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Steve Kolowich '08 Wins Chronicle Award for Young Journalists

Story posted July 13, 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education has given its David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists to Steve Kolowich '08. In making its selection, the award committee cited Kolowich's "investigative talent, dogged and thorough reporting, and flair for writing."

Each of the articles submitted for the award examines the impact of new technology on aspects of academia and were published during Kolowich's spring internship at the paper.

  • "The Fall of an Academic Cyberbully" tells the story of a man who allegedly used online aliases to harass scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls whose research he disputed. Kolowich writes that as the Internet increasingly becomes the way in which professors publish their work, it becomes more difficult to ensure that academic debates remain scholarly. Read the article.

  • "Archiving Writers' Work in the Age of E-Mail" looks at how advancing technology has led to changes in what's available to biographers and scholars, and the way archivists preserve and exhibit those collections. Once charged with compiling only paper, they now have laptops, Blackberry devices and storage systems including now-antiquated floppy disks to peruse and file. Read the article.

  • In "Alumni Try to Rewrite History on College-Newspaper Web Sites," Kolowich explores the dilemma facing college newspaper editors who are contacted by alumni requesting that material they wrote be edited or removed from Web archives, for fear of Internet searches by potential employers or other embarrassment. Read the article.

Kolowich, a government and legal studies major from Washington, D.C., was co-editor-in-chief of The Bowdoin Orient. He now works for National Journal Group's Global Security Newswire.

The award commemorates David W. Miller, a senior writer at The Chronicle, who in 2002, at the age of 35, was killed by a drunk driver. It's given three times a year to a recent Chronicle intern to honor Miller's insistence on responsible journalism, hunger to learn about people and ideas, and talent for writing.

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