Sep 17, 2012 5:56 am
A great journalism competition needs great referees to officiate. We’re pleased to announce the following three judges who will decide the winners of the 100% Journalism Challenge. All of them have both records of accomplishment as journalists and appetites for innovation as newsroom leaders.
A former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, Leo Wolinsky directed the teams that won the Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper’s coverage of the LA riots of 1992 and again for the Northridge earthquake of 1994. Wolinsky later managed Daily Variety, the entertainment trade publication, and currently consults on traditional and new media.
Robert Wallace is a former executive editor of Rolling Stone magazine, a former executive at ESPN and the winner of a 1997 Emmy Award for his work at ABC News. Under Wallace’s leadership his staffs won four National Magazine Awards. He has held editorial positions at the Denver Post, Newsweek, St. Martin’s Press, Talk magazine and Men’s Journal, among others.
The executive editor of Southern California Public Radio, Melanie Sill has held leadership positions at The Sacramento Bee, the American Society of News Editors and the Raleigh News & Observer. She directed a series of articles that won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and was awarded a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. Last year she served as executive-in-residence at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications.