Colby College seeks nominations for the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism. The award, which was established in 1952, is presented annually at the Lovejoy Convocation to a member of the news profession:
- To honor and preserve the memory of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, America’s first martyr to freedom of the press and a Colby College graduate (valedictorian, Class of 1826) who died bravely rather than forsake his editorial principles.
- To stimulate and honor the kind of achievement in the field of reporting, editing, and interpretive writing that continues the Lovejoy heritage of fearlessness and freedom.
- To promote a sense of mutual responsibility and cooperative effort between a news industry devoted to journalistic freedom and a liberal arts college dedicated to academic freedom.
Once all nominations are received, the selection committee recommends finalists for the award on the basis of:
- Integrity, without which no news organization can function in its traditional role as a public servant.
- Craftsmanship, without which no one can succeed as a journalist.
- Character, intelligence, and courage.
- Potential of the work to stimulate engaging campus conversations around important issues of our times.
In the spirit of Lovejoy’s commitment to American freedom of the press, the award is granted to a journalist, regardless of title, who, in the opinion of selection committee members, has contributed to the country’s journalistic achievement.