The Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics recognizes outstanding commitment to ethical standards in the publication of important public journalism. The award honors journalists who work responsibly in the public interest despite many obstacles.
The award may be presented to a journalist (or a group of journalists) for a story or series of stories, or to a journalist who has followed ethical standards throughout their career.
The award is named after Anthony Shadid, a UW journalism alumnus and foreign reporter for the Washington Post and The New York Times. Mr. Shadid won two Pulitzer Prizes for his courageous and informed journalism. In February 2012, he died from health complications while crossing the Syrian border.
Mr. Shadid had a special connection to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, its school of journalism and the Center for Journalism Ethics. He sat on the CJE advisory board and was a strong supporter of the center’s aim to promote public interest journalism and to stimulate discussion about journalism ethics.