworld story on ethical questions raised by Microsoft Corporation’s sponsorship of a Forrester Research Inc. report, drew attention to the role played by the media itself and its "spotty record in asking enough of the right questions about the pedigree of the research we report on." Also cited were 2001 articles about Oracle’s pricing policies and the decision, in 2003, to unmask the perpetrator of a hoax against a Computerworld editor so that the perpetrator could no longer dupe unsuspecting journalists.

"Upholding the editorial integrity of the work Computerworld does is already a privilege for me, as is leading the outstanding group of journalists we have here," Johnson said. "This award is a great honor for us all, but it's also a wonderful reminder of how important it is to keep our readers foremost in everything we do."

Also at the Neal Awards ceremony, Computerworld was honored as a finalist in the category "Best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid" for its July 7, 2003, issue.

“The greatest responsibility an editor in chief has is to create and sustain a safe haven for the practice of independent, honest, and ethical journalism,” said Bob Carrigan, publisher, president and CEO of Computerworld. “The stories found each week in the pages of Computerworld bear witness to how seriously Maryfran Johnson takes that responsibility, and to how effectively she works to accomplish that mission on behalf of her readers. I am thrilled that she has been singled out by her peers for this extraordinary honor.”

In addition to the White Award, Johnson received American Business Media’s Northeast Regional Award for editorial integrity and courage. Recognizing that the editorial product is central to success in business publishing, American Business Media named 2003 the “Year of the Editor” honoring editors in a series of five regional events focused on editorial ethics. American Business Media is the association for business-to-business information providers that includes producers of print publications, websites, and events. Member companies represent over 2,500 print and online titles, and reach an audience of 90 million professionals.

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