Margo Hammond, the book editor of the St. Petersburg Times, isn't too thrilled about the nomination of the on the 9/11 commission report for a National Book Award. Sure, the report is novelistic and all, she writes on the Web site of the Poynter Institute (a school for journalists), "but shouldn't we be disturbed that the five National Book Award judges in nonfiction ... think this is one of the best five books of nonfiction written this year? A book written by the government about its own failures?" When you say that the best thing yet written about 9/11 and its aftermath was produced by the government itself, that's hitting journalists where they live.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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