Nominations due January 8

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks nominations for the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. Now in its seventh year, the Shadid Award recognizes ethical decisions in reporting stories in any journalistic medium, including, print, broadcast and digital, by those working for established news organizations or publishing individually.

The award focuses on current journalism and does not include books, documentaries and other long-term projects. Entries should involve reporting done for stories that were published or broadcast in 2017. Individuals or news organizations may nominate themselves or others.

Nominations are now being accepted. All entries are due by Jan. 8, 2018.

The Shadid Award includes a $1,000 prize and travel expenses to accept the award and discuss the reporting at a ceremony in Washington D.C. April 5, 2018.

Judging committee chair Lucas Graves said this prize is different from other journalism awards because it highlights the difficult behind-the-scenes decisions reporters make in pursuing high-impact stories while fulfilling their ethical obligations to sources, to people caught up in news events, and to the public at large.

“The stories nominated are always phenomenal, but the committee makes the decision on the finalists and winners by considering how reporters and editors negotiated ethical dilemmas while reporting,” he said.

Previous winners of the award include:

  • 2017: Shane Bauer, Mother Jones
  • 2016: Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Esther Htusan, Associated Press
  • 2015: David Jackson, Gary Marx, Duaa Eldeib and Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune
  • 2014: Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo and Ted Bridis, Associated Press

A graduate of UW-Madison, Anthony Shadid died in 2012 on a reporting assignment in Syria for the New York Times. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his courageous and insightful foreign correspondence. Shadid sat on the ethics center’s advisory board and strongly supported its efforts to promote public interest journalism and to stimulate discussion about journalism ethics.

Letters of nomination must include:

  1. Name and contact information of the nominators and their relationship to the story
  2. Names of the reporter or reporting team that produced the report
  3. Brief description of the story and a link to it online
  4. Description of conflicting values encountered in reporting the story
  5. Options considered to resolve the conflicts
  6. Final decisions and rationales behind them

Nomination letters of three pages or less should be saved in pdf format and attached to an email sent to ethicsaward@journalism.wisc.edu.

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