Who: The Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism honors U.S.-based individual journalists, groups of journalists, newsrooms, or news organizations that make a difference in their communities while exhibiting extraordinary commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct in journalism, even when faced with personal, economic, or political pressure.
What: Nominations can be for a single story or a series in any medium—including newspaper, magazine, broadcast, podcast, or online publication—published in the 2017 calendar year. The judges are most interested in the challenging decisions nominees have made and the process they used to report, write, edit, and publish (or chose not to publish) journalism that made a difference. We would like to see more nominations of multimedia, broadcast, and web-based work this year.
How: To nominate yourself or other journalists or news organizations, please fill out our online nomination form by February 15, 2018. The form will ask you to share contact information, answer brief summary questions about the ethical issues faced, and share links to the published work if available. You can also upload optional letter(s) of recommendation explaining why the nominee deserves an Ancil Payne Award.