Entry Deadline For Payne Journalism Ethics Awards

The deadline to nominate an individual or an organization for the Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism is February 24, 2006. The program is in its seventh year of honoring the highest ethical standards of print, broadcast, and new media journalism, and is adminstered by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

The awards for ethical decisions made in 2005 will be awarded to individuals - including students and professionals - and organizations from among the nominations received before the February deadline. There is a $1,000 USD prize for individual and student awards, and nominations will be accepted from peers or from the individuals or the organizations involved. Information about the simple nomination form is online at http://payneawards.uoregon.edu.

Last year's winners include The Denver Post, for adhering to an established privacy policy by not naming an alleged rape victim even though competing Denver media named the woman; Kevin Sites, for "responding thoughtfully, including use of his Web Blog, when his war footage generated negative reaction"; and a special citation to Jon Leiberman for "speaking out when he disagreed with his employer, even at the risk of being fired." (Leiberman, formerly Sinclair Broadcasting's Washington DC bureau chief, was fired after publicly protesting his employer's decision to air programming critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry just days before the 2004 election.)