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Shadid Award Nomination

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.

 

A graduate of the UW-Madison journalism school, Mr. Shadid sat on the Center for Journalism Ethics advisory board and was a strong supporter of the center’s aim to promote public interest journalism and to stimulate discussion about journalism ethics.

 

The Anthony Shadid Ethics Award includes a $1,000 prize and expenses to accept the award in Washington D.C.

 

We seek nominations for 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. Past winners can be viewed here.

 

While some regard ethics as a set of rules to follow, the Center for Journalism Ethics sees them as balancing conflicting values. For example:

 

  • Ethical journalists diligently seek truth. At the same time they seek to minimize harm to innocent individuals, the community or society at large. This can present a conflict.
  • Ethical journalists value transparency but respect privacy. Their search for truth may sometimes require anonymity for sources or violation of privacy. These also present conflicts.

Entries will be judged solely on the thoughtfulness and responsibility of the journalists in resolving such conflicting values.

 

Letters of nomination must include:

  1. The name and contact information of the nominator and their relationship to the story, and the identity of the reporter or reporting team that produced the report.
  2. A brief description of the story and a link to it online.
  3. The conflicting values encountered in reporting a story.
  4. The options considered to resolve the conflict.
  5. The final decision and the rationale for making it.

Nomination Letters of three pages or less should be saved in pdf format and attached to an e-mail sent to ethicsaward@journalism.wisc.edu

 

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.

 

By entering this competition, you grant the Center for Journalism Ethics permission to use your entry as a positive example of ethical decision-making if your entry is judged a finalist for the award.

 

If you are chosen as a finalist for the award, your nomination letter will be posted on our website. If there is anything within the nomination letter that needs to be kept confidential, please let us know.

FAQs

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 ethicsaward@journalism.wisc.edu.

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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