James Foley Medal For Courage in Journalism

Awards

Medill students, alumni and faculty are regularly recognized with some of the top awards for journalism, media and integrated marketing communications excellence. Current Medill students participate in the Hearst Journalism Awards Competition and numerous other contests, and Medill alumni have gone on to win Pulitzers, Emmys and many other awards recognizing excellence. Medill confers three major awards to working journalists. Through the Medill network, our students have access to some of the best and most recognized minds in the field.

We include here a number of awards, presented at graduation convocation each year, that students can aspire to as a capstone to their Medill education. 

Ida B. Wells Award

Recognizes professional journalists or news executives who have opened the doors of employment opportunity for minority journalists.

More

Pulitzer Prizes

Medill recognizes the outstanding work by alumni recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, bestowed for excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917. The Pulitzers were established by provisions in the will of publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Prizes are awarded yearly in 21 categories.

More

Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The Hearst awards are the top national honors for undergraduate journalism in which Medill has a long record of success.

More

Harrington Awards

Medill's highest awards for graduate journalism students honor the top students in each major area of study.

More

Bernard Gordon Entrepreneurial Award

Named for Bernard Gordon, co-founder of the Medill Magazine Publishing Project, this award honors top master's students in the magazine concentration.

More

Gertrude and G.D. Crain Award

The Crain award is given to students in the Medill Magazine Publishing Project who exhibit outstanding management potential.

More

Gary Cummings Memorial Award

This award for undergraduates who excel in broadcast journalism is named for Gary Cummings, who directed Medill's broadcast journalism program.

More

William C. Fyffe Award

The Fyffe award recognizes Medill undergraduates who demonstrate professional competency in and dedication to the mission of broadcast journalism.

More

Valedictorian Award

The Valedictorian Award honors the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average.

More

Euro RSCG Tatham Award

It is named for Northwestern graduate Arthur E. Tatham, who was a leader in the Chicago advertising industry.

More

Jack Sissors Memorial Award

The Sissors award is given to the IMC student who best exemplifies the qualities of mentorship and generosity of intellect, spirit and personality.

More

Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications Award

The JIMC award honors students for leadership in editing and managing this internationally distributed journal of theory and practice.

More

Robert E. "Buck" Buchanan Award

The award is presented to IMC students who have demonstrated superior understanding of how message-delivery systems produce effective customer contacts.

More

Stanley Tannenbaum Memorial Award

The Tannenbaum award honors the IMC student with the highest cumulative grade-point average.

More

Student Service Award

This award honors IMC students who help build the program through service to other students.

More

Richard C. Christian Award

This award recognizes the student or students who each year make notable contributions to advancing the learning experience for themselves and their peers.

More

Ronald B. Kaatz Humanitarian Award

This award recognizes IMC students who best exemplify the qualities through mentoring and demonstrating generosity of intellect, spirit and personality.

More

Walter Dill Scott Award

Award honors an outstanding IMC student and is named for the 10th president of Northwestern University.

More

Hall of Achievement

The Hall of Achievement was established in 1997 to honor Medill alumni whose distinctive careers have had positive impacts on their fields - be those journalism, the arts, business, academia, nonprofits, and others. Medill alumni have achieved incredible success not only in the media, but in the business world as well. These are their stories.

More

NAJA Medill Milestone Achievement Award

The NAJA Medill Milestone Achievement Award honors an individual who has made a lasting impact on media for the benefit of Native American communities and the general public relative to Native Americans. It celebrates and encourages responsible storytelling and journalism in Indian Country.

More