Since 1952, Honoring Courage in Journalism

Colby’s Lovejoy Award, established in 1952, honors a member of the newspaper profession who continues Elijah Parish Lovejoy’s heritage of fearlessness and freedom. The recipient may be an editor, reporter, or publisher who has contributed to the nation’s journalistic achievement. Criteria include integrity, craftsmanship, character, intelligence, and courage.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Lovejoy Award. Visit our Criteria page for submission instructions.

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ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis receives 2017 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism

Alec MacGillis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter known for his deep reporting on social issues and public policy, was honored with Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 2.Morning Sentinel article >>>Convocation Video >>>
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The Story of Lovejoy


Elijah Parish Lovejoy was born in Albion, Maine, and graduated from Waterville College (now Colby) in 1826. On Nov. 7, 1837, in Alton, Ill., the newspaper editor became America’s first martyr to the freedom of the press when a pro-slavery mob set fire to the building that housed his press. Killed as he attempted to extinguish the blaze, he was buried on his 35th birthday.
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