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Hillary Clinton to speak at journalism ceremony

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Hillary Clinton will give the keynote address at a political journalism award ceremony in March as the likely presidential candidate, who has had a sometimes-rocky relationship with the press, heads toward a campaign.

{mosads}Clinton will speak at a ceremony on March 23 in Washington for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, sponsored by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. 

Robin Toner, for whom the award is named, was the first woman to be the national political correspondent for The New York Times, and she covered much of Clinton’s career before dying of cancer in 2008. 

Clinton is widely expected to run for the White House in 2016, with some observers speculating that an announcement could come in March or April. 

Clinton has long had a fraught relationship with the press, dating back to the scandals of the 1990s when she was first lady.

In October, at a technology conference in San Francisco, Clinton decried the state of the press, saying it creates “hurdles for people who want to serve.”

“If you look at how much time used to be spent reporting the news, the real news, not analyzing it, but reporting the news, in the 1960s and ’70s compared to now, it’s dramatically shrunk,” Clinton said.

“And people are looking for the best angle, the quickest hit, the biggest embarrassment, instead of in a democracy doing what we should be doing, which is giving people information so they can be decisionmakers, since as voters, indeed they are,” she added.

The Newhouse School dean praised Clinton as an example for women. 

“It’s an extraordinary pleasure to have Secretary Clinton as our speaker at this important event,” Dean Lorraine Branham said in a statement. “She is a vivid example — like Robin — of a pioneering woman at the top of her profession.”

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