2013 Joseph M. Murphy Award citation for Diana Mitsu Klos
From her beginnings as a student newspaper editor in her hometown of Buffalo, NY, Diana Mitsu Klos took on a role as both young activist and public policy advocate. Leadership and advocacy came naturally to her. Her career gravitated into journalism with a series of ever more responsible positions with community and small city newspapers.
In 1996 a career change took her to the American Society of News Editors, then located in Reston, VA. Perhaps her most lasting contributions to journalism and journalism education came from her work with the ASNE, where she was instrumental in conceiving and implementing the ASNE High School Journalism Initiative.
The Initiative included my.hsj.org, a training website (hsj.org) and The Reynolds high School Journalism Institute, a free two-week training program that has served more than 1,200 journalism educators. That national effort began under her direction in 2000 and continues today after ASNE’s relocation to Columbia, MO.
For her leadership in developing that program of great assistance to students and teachers working in scholastic journalism, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is proud to confer its Joseph M. Murphy Award for Outstanding Service to Diana MItsu Klos.
- Biography for Diana Mitsu Klos
- While growing up in Buffalo, N.Y. Diana Mitsu Klos devoured the morning and afternoon newspapers and television news. By the time she was a teen at City Honors High School, she was co-editor of the school’s first newspaper, The Orion. It was cranked off the mimeograph machine in the teachers’ lounge and hawked for 10 cents.
- Klos’s passion was journalism, but she wanted to learn more about public policy. Volunteering for the student-led New York Public Interest Research Group resulted in becoming board chair at the age of 19 and moving to Manhattan.
- Klos learned much about leadership, rigotrous research, truth-telling and mentoring through early experiences like these. Barack Obama was one of her colleagues for a semester. While attending City College in Harlem, she landed a coveted, paid summer internship at Newsday.
- Klos left New York in 1988 to take her first full-time reporting job at The Daily Journal in southern New Jersey. In 1989, the New Jersey Press Association presented her with The Robert P. Kelly Award as the rookie reporter of the year. Her work in covering municipal government, breaking news, crime and general stories continued at the Asbury Park Press. In 1993, she became city editor at The Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin. And then managing editor of the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal.
- A career change came in 1996, when Klos joined the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Reston, Va., as project director. Klos’s signature work began in 2000. As senior project director, she developed and supervised The High School Journalism Initiative, which grew to six components.
- The initiative includes my.hsj.org, the world’s largest online/digital hub dedicated solely to hosting youth journalism, a training website (hsj.org) and The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, a free two-week training program that has served more than 1,200 journalism educators.
- As the force behind program development, grant-writing and entrepreneurial efforts totaling $16 million, Klos’s leadership has made a significant impact on youth journalism, continuing education for teachers, and media and news literacy. She worked closely with the nation’s six largest organizations dedicated to scholastic journalism, and a host of state groups, in an effort to strengthen all.
- Her work has been honored by AEJMC’s Scholastic Journalism Division, which presented Klos with the Robert P. Knight Multicultural Award in 2004. Klos was honored with a Gold Key from CSPA in 2007.
- Klos departed ASNE upon its relocation to Missouri last fall. A resident of northern Virginia, she is an executive strategist for media, associations and non-profits. She researched and wrote “The State of Women in the U.S. Media,” a meta-analysis released by the Women’s Media Center in February.