Three journalists who have contributed significantly to the state of the profession were named fellows of the Society at the annual convention of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Burl Osborne, president of the publishing division of the A.H. Belo Corp.; Mara Liasson, White House correspondent for National Public Radio; and Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in journalism, were honored for their accomplishments.
The SPJ Fellows program was established in 1948 to promote the highest standards of journalism. The Fellows Key is awarded for extraordinary achievements and contributions to the profession. Fellows who are not already members become honorary members of the Society.
Past recipients have included such notable journalists as broadcaster Edward R. Murrow; Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham; columnist William Raspberry; Benjamin C. Bradlee, executive editor, The Washington Post; Jane Pauley, Dateline NBC; and A.M. Rosenthal of The New York Times.
Osborne, president of the publishing division of the Belo Corp., is a long-time member of SPJ. He joined Belo in 1980, after a 20-year career with the Associated Press.
Osborne started as executive editor of the Dallas Morning News and rose rapidly in the managing ranks. He was promoted to senior vice president and editor in 1983, president in 1985, and in 1986 was named publisher. …