Long-time U.S. publisher Michael Phelps was presented the INMA Silver Shovel Award today in New York for volunteer service and lifetime achievements in the media industry.
“INMA works because a global family of congeniality and sharing is among us.” — Paulo Mira
“To be honest, I believe our award winner can be classified as a newspaper lifer, a news media lifer.” — Paulo Mira
“I would say that our winner has an advertising sales mind and a journalist’s heart.” — Paulo Mira
“I’m very very touched, I’m surprised and blown away.” — Michael Phelps
“I can say with honesty and sincerity that beyond the birth of my children and the meeting of Adrienne, this is the greatest thing that has happened in my history.” — Michael Phelps
- Award given since 1947, to what Paulo Mira calls “A newspaper lifer,” Michael Phelps has a “journalist’s heart” and won the 2013 Silver Shovel.
- Phelps held two years as president of INMA and CEO of the Washington Examiner.
Paulo Mira is president and CEO of PHD Mobi, a leading digital agency developing mobile strategy and projects for companies worldwide. Previously, Mira served as marketing and strategy director at the Miami Herald Media Co. in the United States and as corporate marketing director at Folha de S.Paulo in Brazil. He also has worked in marketing and business capacities for Nestlé, The Walt Disney Company, Sony, and MTV Music Television. Mira is a past president of INMA's Latin America Division and previously served on the INMA Board of Directors.
Michael Phelps is the past president of INMA. He is a publisher, president, and chief executive officer of the Washington Examiner, a free home-delivered daily newspaper in Washington, D.C.
Michael Phelps accepted the Silver Shovel Award on Tuesday evening at the World Congress awards ceremony.
Phelps was cited by 2012 Silver Shovel Award recipient Paulo Mira of PHD Mobi, who presented him the award, for a “career of excellence that has advanced the causes of journalism, finding new ways to pay for journalism, and positioning INMA in the middle of that great debate.”
Mira started the awards ceremony with a moment of silence to commemorate parents of the attendees, an anecdote about his hapless encounters with “The DaVinci Code” author Dan Brown, and history about the Silver Shovel Award.
The award represents INMA’s highest individual honour for unselfish dedication to the association.
Phelps “has an advertising sales mind and a journalist’s heart,” said Mira to a light-hearted audience. Mira later added that Phelps “has perhaps the most well-rounded career of any recipient of this award in its 66-year history.”
Phelps said he was “very, very touched” at the honour, saying that before dinner, Mira had “slipped” that the award winner was a “she.”
“I can say with honesty and sincerity that beyond the birth of my children and the meeting of (wife) Adrienne, this is the greatest thing that has happened in my history.”