This story was posted on May 18, 2011.
The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame has instituted a new award to honor individuals who have made contributions to journalism through such ancillary areas as technology, business or freedom of information.
The Distinguished Service to Journalism Award will be presented to one person each year who has influenced journalism in Indiana, said president Ray Moscowitz, adding that the award won't necessarily be given each year.
"In recent years, we have had people nominated or mentioned as possible nominees who have served journalism in a distinguished way, though their work wasn’t necessarily journalistic in nature,” he explained. “But the board felt that these people ought to be recognized by the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. We think this new award adds to the hall's important place in Indiana."
Anyone may nominate persons for this award. A majority vote of board members will be required in the approval process. Nomination, voting and presentation dates coincide with dates used for selecting and inducting Hall of Fame members. Follow guidelines on the Nominations page.
Moscowitz said other guidelines are:
- Only one award will be presented each year.
- The board has no requirement that the award must be presented each year.
- Receipt of this award does not make one a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
- The award may be presented posthumously.
If board members receive nominations and select a recipient, the first award could be announced as early as 2012.