Mike Donoghue, longtime adjunct professor in journalism and Burlington Free Press writer, was chosen from among Gannett employees nationwide as the winner of one of the international media company's top awards. On April 3, during an awards ceremony at Gannett/USA Today Headquarters in McLean, VA, Gannett made the announcement that Mike is this year's recipient of the "Greater Good Award" for his First Amendment work, including his reporting on a Vermont State Police trooper who officials say bilked taxpayers out of nearly $213,000 by filing false timecards. The trooper has been convicted, sent to prison and ordered to pay restitution. The State of Vermont also has reformed how it deals with pension laws to be able to better recover from convicted employees.
Mike Donoghue, longtime adjunct professor in the media studies, journalism and digital arts spoke at the annual national convention for Investigative Reporters and Editors in Boston about seeking successful ways to obtain public records from unwilling federal, state and local government officials. "The Ask: Requesting and negotiating for data" was part of the association's three-day convention, which had about 1,400 journalists, educators and students attending. IRE, founded in 1975, is a worldwide organization that allows journalists to share story ideas, newsgathering techniques and news sources.