The award, first presented in 1998, is funded by an endowment from the Douglas L. Manship family to recognize exemplary use of multimedia technology in the service of public affairs. This reflects the School’s focus and demonstrated leadership in the area of media and public affairs. The prize is sponsored by the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication and awarded by the School’s Board of Visitors.
2017 Manship Prize Winner - Aron Pilhofer
The Manship Prize is the only national award given by the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication and recognizes an individual or organization based in the United States for their exemplary use of digital media and technology in the service of public affairs.
Gillmor is credited with helping provoke conversation and change in regard to the effect of technology on journalism. Currently he is focused on the challenge that arises between the exercise of First Amendment rights and the right to privacy in digital media.
- Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg News
- Anthony Ridder, chair and CEO of Knight-Ridder
- Charles Benton, chair and CEO of Benton Foundation
- Berry Cooper, founder of BlackVoices.com
- Reid Ashe, COO of Media General
- Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN The Times-Picayune and WWL-TV for respective coverage of Hurricane Katrina
- The Times-Picayune and WWL-TV for respective coverage of Hurricane Katrina
- Joe Trippi, political strategist
- Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact
- Jan Schafer, executive director of J-Lab Investigative News Network
- Investigative News Network
- Dan Gilmoor, digital journalism thinker