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Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing collection

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: RITArc-0177

Scope and Contents

The Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing collection includes information on the award's recipients. There is a file on each recipient that contains clippings on the individual and their selection, as well as memorabilia from the award ceremony. For instance, many of the files contain copies of the ceremony's program, as well as a keepsake copy of some of the recipients acceptance speech. (1980, 1982-1983, 2001 and 2005, 2010 on DVD) The 1980, 1982-83, 2001 award winner's speeches are available in pdf format and can be requested from the RIT Archive Collections.

There are also photographs of the 2012 Special Award event featuring recipient Frank Romano,(on DVD) and administrative records for the award dating from 2000-2006. (on DVD) and a powerpoint presentation of Isaiah Thomas at the Cary Collection (on DVD).

Dates

  • 1979-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing is awarded annually by the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) School of Print Media to an individual in honor of his or her contributions to the newspaper industry. According to the award's website, recipients must meet have demonstrated the following criteria during his or her career:
  • Distinguished him or herself through leadership, innovation, research, or other significant contributions to the industry
  • Demonstrated career achievements that would qualify him or her as a role model for students pursuing careers in the fields of printing, publishing, and media
  • Exhibited some element of risk-taking in communicating his or her message.
  • Past Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing Recipients (current as of 2016)

    1979
    Ronald A. White
    President, Graphic Systems Division, Rockwell International
    1980
    Robert G. Marbut
    President and CEO, Hart-Hanks Communications, Inc.
    1981
    Allen H. Neuharth
    Chairman and President, Gannett Company, Inc.
    1982
    Edward W. Estlow
    President, The E. W. Scripps Company
    1983
    Katharine Graham
    President, Washington Post Company
    1984
    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger
    Chairman and CEO, New York Times Company
    1985
    Otis Chandler
    Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Times Mirror Company
    1986
    Alvah H. Chapman Jr.
    Chairman and CEO, Knight-Rider Newspaper, Inc.
    1987
    Stanton R. Cook
    President and CEO, Tribune Company
    1988
    Warren H. Phillips
    Chairman and CEO, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
    1989
    Award Not Issued
    1990
    Frank A. Bennack Jr.
    President and CEO, The Hearst Corporation
    1991
    James C. Kennedy
    Chairman and CEO, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
    1992
    Robert F. Erburu
    Chairman and CEO, Times-Mirror Company
    1993
    Charles T. Brumback
    Chairman and CEO, Tribune Company
    1994
    John J. Curley
    Chairman, President and CEO, Gannett Company, Inc.
    1995
    Lawrence A. Leser
    Chairman and CEO, The E. W. Scripps Company
    1996
    Frank Batten
    Chairman of the Board, Landmark Communications, Inc.
    1997
    P. Anthony Ridder
    Chairman and CEO, Knight-Ridder, Inc.
    1998
    Dona Violet A Barrios de Chamorro
    Sra. Expresidenta de Nicaragua
    1999
    Gary B. Pruitt
    President and CEO, The McClatchy Company
    2000
    William Burleigh
    Chairman of The E.W. Scripps Company
    2001
    John W. Seybold
    Founder and CEO, Rocappi Company
    2002
    Tim O'Reilly
    Founder and CEO, O'Reilly & Associates
    2003
    Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
    Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times Company
    2004
    Award Not Issued
    2005
    Thomas Curley
    President and CEO, The Associated Press
    2006
    Award Not Issued
    2007
    Award Not Issued
    2008
    Award Not Issued
    2009
    Award Not Issued
    2010
    Mark Mikolajczyk
    President and Publisher of Florida Today
    2011
    Pulitzer Prize winning RIT alumni from RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences:
    Paul Benoit (Class of 1976), 1979 winner while working for Boston Herald-American
    Robert Bukaty (Class of 1982), 1999 winner while working for Associated Press
    Ken Geiger (Class of 1980), 1993 winner while working for Dallas Morning News
    Stan Grossfeld (Class of 1973), 1984 and 1985 winner while working for Boston Globe
    Daniel Loh (Class of 1995), 1999 winner while working for Associated Press
    William Snyder (Class of 1981), 1989, 1991, 1993, 2006 winner while working for Dallas Morning News
    Anthony Suau (Class of 1978), 1984 winner while working for Denver Post
    2012
    The 2012 Award recipient honors the American Antiquarian Society, a national research library of American history, literature and culture. The 2012 Special Recognition Award went to Frank Romano for his lifelong dedication to the printing industry.

    Extent

    1.2 Linear Feet (2 document box)

    Language

    English

    Overview

    Materials related to the Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing and its recipients. The award is presented annually by the Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Print Media to an individual in honor of his or her contributions to the field of newspaper publishing. The collection includes programs, speeches, clippings, and other related material.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in chronological order.

    Physical Location

    C.S. South, Shelf 798, Box 103

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number: 1982:009, 2007:070

    Accruals

    Additional material may be added to this collection as it becomes available.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in June 2011.
    Title
    Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing collection
    Subtitle
    RIT Archives
    Status
    Published
    Author
    Lara Nicosia
    Date
    06 June 2011
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    Language of description
    Undetermined
    Script of description
    Code for undetermined script
    Language of description note
    English

    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archive Collections Repository

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