Stuttering Foundation Announces 2006 Journalism Award Winners
Media Awards Celebrate 15th Year
MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stuttering Foundation has announced its 2006 Awards for Excellence in news reporting. Each winning entry successfully enhanced public understanding of this complex speech disorder during the past year. "Journalists in a variety of media have done an outstanding job of focusing on the causes and treatment of stuttering over the past year," said Jane Fraser, president of the 59-year-old nonprofit foundation. "We were particularly pleased this year to see increased focus on stuttering in the workplace, an area that's previously not received much attention. Five distinguished journalists are honored for their outstanding contributions. They are: Category: Daily Newspapers First Place: T. Grant Fitch, Post-Tribune, Merrillville, Ind. "Saving stutterers" provided readers with timely information that parents can use to help their children overcome stuttering, including taking advantage of resources offered by their local schools. Category: Magazine First Place: Dorothy P. Dougherty, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Dougherty gives readers the tools they need to identify stuttering in young children and offers useful advice on how to improve fluency. Category: Columnists First Place: Mildred L. Culp, Workwise. In her inspirational column, Dr. Culp explains how people who stutter can make it in the workplace. Second Place: Joyce Lain Kennedy, Careers Now. Kennedy helps a reader who stutters prepare for a job interview. Category: Television First Place: Janelle Wolfe, Comcast Tonight, Reading, Pa. This lively segment features speech-language pathologist Joseph Donaher of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the DVD, Stuttering: For Kids, By Kids. Donaher and Wolfe share timely resources for children who stutter. The awards are being announced during National Stuttering Awareness Week, May 8-14. 20/20's John Stossel leads this year's awareness campaign. Among other famous people who stutter are actor James Earl Jones, Buffy star Nicholas Brendon, sports commentator Bill Walton, and basketball star Kenyon Martin. A complete list of famous people who stutter can be found at http://www.stutteringhelp.org/Default.aspx?tabid=128. The Stuttering Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn., that has worked toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering since 1947. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-992-9392 or visit www.stutteringhelp.org. More than 3 million Americans stutter. For myths about stuttering, click here: http://www.stutteringhelp.org/default.aspx?tabindex=503&tabid=513
SOURCE The Stuttering Foundation
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