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James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism

Nominations for the 2020 award are due Feb. 1, 2021

This 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.

In 2014, the name of the award was changed to honor Medill alumnus James Foley (MSJ08). Foley was captured while reporting in Syria in 2012 and killed by ISIS extremists in 2014.

Award

Story or stories must be published within the previous calendar year. The 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.

Entry Details

The nomination form for the 2020 award is now open. The submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2021.

Submit a nomination

We have a paperless entry system that provides for easy upload of videos and documents. We do accept paper copies if you cannot submit your entry electronically. Entries become the property of Medill and will not be returned.

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.

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