University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication Announces 2013 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism are Open for Nominations

Annual award recognizes American journalists and news organizations that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to ethics

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How ethical decisions about controversial stories are made and reported – or in some cases, not reported – is the core of what makes media trustworthy, and we are glad to honor journalists and news organizations that whose actions reinforce that trust.

Eugene, Ore. (PRWEB) January 07, 2013

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication announced today that nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism for outstanding ethical decisions or work published in 2012. A hallmark for excellence in journalism ethics, the annual award recognizes journalists and news organizations that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal, or political pressure.

“During a time when, according to a new Gallup poll, less than a quarter of the American public gives journalists high marks for honesty and ethics, it is even more important to recognize those who embody those very values,” said Tim Gleason, Dean of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

“How ethical decisions about controversial stories are made and reported – or in some cases, not reported – is the core of what makes media trustworthy, and we are glad to honor journalists and news organizations that whose actions reinforce that trust.”

In 2012, Ancil Payne Awards were given to freelance journalists Matthew LaPlante and Rick Egan for their efforts to document the ritual killing of “cursed” children in Ethiopia’s South Omo River Valley, and to the Yancey County News, a weekly newspaper in rural Burnsville, North Carolina which, in 15 months of operation, established itself as a check on corrupt local law enforcement.

The Ancil Payne Awards accepts entries from news organizations and professional and student journalists in broadcasting, print, or digital media. Journalists and outlets can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. Nominations for the Ancil Payne Awards are limited to material published, broadcast, or posted in the United States, or decisions made by journalists or news organizations based in the United States. Nominations can be submitted online at http://journalism.uoregon.edu/payneawards/forms_criteria and are due no later than February 28, 2013.

A panel of judges representing both the news industry and academia will determine the 2013 Ancil Payne Awards winners. The awards ceremony will be held in May, 2013 in the new Allen Hall, home to the School of Journalism and Communication on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. Winners of the 2013 Ancil Payne Awards will be announced in April 2013.

About the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
Established in 1999 at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication by Seattle broadcasting legend Ancil Payne (1921-2004), the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism honor journalists and news organizations that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal, or political pressure.

Ancil Payne, a leader in Northwest broadcasting and lifelong contributor to the arts, politics, and education, was CEO of KING broadcasting and helped establish its reputation for and commitment to ethical journalism. In creating the award, Payne envisioned a program that would reward journalists acting with integrity and character, restore public trust in the media, and inspire people to do good work.

About the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) produces outstanding writers, editors, digital media makers, strategists and critical thinkers by providing a program grounded in ethics, innovation, and social responsibility. Students hone their skills while participating in award-winning student media such as Flux, OR Magazine, Mosaic, and Oregon News, and more than 10 student groups including Allen Hall Advertising, Allen Hall Public Relations and the National Broadcasters Association. In addition to learning from an accomplished and diverse faculty, students have unparalleled opportunities to network and learn from experienced industry professionals. The SOJC hosts the annual Journalists- and Executives-in-Residence programs, as well annual events including the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism and the annual Johnston and Ruhl Lectures. The school counts nine Pulitzer Prize winners among its more than 9,000 graduates. journalism.uoregon.edu


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