MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 9, 2011) — The Stuttering Foundation, www.StutteringHelp.org, announces its 2011 Awards for Excellence in Journalism today. “Thanks to The King’s Speech, the sheer volume of articles and interviews on stuttering made this year’s choice very difficult,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Foundation. “This film has raised awareness of stuttering beyond any level we could ever have imagined and, in turn, was the force behind all other entries.”
Category: Motion Picture
First Place: The King’s Speech.
First Place (tie):
- The Emily Rooney Show, WGBH in Boston, Dec. 22, 2010.
- About Our Kids, Doctor Radio Sirius XM, Feb. 11, 2011, Jess Shatkin, MD & Lori Evans, PhD, Program Hosts; Melanie Kron, Producer; Emily Anton, Sound Engineer; and Maurice Tunick, Senior Director Talk Programming
Category: Wire Services
First Place: Lindsey Tanner of the Associated Press, Feb. 4, 2011, “King’s Speech earns praise from kids who stutter.”
Second Place: Victoria Ahearn of the Canadian Press, Dec. 9, 2010, article titled “Experts on Stuttering Praise The King’s Speech for Highlighting Condition”
First Place: Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., for an editorial on Dec. 28, 2010, titled “A Clear Message.”
Category: National Daily Newspaper Article
First Place: Mary Brophy Marcus of USA Today for her Nov. 28, 2010, article “Stuttering: A Constant Struggle to Get the Words Out.”
Category: Daily Newspaper Article
First Place: Lindy Washburn of The Record for her Dec. 2, 2010, article “Therapists praise new movie for raising awareness of stuttering.”
Second Place: Jim Fussell of the Kansas City Star for his Dec. 23, 2011, article, “'The King's Speech' puts stuttering in the spotlight.”
Category: Magazine Articles
First Place: Tim Appelo of the Hollywood Reporter for his Jan. 25, 2011, article titled “King’s Speech Wins 13th Honor: Stuttering Foundation Gives It ‘A Hero’s Welcome.’”
Second Place: Lynn Allison for “Six Ways to Help Kids Stop Stuttering” in the March 28, 2011, issue of Globe Magazine.
Category: Syndicated Columnists
First Place: Dr. Peter Gott for his national column on April 10, 2011.
Category: Local Television News
First Place (tie):- Ali Gorman of WPVI TV, Philadelphia, Pa., for a Dec. 13, 2010, interview with Joe Donaher of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Alex Coleman and Marybeth Conley of WREG TV, Memphis, Tenn., interview with Jane Fraser on Feb. 9, 2011.
Category: National Television News
First Place: 60 Minutes of CBS News for a interview with wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz,.
Category: Internet Blog
First Place: Elizabeth Landau of CNN for her Feb. 28, 2011 article, “The King’s Speech’ a victory for stutterers.”
Second Place: Ian Thornton of shows.ctv.ca for his Feb. 28, 2011, post “George Slays His Dragon.”
Third Place: Kenneth J. Staub for his posting on ASHAsphere (blog.asha.org). His blogs focused on raising stuttering awareness through review of The King’s Speech.
First Place: Ninette Sosa of CNN aired an interview with Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser during numerous radio broadcasts.
“Each entry successfully enhanced the public’s understanding of this complex speech disorder during the past year and a half,” said Fraser. “These journalists have done an outstanding job!”
About the Stuttering FoundationMalcolm Fraser felt the same dread of speaking in public that King George VI experienced in the 1940s. Inspired by the plight of “Bertie,” Fraser, a successful businessman and stutterer, went on to establish and endow the 64-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947. The Stuttering Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Website, www.StutteringHelp.org.