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.
New Yorker staff writer and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo will receive the 2015 Lovejoy Award Oct. 5 in recognition of the quality of her research, the intensity of her prose, and the critically important theme of inequality that informs her work.
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.