An annual award to recognize efforts by college journalists to protect the integrity of public dialogue on American campuses has been established by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies in UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Betty Gage Holland Award will recognize campus journalists and their newspapers or magazines for distinguished service in the ongoing battle to protect the people’s right and need to know, to force open official doors that have been closed on the people’s business and to protect the integrity of public dialogue.
The “battle for free expression and untainted public dialogue” must be fought by campus journalists, according to Conrad Fink, Grady College professor of journalism and director of the Cox Institute.
“We want to recognize the courage and journalistic initiative required when campus journalists join their professional colleagues in fighting for the people’s right to know,” Fink says.
An award of $1,000 will be made to the winning journalist(s) and $1,000 to the sponsoring newspaper or magazine. Judges will be drawn from faculty of UGA’s Grady College.