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Anthony Shadid Award Recognizes Ethical Journalism

Anthony Shadid, courtesy University of Wisconsin

Anthony Shadid, courtesy University of Wisconsin

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid died in 2012 from a severe allergic reaction while crossing the Syrian border on assignment for the paper.

A highly accomplished journalist, Shadid had already won two Pulitzer Prizes for his courageous and insightful foreign correspondence.

As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Shadid sat on the school’s center for journalism ethics advisory board and was a strong supporter of efforts to promote public interest journalism and to stimulate discussion about journalism ethics.

In recognition of Shadid’s contributions to the pursuit of ethics in journalism, the school’s center for journalism ethics recently announced a call for nominations for a new, national award:

The Anthony Shadid Award for Ethics in Journalism.

The center plans to award $1,000 to a journalist (or team) whose reporting on a specific story or series best represents four key criteria: accountability, independence, reporting in search of truth and minimization of harm to subjects, sources and the public at large.

In a prepared statement, Robert Drechsel, the James E. Burgess chair in journalism ethics, explained the importance of creating a national ethics in journalism award.

“In its first five years of awards, the ethics center emphasized its Wisconsin roots and sought nominations from the state,” Drechsel said. “We now are expanding nationwide, proud to recognize Anthony’s deep and broad impact on journalism and its ethical practice.”

The nominations for the award are due March 3, 2014, and self-nominations are encouraged. For more information on how to nominate a journalist or news team, visit ethics.journalism.wisc.edu.

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