Dennis Moore, whose career in journalism has led him back to Jackson as co-editor of Mississippi Today, has been tapped as this year’s Samuel Talbert Silver Em recipient by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss.
The award, named for an early department chairman and leader in journalism education, is the most prestigious journalism honor the university bestows. Moore is the 58th honoree in the recognition limited to native Mississippians or journalists who have spent a significant part of their careers in the state. Selection is based on careers exemplifying the highest ideals of American journalism.
Moore, who studied journalism at the University of Mississippi, began his reporting career at The Clarion-Ledger, after working at The Germantown (Tenn.)Newsj and interning with Southern Living.
When Jackson landed the International Ballet Competition, Moore was assigned to provide coverage, gaining more exposure and experience to writing about the arts and entertainment.
His success took him to The Orlando Sentinel to direct its arts coverage and edit the newspaper’s Sunday magazine. He later became managing editor of the USA Today Life section, before moving to Mississippi Today.