Washington Post's David Ignatius and Twitter's Biz Stone to Be Honored at ICFJ Awards Dinner

Jul 20, 2010, 09:00 ET from International Center for Journalists

Christiane Amanpour to serve as master of ceremonies on Nov. 9

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two media leaders will receive awards from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) for outstanding work. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius will get the Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism for his commentary on international affairs. Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone will receive ICFJ's first Innovation Award. His micro-blogging site has opened new ways to break news.

"David Ignatius and Biz Stone have both made major contributions in our field," ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said. "David's work sets the standard for analyzing international events. Twitter gives us instant access to news, even in the most remote regions of the world."

Christiane Amanpour, the new anchor of ABC's This Week, will emcee the event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The ICFJ Awards Dinner is the largest international media event in Washington, D.C.

At the dinner, ICFJ will also present the Knight International Journalism awards to investigative reporter Daniela Arbex of Brazil and radio news entrepreneur Tosca Santoso of Indonesia.

Ignatius' career spans 35 years as an editor, reporter and columnist. He has received many honors, including the Gerald Loeb Award. As The Washington Post's foreign editor from 1990-1992, he supervised the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

As executive editor of The International Herald Tribune, David analyzed how the world changed after 9/11. He has covered almost every Washington beat, from the Pentagon to the CIA to Capitol Hill. In the '80s, Ignatius reported on the wars in Lebanon and Iraq as The Wall Street Journal's Middle East correspondent.

Biz Stone co-founded Twitter in 2006. More than 100 million people around the world share information on Twitter. In July, the site received 800 million searches in one day.

Citizens in Haiti used Twitter after the earthquake in January to share life-saving information. Last year, it was the main way international news outlets received real-time information about the protests in Iran.

For more information on dinner sponsorship and tickets, please contact Vjollca Shtylla, Vice President for Development, at vshtylla@icfj.org or visit www.icfj.org/dinner. Press registration is required. Please sign up at www.icfj.org/dinner/press.

The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition. For 25 years, ICFJ has worked directly with more than 60,000 journalists from 176 countries. ICFJ offers hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to journalists and media managers around the globe.

SOURCE International Center for Journalists