New York, NY (April 11, 2013)—The Columbia Journalism Review is pleased to announce that the United States Project

, CJR's monitor on politics and policy coverage, was named one of two runners up for the annual Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism. The United States Project was honored alongside a Quinnipiac University documentary, and WNYC's "On the Media," the winner of the award. "We're pleased to have the project's work to-date recognized in this way," said Liz Cox Barrett, a co-editor of the United States Project. "Our efforts continue this year to spotlight and be a resource for good policy and politics reporting—and to encourage better—with a particular focus on the state and local level." In advance of the 2012 elections, CJR launched its Swing States Project to work alongside regional and national newsrooms, to help them resist the lure of misleading information and rhetoric, and to encourage them to provide the public with fuller access to facts. As our policy-focused correspondents tracked coverage by national news outlets, other correspondents based in 10 battleground states provided editorial feedback, criticism, and coaching to local and regional news teams. Renamed following the elections, CJR’s United States Project continues to encourage incisive coverage of the nation’s most pressing policy issues, and to support a greater number of regional newsrooms—"to help busy and under-resourced reporters raise the level of their game on politics coverage," as CJR Executive Editor Mike Hoyt puts it. Click here to read the latest coverage from the United States Project. Founded in 1994, the Bart Richards Award "recognizes distinguished contributions to the improvement of print and broadcast journalism through responsible analysis or critical evaluation." Previous recipients include PBS' "Frontline," correspondents for the American Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and the media unit at "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
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