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2014 Ancil Payne Award Winners
This year, the SOJC received 29 nominations and selected three winners: the co-editors and co-managing editors of the Neshaminy High School newspaper, The Playwickian, in Langhorne, Pa.; the Chicago Tribune and reporters David Jackson, Gary Marx and Duaa Eldeib; and The Arizona Republic and journalists Daniel Gonzalez and Bob Ortega.
About the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
Established in 1999 at the School of Journalism and Communication by Seattle broadcasting legend Ancil Payne (1921-2004), the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism celebrate the long tradition of journalists and news organizations serving the public interest by honoring them for exceptionally principled behavior.
Recipients are journalists of integrity and character who report with insight and clarity in the face of political or economic pressures. The $5000 award seeks to reward performance that inspires public trust in the media and may be given for courageous reporting or decisions that are often invisible to readers, listeners or viewers.
Ancil Payne, a leader in Northwest broadcasting and lifelong contributor to the arts, politics, and education, was CEO of KING broadcasting and helped establish its reputation for and commitment to ethical journalism. In creating the award, Payne envisioned a program that would reward journalists acting with integrity and character, restore public trust in the media, and inspire people to do good work.