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The Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity is a very special honor that acknowledges the challenges and pressures that editors face daily. Named after the longtime editor of Billboard magazine who succumbed to a heart attack in June 2002, the award is given annually to an editor whose work displays courage, integrity and passion.
Recipients of the Timothy White Award serve as the “conscience” of their publication and fearlessly support important industry causes. They stand up to outside pressures—whether from advertisers, industry executives or upper management—that threaten to interfere with the goal of placing readers first and maintaining independent, honest and ethical journalism. In 2004, Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld, received the first Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity.
About Timothy White:
Adamant that Billboard cover not only the most acclaimed or famous artists, Tim White regularly wrote about unsung performers in his column, Music to My Ears, and was an outspoken advocate of artists' rights. He often served as the music industry's moral compass by tackling controversial issues.
He was awarded four prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for his book Rock Lives: Profiles & Interviews, for his Music to My Ears columns, for his 1993 Century Award Portrait of the Artist profile of George Harrison, and for his editing of Billboard's series on work for hire and musical copyrights.
“The first hire I made as publisher of Billboard in 1990 was Timothy,” said industry icon Howard Lander. “Besides possessing an inquisitive mind, a deep passion for music, and unmatched writing skills, Timothy led his life with the firm belief that a person had to be willing to stand up and be counted.”