Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline March 2, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Established in 1999 at the School of Journalism and Communication by Seattle broadcasting legend Ancil Payne (1921-2004), the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism celebrate the long tradition of journalists and news organizations serving the public interest by honoring them for exceptionally principled behavior.

Ancil Payne, a leader in Northwest broadcasting and lifelong contributor to the arts, politics, and education, was CEO of KING broadcasting and helped establish its reputation for and commitment to ethical journalism. In creating the award, Payne envisioned a program that would reward journalists acting with integrity and character, restore public trust in the media, and inspire people to do good work.

Tips for Winning:

Recipients are journalists of integrity and character who report with insight and clarity in the face of political or economic pressures.

Notable Winners


• Michael Phillips of the Wall Street Journal for “The Lobotomy Files,” a report on the estimated 2,000 World War II veterans lobotomized by the Veterans Administration.

• University of Alabama Crimson White editors for “The Final Barrier,” which exposed examining segregation in Greek life segregation.

• Reuters was honored for publishing “Assets of the Ayatollah”, even after being warned that running the series might hurt its attempts to reopen its Tehran bureau.


Monetary/Material Award Details


Eligibility Requirements

• Nominations for the Ancil Payne Awards are limited to material published, broadcast, or posted in the United States, or decisions made by journalists or news organizations based in the United States.
• Entries are open to work published or decisions made from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
• Nominations must be submitted by Monday, March 3, 2015.
• Nominee is a working media professional, a student journalist or a media organization.
• Nominee has exhibited extraordinary commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct in journalism, even when faced with economic, personal or political pressure.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

When completing the NOMINATION FORM, please provide the following information:

• Name and title of nominee
• Organization or publication name
• Contact information of the nominee, including address, phone, fax and e-mail
• Contact information for the person making the nomination.
• The date of publication or the date of the nominated decision
• Articles, tapes, web pages, or other materials
• A letter supporting the nomination. The letter should explain the ethical significance of the nominated work and, where possible, the decision-making process of the nominees.

When an entry is nominated for not publishing, or for exceptional behavior in another ethical dilemma, the supporting materials should explain the circumstances, and with clarity, the reasoning.

Entry Format

Entry is online only.

Journalists and outlets can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. Up to two awards will be given annually.

Contact Information

School of Journalism and Communication
1275 University of Oregon
Allen Hall Room 219
Eugene, OR 97403-1275
Phone: 541-346-2897
Fax: 541-346-0682
[email protected]

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