The Betty Gage 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.
The annual award is co-sponsored by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the Grady College and the Student Press Law Center. It honors the late Betty Gage Holland, long-time friend of journalism education at the University of Georgia.
An award of $1,000 is presented to the winning student journalist and an additional $1,000 is given to the publication sponsoring the winning entry. The
prize and winning entry are featured at the annual Management Seminar for College News Editors held in July at the University of Georgia.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 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 news organization, whether independent or university supported, that published the pertinent material.
Nominations for the 2016-17 academic year must be submitted no later than June 1, 2017.
Submissions must include: (1) a cover letter of no more than 300 words from the nominated journalist(s) explaining his or her journalistic motive, reporting methods and impact or results of the published material, (2) an endorsement of no more than 300 words by the news organization’s publisher or adviser, and (3) web links to all news stories and commentary submitted for consideration.
Send nominations and supporting materials electronically in PDF or Word format to Ryan Marie Kor, Cox Institute Graduate Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.