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James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism

The award is given to the individual or team of journalists working for a U.S.-based media outlet who best display moral, ethical or physical courage in the pursuit of a story or series of stories. The contest is open to journalists from newspapers, television stations, online news operations, magazines or radio stations. The story subjects may be local, national or international in scope.

Award

Story or stories must be published within 2016 calendar year. Winner receives a $5,000 prize and a medal bearing the likeness of Joseph Medill, who spent more than 40 years during the mid-19th century as editor, publisher and owner of the Chicago Tribune. The award is shared for a team entry.

Rules of entry

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2018

Entries: We have moved to a paperless entry system that provides for easy upload of videos and documents.

Online entry: Web entry form

Via mail: If you cannot submit your entry electronically, send to:

Belinda Clarke
Medill - Northwestern University
1845 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208-2101

Entries become the property of Medill and will not be returned.

Entry fee: We no longer require an entry fee as it has been difficult in past years for reporters abroad, some of whom are submitting their entries from conflict zones, to send payments through the mail.

Winners

2016

2015

2014

In 2014, the name of the award was changed to honor Medill alumnus James Foley (MSJ08). While working as a freelance journalist in the Middle East, Foley was captured in Syria in 2012 and, two years later, was murdered by militants. Foley’s tireless work to report on difficult stories in a dangerous region “endures for us as a beacon reminding us of the risks implicit in shedding light where inhumanity can take hold,” said Medill Dean Brad Hamm.

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003