Seth Rosenfeld accepts the SPJ Career Achievement Award (Michael Stoll)
Guild Freelancers are cheering unit member Seth Rosenfeld, who won the Career Achievement Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter in a ceremony last night at San Francisco’s City Club.
“Rosenfeld’s hard-hitting journalistic career includes working as an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle,” says SPJ’s official announcement. “His unrelenting persistence in uncovering FBI covert operations in Berkeley during the 1960s led to the publication of his acclaimed book, ‘Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power.’”
Rosenfeld accepted the award with cautionary words about the prevalence of domestic surveillance, which he said continues unabated.
Another unit member, Rebecca Rosen Lum, was named Unsung Hero for work organizing freelancers.
Raul Ramirez, the executive director of news and public affairs at KQED Public Radio, was posthumously awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. Last week, Ramirez, suffering from esophageal cancer, prepared remarks in anticipation of the ceremony. They were read by his longtime friend, San Francisco State University Professor Jon Funabiki.
“We cannot be mere stenographers to the powerful,” Ramirez says in his remarks. “Journalists must be agents of the truth in all its forms, wherever it resides, and we must work harder and more consciously to seek out the stories that don’t come to us because they lack the resources to bring them to our attention.”
Ramirez earned a reputation for uniquely immersing himself in the issues he was covering. He worked in the fields and then wrote a prize-winning series about farmworkers in Michigan for the Wall Street Journal in 1970. To prepare for an article for the Examiner about jail conditions, Ramirez spent several days working as a deputy sheriff.
In addition to his editorial leadership at KQED Public Radio, and his service to national and international journalism organizations, Ramirez has mentored countless reporters and inspired journalism students through his classes at institutions such as San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley.
Ramirez led a popular workshop at the Spring Training for Journalists in breaking into public radio.
Another Spring Training presenter, Carrie Ching of the Center for Investigative Reporting, picked up three awards for work involving data visualization.
Guild honorees include Lisa Krieger, named Journalist of the Year for a body of work in 2013 that includes print stories, interactive graphics, videos, online chats and community forums focusing on decisions end-of-life individuals and their caretakers must often make.
Other Guild members to receive awards include
- Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle for her series exploring City College of San Francisco’s managerial and financial troubles.
- Nhat Meyer of the San Jose Mercury News for a photo that catches Gabby Douglas in peak action while competing at the U.S. Olympic trials.
- Jane Tyska of the San Jose Mercury News for photojournalism and videojournalism for her photo essay of a 2-year-old’s liver and kidney transplant. Judges praised her “exquisite video framing technique.”
- Stephanie Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle, named Outstanding Emerging Journalist of the Year.
Follow this link for a complete list of award winners.