10/23/2012 10:02 AM
BATON ROUGE – Richard Gingras, head of news and social products at Google, has been
named the 2012 recipient of the Manship Prize, presented by the LSU Manship School
of Mass Communication. He received the award at the school’s annual 1913 Society Dinner
on Oct. 13.
The Manship Prize is the only national award given by the Manship School, and recognizes
an individual or organization based in the United States for exemplary use of digital
media and technology in the service of public affairs.
Gingras has also been named to the Manship School’s Board of Visitors.
“His presence reinforces the rich diversity of talent already on our board,” said
Bob Mong, chairman of the board and editor of the Dallas Morning News. “What’s more,
it’s a working board, and we take pride in that fact.”
Gingras has been instrumental in the development of online services and new media
for nearly 30 years, acting at the intersection of news and technology and helping
to develop new products, concepts and companies.
In 1979, during the pioneering era of digital media, he created the first interactive
online news magazine in partnership with CBS, NBC and PBS. Gingras served as interim
president of “MyPublisher,” the digital book producer, then explored the intersection
of public policy, online commerce and parody with the creation of the Total Information
Awareness Gift Shop, a satirical project that spotlighted secret data mining by government
entities from corporate and governmental databases, with all proceeds going to the
American Civil Liberties Union. Before going to Google News, he was CEO of Salon Media
Group, which operates the news site Salon.com, the first Web-only publication; the
blogging community OpenSalon.com; and the pioneering virtual community The Well.
The Manship Prize was first presented in 1998 and is underwritten by an endowment
from the Douglas L. Manship family in support of the school’s commitment and leadership
in the area of media and public affairs.
• Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg News
• P. 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
• Joe Trippi, political strategist
• Bill Adair, editor, PolitiFact
• Jan Shaffer, J-Lab
• Investigative News Network
For more information about the Manship Prize, contact Mary Ann Sternberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012