The Hall of Fame welcomes nominations for new members. Below are the criteria and processes to assist you in making a nomination to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame or for the organization’s John P. McMeel Distinguished Service to Journalism Award.

Rules for Nomination and Induction to the Hall of Fame

The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame was established in 1966 by the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It is administered by a 17-member board of directors that includes individuals associated with journalism, including representatives of SPJ  campus and professional chapters of the society from throughout the state.
The IJHF was created to recognize those whose conspicuous contributions to the field of journalism have earned them a place in Indiana journalism history. The hall of fame is housed in Indiana University’s Franklin Hall, home of The Media School.
The process of nominating a person for enshrinement in the hall of fame may start at any time of year. But for a nominee to be considered for induction each spring, his or her nomination must be received via e-mail or postal mail by midnight the previous Oct. 1.
The nomination form is described below. A nomination letter that elaborates on that information should be included. The IJHF strongly recommends that at least two seconding letters accompany the nominating material.
Other nomination material should include, but not be limited to, examples of the nominee’s work, such as articles, books and electronic productions. All the material will become a part of the permanent hall of fame collection at Indiana University.
The complete nomination and seconding forms for the hall of fame and Distinguished Service Award are scanned and sent electronically to all 17 members of the IJHF Board of Directors by mid-October. Each member selects his or her 12 leading candidates for nomination and forwards the choices to the executive director for tallying.
The 12 leading nominations are reviewed by the full board of directors along with any supplemental material at a meeting in Indianapolis by late November. The new class of inductees are selected and notified immediately of the plans for their May induction into the hall of fame.

Guidelines for nomination:

  1. Nominees should be selected from the entire period of Indiana journalism history.
  2. Nominees should have a significant connection to Indiana and have been active in journalism for several years.

For these purposes, journalism is defined as including the direction of the editorial policy of, the editing of, or the preparation of, news and editorial content of newspapers, magazines, press or syndicated services, professional or business publications, radio or television; or, the teaching of journalism so defined. The definition is both broad — in the numbers of persons who qualify under it — and narrow, to make it clear that nominees should have been dedicated to the principle of professionalism and to the purely editorial function of the profession.
The board has determined that although some individuals may, as a part of their job, write or produce news or other public information, the following are not eligible for nomination to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame:

  • All types of public relations and house-organ personnel and information and press-relations personnel employed by government at any level or by corporations, public relations or advertising agencies, colleges or universities, non-profit corporations or foundations, or financial institutions.
  • Promotion managers employed by an institution or company, including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations.
  • Government officials and members of the armed services, with the exception of members of the editorial staff of Stars and Stripes.
  • Publications and electronic entities.

Questions regarding nomination may be directed to the executive director listed at the bottom of this page.

Nomination form:

To nominate, submit a nominating letter that elaborates on the points listed below (nomination form). The IJHF strongly recommends that at least two seconding letters and examples of the nominee’s work be included as part of the nomination.
This form and nominating letters must be submitted to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame by midnight Oct. 1 at or at the post office address below. Examples of the nominee’s work may be e-mailed or sent by postal mail. (Note: The Hall of Fame Board of Directors encourages submission by e-mail for ease in dissemination to the committee and full board, but Indiana University Journalism will scan nomination forms, seconding letters and a limited number of supporting documents for the Nomination Committee. All other documents presented will be available to the committee and the full IJHF Board at its respective meetings.)
A nomination for induction into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame should include the following information in this form:

  • Nominee name
  • What is the nominee’s Indiana connection(s)?
  • Is the nominee living or deceased (if deceased, the year, if known)?
  • Nominee’s current and/or past employment
  • Highlights of the nominee’s career, including awards received
  • Nominee’s contributions to journalism
  • Nominee’s contributions to society
  • Nominator’s name
  • Nominator’s telephone number, mail address and e-mail address

The John P. McMeel Distinguished Service to Journalism Award

The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame presents this award to honor individuals for outstanding career contributions that support Indiana journalism in ancillary means. The contributions can be made, for example, through the areas of technology, business or freedom of information. Those three areas of service and support to journalism are intended to be flexible and broadly interpreted, rather than strictly and narrowly defined.
Anyone may nominate persons for this award; a majority vote of board members is required to grant the award. Nomination, voting and presentation dates coincide with those for inducting Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame members (see above). The Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame has the latitude to determine what other ancillary contributions should be considered in selecting a recipient.
This award may be presented annually; however, there is no requirement to present this award in any given year.
Recipients per year
No more than one award may be presented during a calendar year.
Historical record
The hall of fame’s executive director shall keep an archival list of award recipients.

  • Receipt of this award does not make one a member of the Hall of Fame.
  • The award may be presented posthumously.
  • The actual “award” is a type of certificate, plaque or trophy, and its physical format may vary from year to year.

For more information, or if you have questions about either award or the nomination process, contact:
Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame Association
Lawrence P. Taylor, Executive Director
P.O. Box 785
Bloomington, IN 47402
(812) 856-9898


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