2019 Lovejoy Award: Honoring the Journalists Who Sacrificed Their Lives in 2018

Friday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m., Lorimer Chapel

Every year, throughout the world, journalists sacrifice their lives through their efforts to shed light on some of the most important issues of our times. In 2018, the high-profile murder of Jamal Khashoggi brought this ongoing issue into the mainstream.

In a special 2019 Lovejoy Award ceremony, Colby College will honor the journalists who lost their lives last year and consider the dangers journalists face in pursuit of stories that inform our global understanding. Colby College remembers its courageous alumnus Elijah Parish Lovejoy through the Lovejoy Award each fall. Born in Albion, Maine, he graduated from 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 he was killed after he refused to stop publishing anti-slavery editorials. The Lovejoy Building is named in his honor.

Through a conversation and Q&A with journalists and scholars, we will explore the courageous acts of reporters and photojournalists and the stories they uncover that add depth and humanity to our knowledge of the world’s challenges.

The convocation will be followed by an all-campus reception.


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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