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2018 Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism ($10,000 prize) for U.S.-based journalists

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Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Established in 1999 by Seattle broadcasting legend Ancil Payne (1921–2004), the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism honors media organizations and journalists who report with integrity and character in the face of personal, political, or economic pressure.

The $10,000 prize honors courageous reporting and difficult ethical decisions that make a difference in the community but are often invisible to readers, listeners, or viewers.

Nomination Criteria


The Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism honors cigroups 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.


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.


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) f recommendation explaining why the nominee deserves an Ancil Payne Award.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism

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