Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The slender young man in the tan suit standing at the edge of the Kennedys' pool at Hickory Hill Thursday night seemed to be enjoying himself. Turned out he was. "A really snazzy place," he said looking around the ample grounds. He got invited because he was one of the winners in the 10th annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.
A reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jonathan Neumann share with his colleague William K. Marimow, who was standing nearby, the top prize in print coverage for a series of police violence in Philadelphia. The series also won Sigma Delta Chi and Scripps-Howard awards and a Pulitzer Prize.
"A constant 'up' - it was really incredible," said the 28-year-old Neumann, recalling the three weeks starting in late March when the awards poured in. "My partner was in Guatemala on vacation when we won the Kennedy," he said. "In fact Bill was out of town when we got the next award, so we determined he should be out of town all the time."
It is the second straight year Inquirer reporters have won the top Kennedy award, and a Pulitzer as well. This year's grand prize of $3,000 and first prize in broadcast coverage went to a CBS team of Bill Moyers (currently on assignment in the Dominican Republic), writer director-producer Tom Spain, executive producer Howard Stringer and cameraman Dan Lerner for a "CBS Reports" program on conditions in the South Bronx. The group donated the prize money to helping alleviate the conditions they found.
As a large contingent of journalists and Kennedy friends looked on, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy praised the winners "for the very great difference you've had in people's lives," the program being dedicated, according to awards committee chairman Jack Nelson of the Los Angeles Times, to "keeping the plight of America's disadvantaged in the public's consciousness."
The photojournalism award that went to John H. White - for a picture of the emotional arrival of a Russian Jewish immigrant in the U.S. - was probably the last award to be won by a member of the recently folded Chicago Daily News.
"It's like the last hurrah for the Daily News," said White, with emotion. "Such a team. There's not many papers with the team spirit that the Daily News had."
There was one Washington winner, Jane Lincoln, a freshman at Oberlin College. As a high school senior at Wilson, she wrote an article describing her impressions of the Mount Pleasant of the Miami News, and Peter A. Silva of the neighborhood for the Urban Journalism Workshop.