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Wanted: Editorial writers and defenders of the First Amendment


The Society of Professional Journalists has opened nominations for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing and the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award. Read about the awards below and submit your applications by June 22.

Fellowship for Editorial Writing

This $75,000 fellowship awards an editorial writer the opportunity to travel, take courses or pursue independent study or other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public-interest issue. The fellow produces editorials or other writings within 18 months of receiving the award. A grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation (SPJ’s supporting foundation) supports this educational fellowship.

The Society offered the first fellowship in 1977, funded by a grant from Mrs. Eugene C. Pulliam, whose husband helped found the Society in 1909. Pulliam was also the publisher of the Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette.

Previous fellows include writers from The New York Times, The Oregonian and the Boston Globe. The full list may be viewed online. Visit SPJ’s website to learn more and submit your application materials.

First Amendment Award

This $10,000 award salutes individuals, groups or organizations who work to preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. This isn’t just for journalists — the SDX Foundation wants to honor anyone who upholds this pillar of democracy.

The award honors Eugene S. Pulliam, publisher of the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News until his death in 2000. Since 2002, the award has kept his passion for the First Amendment alive by recognizing similar values in journalists, educators, news organizations and free-speech and press advocates. A full list of honorees is available online.

Nominate a worthy person, group of people or organization for the Pulliam First Amendment Award. Visit SPJ’s website to learn more and submit the nomination materials.


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