Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is accepting submissions through June 1 for the Betty Gage Holland Award for excellence in college journalism.
The Holland Award recognizes campus journalists and their publications for distinguished service to honor and protect the integrity of public dialogue on America’s college campuses.
The annual award is co-sponsored by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at Grady College and the Student Press Law Center headquartered in Arlington, Va. It honors the late Betty Gage Holland, long-time friend of journalism education at UGA.
An award of $1,000 is made to the winning journalist(s) and an additional $1,000 to the sponsoring news organization. The prize and winning entry are featured at the annual Management Seminar for College News Editors held in July at UGA.
Of special importance to judges are news stories, institutional editorials, personal commentaries or columns that single out for public examination any act that results in distortion or pollution of the public discourse. Use of open records or “sunshine” laws is deemed particularly meritorious if the result shows the people’s business being done.
Nominations for the award may be made by or on behalf of any journalist(s) regularly enrolled in a university or college at the time of publication and also by or on behalf of any campus news organization-whether independent or university supported-that published the pertinent material.
Nominations for the 2013-14 academic year must be submitted no later than June 1. Submissions must include: (1) a cover letter of no more than 300 words from the nominated journalist(s) explaining his or her journalistic motive, reporting methods and impact or results of the published material, (2) an endorsement of no more than 300 words by the news organization’s publisher or adviser, and (3) links to all news stories and commentary submitted for consideration (or PDF duplicates, if not published online).
Send nominations and supporting materials electronically in PDF or Word format to Cecil Bentley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous winners and additional information may be found at www.grady.uga.edu/hollandaward.
UGA Grady College
Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in journalism, advertising, public relations, digital and broadcast journalism and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees and is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see www.grady.uga.edu or follow @UGAGrady on Twitter.