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.

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ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis to receive 2017 Lovejoy Award

Alec MacGillis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter known for his deep reporting on social issues and public policy, will be honored with Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. MacGillis, who reports for ProPublica, will deliver the 2017 Lovejoy Convocation address at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel and receive an honorary doctoral degree. Learn more >>> 

 

 

The Story of Lovejoy

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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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