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UGA Cox Institute issues call for Betty Holland College Journalism Award

UGA's Cox Institute issues call for Betty Holland College Journalism Award

Athens, Ga. – The annual call for submissions has been issued for the Betty Gage Holland Award for college journalists. 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.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 or magazines 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 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 2008 calendar year and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 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 in the University of Georgia 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 found at

For more information, contact Cecil Bentley, assistant director, Cox Institute for Newspaper Management, UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, at 706/542-4993 or

Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers seven undergraduate majors including 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