Editor Recipient of Print Media Award
Assistant Editor Lynn Olson of Education Week last week was awarded the International Reading Association's 1985 Print Media Award for excellence in journalism on reading or a related topic.
The $500 award, presented to Ms. Olson at the 30th annual convention of the ira in New Orleans, cited her for "Learning To Read, Reading To Learn," a 3,000-word analysis of the debate over reading methods that was included in an Education Week special report on literacy. The 72-page report, "Cracking the Code: Language, Schooling, Literacy," was published in the Sept. 5, 1984, issue of the newspaper.
Ms. Olson, a 1981 graduate of Yale University, served as a writer and editor for the Children's Defense Fund before joining the staff of Education Week in 1984.
The ira's Broadcast Media Award for Radio went to Dorcas Dessaso, producer of a program entitled "See How They Run," which aired on WPFW-fm in Washington, D.C. The award for television honored Judy Crichton, Richard Gerdau, and Kathy Slobogin, producers of "To Save Our Schools, To Save Our Children," an ABC-tv three-hour documentary special report on public schools aired last September.
In addition, the ira awarded certificates of merit to Jeff Kunerth of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinal for "American Aliteracy--Why We Don't Read"; Margaret Regan of The Easton (Pa.) Express for "Transition from Illiteracy"; and Herb Kupferberg of Parade Magazine for "Reading Is Fun."