PhotoThe Media Policy Center, a Santa Monica non-profit, today announced establishment of the Martin H. Bosworth Award for Consumer Journalism, an award to be given annually to the individual or organization whose work in the preceding year best exemplifies consumer-centered news reporting.

The award is named for Martin H. Bosworth, the late managing editor of ConsumerAffairs and is funded by a grant from James R. Hood, the founder and editor of the consumer Web site.

“Martin was a tireless and fearless crusader for the everyday consumer. His outstanding work benefited millions of individuals and lives on to this day in ConsumerAffairs' reporting and consumer empowerment efforts,” Hood said. “He was a big guy with a big voice and consumers lost a real champion when he was taken from us long before his time.”

Bosworth was 35 when he died at his Los Angeles home two years ago of a circulatory disorder. A graduate of Boston University, he joined ConsumerAffairs as a free lance reporter in Washington, D.C., in 2005, later becoming a fulltime staff member. He was named Managing Editor in 2008 and in 2009 led the transfer of the Web site's editorial operations to Los Angeles.

One of the first peer review sites on the Web, ConsumerAffairs, founded in 1998, publishes consumer reviews that empower consumers to collaboratively find the products and services that best suit their needs and helps them identify shoddy practices and outright scams. Its news reports deal with automotive, personal finance, health, travel and other consumer issues.

The Media Policy Center addresses issues of social welfare, public policy, education, the environment, and health care. Its primary goal is to inform, challenge, and ultimately engage a responsive citizenry and to encourage full and meaningful debate and participation across the political, social, and economic spectrum.

Media Policy Center co-CEOs Harry Wiland and Dale Bell said the first Bosworth award will be presented in February 2013 at a dinner ceremony in Santa Monica. Details and nomination forms will be available later this year.


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