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Ethics in Journalism Awards
for performing in an outstanding ethical manner

Deadline for nominations: April 17

The Ethics in Journalism Award honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. It also honors especially notable efforts to educate the public on principles embodied in the code or hold journalists ethically accountable for their behavior. The Society may present one Ethics in Journalism Award in any given year unless there are no worthy candidates. Nominations are open. Self-nomination is permitted.

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2023 Winners
– Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman
– Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune
– Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica
– William Wan, The Washington Post

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Previous Winners

2022   St. Louis Post-Dispatch

2021   Anchorage Daily News


Hannah Dreier, ProPublica
Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press

2018   Journalists from National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio

2017   Steve Buttry and Hannah Dreier

2016   Las Vegas Review-Journal journalists and Steve Majerus-Collins; Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza

2015   Samantha Grant and GUSH Productions, Bob Bajek, Douglas Ray and the staff of the Gainesville Sun

2014   Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Ted Bridis, Associated Press

2013   David Boardman, The Seattle Times

2012   Karen Gadbois, The Lens (New Orleans)

2011   No Award Given

2010   Bill Shory, WBIR-TV

2009   No Award Given

2008   Glen Mabie

2007   No Award Given

2006   Allan M. Siegal, The New York Times

2006   Jerry Roberts, George Foulsham, Don Murphy, Gerry Spratt, Michael Todd, Jane Hulse, Colin Powers, Barney Brantingham, and Scott Hadly, formerly of the Santa Barbara News-Press

2005   No awards made

2004   No awards made

2003   Jordan Rodack, Hurricane Editor, the University of Miami

2002   No awards made

2001   Otis Chandler and the newsroom staff of The Los Angeles Times

2000   No awards made

1999   No awards made

1998   David Broder, The Washington Post

1998   Steve Wilson and Jane Akre, formerly of W-T-V-T, Tampa, Florida

1997   Jerry Ceppos, San Jose Mercury News

1997   Hollis Curl, Wilcox Progress Era, Camden, Alabama

1997   Carol Marin, WBBM-TV, Chicago


Nominations should be accompanied by a letter(s) of recommendation that addresses why the nominee is deserving of this national recognition. Self-nominations are permitted.


All entries should be submitted no later than April 17.

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Contact SPJ Headquarters at 317/927-8000 or e-mail: awards@spj.org

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