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School of Journalism and Mass Communication


What is the shadid award for journalism ethics?

The Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics recognizes outstanding application of ethical standards by an individual journalist or group of journalists. The award is named after Anthony Shadid, a University of Wisconsin-Madison 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.

When are nominations due to the committee?

11:59 p.m. Jan. 31, 2017

Who should I nominate?

Yourself, a journalist, or a group of journalists who has exhibited outstanding commitment to ethical standards in the publication of important public journalism during 2016.

Is there a cost to nominate someone?

No. It is free.

What kind of publications are not accepted?

Documentaries and books are not accepted. We seek journalism published in any other medium, though, including but not limited to websites, newspapers, radio, television, and digital platforms.

How are the nominations judged?

The committee of journalists and editors uses the nominations materials provided to choose the finalists and awardee based on the thoughtfulness and responsibility of the journalists in resolving an ethical dilemma.

What should I submit to the committee?

Send the committee a letter no more than three pages. Include the name and contact information of the nominator and the nominator’s relationship to the story and the reporter or reporting team. Additionally, the letter should include:

  • A brief description of the story and a link to it online.
  • The conflicting values encountered in reporting.
  • The options considered to resolve the conflict.
  • The final decision and the rationale for making it.

How do I submit nominations?

Send the nomination letter in PDF format to

When will the finalists be announced?

The committee expects to narrow the nominations to finalists in early March.

What does the winner receive?

The award includes a $1,000 prize and travel expenses to accept the award and discuss the reporting at an event in Washington, D.C.

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