Mike Donoghue, longtime adjunct professor of journalism and veteran reporter for the Burlington Free Press, in July was presented with the Vermont Press Association’s Matthew Lyon Award for his lifetime commitment to the First Amendment and the public's right to know the truth in Vermont. The selection was based also in part for Mike’s ongoing help with students at Saint Michael’s since 1985. He was recruited by former Journalism Department Chairman Giff Hart to initially teach Media Law, and Mike later added an extra emphasis to ethics in that class and has taught a wind range of other journalism courses, from the introductory level to advanced classes. He also has served as an academic adviser for scores of Saint Michael’s graduates. This was the first time a journalist has won the award since it was established in 2005. The first Lyon Award winner was U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, a 1961 Saint Michael’s graduate, for his efforts improving the Federal Freedom of Information Act and other right to know work.
(posted September 2015)
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.