Submissions open for UGA’s Holland Journalism Award

Submissions open for UGA’s Holland Journalism Award

Athens, Ga. – Submissions are now being accepted for the University of Georgia’s Betty Gage Holland College Journalism Award. This award recognizes campus journalists and their publications for distinguished service to honor and protect the integrity of public dialogue on America’s college campuses.

An award of $1,000 is made to the winning journalist(s) and an additional $1,000 to the sponsoring newspaper or magazine.

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 by campus newspapers, magazines or their websites is deemed particularly meritorious if the result is to let the people see 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 newspaper or magazine, whether independent or university supported, that published the pertinent material.

Nominations for the 2009 calendar year and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than Monday, Feb. 15.

Submissions must include: (1) three copies or tear sheets of the published material, (2) a cover letter of no more than 300 words by the nominated journalist(s) explaining the journalistic motive, reporting methods and impact or results of the published material, and (3) an endorsement of no more than 300 words by the publisher or editor in chief of the newspaper or magazine that published the material.

Send nominations to: Betty Gage Holland Award, Cox Institute, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, 120 Hooper St., Athens, Ga. 30602-3018.

The annual award is sponsored by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. It honors the late Betty Gage Holland, long-time friend of journalism education at the University of Georgia. Winning entries from previous years and additional information are available at www.grady.uga.edu/hollandaward.

For more information, contact Cecil Bentley, assistant director, Cox Institute for Newspaper Management, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia, 706/542-4993, cbentley@uga.edu.

Established in 1915, the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers seven undergraduate majors: advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to WNEG-TV, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and 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 Grady on Twitter at twitter.com/ugagrady.