Jim Trotter, an Associated Press editor formerly with the Rocky Mountain News, has been named winner of the Dart Society's 2010 Mimi Award, given annually to an editor who “embodies the compassion and leadership of the late Providence Journal editor Mimi Burkhardt.” The group is affiliated with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a resource for journalists who cover violence. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize.
The Mimi Award for editors is unique in that nominations are made by the reporters who work with them. “These men and women so rarely get the glory, but they really are the backbone of so many of the best stories written,” said award committee chair Melissa Manware Treadaway. Trotter’s nomination letter said, “But what places Jim among the best editors of his generation is his ability to point writers toward a better understanding of the human condition and the role journalists can still play in making that condition just slightly better.” Trotter, 63, was a projects editor at the Rocky Mountain News, which closed in 2009. He is now based in Phoenix as an AP enterprise editor.