Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism


Join the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) in celebrating the 15th annual Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism.

An award ceremony and panel discussion honoring the winners will be held on both University of Oregon campuses, in Portland and Eugene. Portland’s ceremony will be held at the Turnbull Center on Wednesday, May 20, and Eugene’s will be held at the Ford Alumni Center on Thursday, May 21.

According to an announcement on the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication website, “the award honors journalists and news organizations whose work and ethical decision making demonstrate courage and a commitment to the highest values of journalism.”

Out of 29 nominations, three winners were selected: 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. This marks the first year that a high school has been nominated for and honored with an Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism.

  • The Playwickian editors, Gillian McGoldrick and Reed Hennessy, and managing editors, Jackson Haines and Madison Buffardi, faced adversity at every turn when they decided to ban the high school’s mascot name, Redskins, from their 3,000-circulation monthly publication.
  • David Jackson, Gary Marx and Duaa Eldeib and the Chicago Tribune for a five-part series, “Harsh Treatment,” that tells the story of hundreds of young Illinois state wards who were assaulted and raped while state authorities failed to act on reports of harm.
  • Daniel Gonzalez and Bob Ortega and The Arizona Republic for “A Pipeline for Children,” that put faces on and told the story of the surge of children and families fleeing from Central America across the southern U.S. border in 2014.


Registration for both locations is free and open to the public. Please register by May 13, 2015 if you’d like to attend.

Portland registration:

Eugene registration: