Since 1952, Honoring Courage in Journalism

The Lovejoy Award, established at Colby College in 1952, honors a member of the newspaper profession who continues Lovejoy’s heritage of fearlessness and freedom in journalism. 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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Journalism Champion Chuck Plunkett to Receive Colby College’s 2018 Lovejoy Award

Former Denver Post editorial page editor Chuck Plunkett will receive Colby’s 2018 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism on Monday, Oct. 8.

Plunkett, an outspoken critic of newspaper buyouts that diminish local journalism, will deliver the Lovejoy Convocation address at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel and will receive an honorary degree. The public is invited to attend.

Plunkett is receiving the award for his outspoken commitment to local journalism. Earlier this year, his stance against the Denver Post’s owners, Alden Global Capital, led to his resignation from his post. He criticized the new owners for abandoning the core mission of the newspaper in search of greater profits, leading to layoffs and cost-cutting that he said crippled the paper.


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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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