Dirk Koning-George Stoney Humanistic Communication Award

The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Humanistic Communication Award is given annually to an organization or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to championing the growth and experience of humanistic community communications.

2019 Winner: Open Media Foundation

Ann Theis

Community-based Media has been an intrinsic part of Ann’s life ever since she attended Antioch College to become a documentary filmmaker. During her time at Antioch she discovered the importance of community media under the guidance of Chris Hill, Bob Devine and Anne Bohlen, and learned that teaching people to express their own voice was more important than merely documenting them.

Ann started her community media career at Manhattan Neighborhood Network as a Production Assistant and then became the Director of Production and Education. For the last 12 years, Ann has been guiding the Open Media Foundation's community media efforts with Denver Open Media and its user-driven tools that minimized staffing and operations costs. Youth Media has been a passion of hers and she has mentored hundreds of youth both at MNN and at DOM over the last twenty years. Ann has also served on the ACM Western Region and National Boards.

Tony Shawcross

As the founder and Executive Director of the Open Media Foundation, Tony has launched dozens of initiatives aimed at democratizing the tools for shaping public awareness and public policy. Tony developed and launched the visionary model for community media that became Denver Open Media. Recent efforts include Denver Open Media’s new Community Radio stations, and a Nation-Wide Transparency Service for Streaming and Archiving state and local govt video at www.Open.Media.

This year, Tony was recognized with the Colorado Press Association’s annual “Friend of the First Amendment” award for his work as a “passionate advocate of First Amendment rights, freedom of the press and open government.”

Previous Winners

2019 - Open Media Foundation
2018 - Curtis Henderson, Jr.
2017 - jesikah maria ross, Capital Public Radio
2016 – Ed Markey, U.S. Senate
2015 – Adrianne Furniss, Benton Foundation
2014 – Suzanne St. John-Crane, CreaTV San Jose
2013 – David C. Olson
2012 – Prometheus Radio Project
2011 – Susan Fleischmann, CCTV
2010 – Barbara Popovic
2009 – Randy VanDalsen
2008 – Margie Nicholson
2007 – Lauren-Glenn Davitian
2006 – Sam Behrend
2005 – Reclaim the Media, and Fred Cohn
2004 – Homer Baldwin, WCTV, Wadsworth, OH
Amy Goodman, “Democracy Now!”
2003 – Wanda Baer
2002 – The City of McMinnville, Oregon
2001 – The City of Brunswick, Ohio and Brunswick Township, Ohio
2000 – Dirk Koning, Grand Rapids (MI) Community Media Center
1999 – Sheriff B.J. Barnes
1998 – Anthony Riddle and Paula Manley
1997 – Eric Barnou
1996 – Shea & Gardner
1995 – Tremeleau County Cable Commission
1994 – Alan Dachman
1993 – Joe Van Eaton and Bob Devine
1992 – Herb Schiller
1991 – Dee Dee Halleck
1990 – The Benton Foundation
1989 – Alternative views, Austin, TX
1988 – Michael Myerson
1987 – Tom Borrup
1986 – Eugene Shirk, Mayor of Reading, PA
1985 – Nicholas Johnson
1984 – Roxie Cole
1983 – Diana Peck
1982 – Reverend Everett Parker
1981 – Jean Rice
1980 – Sue Miller Buske