NYU Announces Launch Of Peter F. Collier Award For Ethics in Journalism

The Peter F. Collier Award for Ethics in Journalism, to be granted annually with prizes up to $15,000, will recognize student and local journalists, as well as reporters who have had national or international impact. The award will be administered by the Carter Journalism Institute’s Ethics & Journalism Initiative.

Collier Award Judges: Lynn Novick, Sewell Chan, Nancy Gibbs, Gina Chua, Dean Baquet, Kerry Smith, Lynette Clemetson, Stephen Solomon, and Paul Steiger.

New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has established the Peter F.
Collier Award for Ethics in Journalism, which will celebrate acts of journalism that meet the
highest ethical standards in the face of pressure or incentives to do otherwise.

“The Collier Award is grounded in the belief that a greater focus on ethics—on rigorous,
factual reporting, transparency, humility, and fairness—can help journalists become more
effective and more trustworthy, and therefore more valuable to their audiences and to the broader
community,” said Stephen J. Adler, director of the Carter Journalism Institute’s Ethics and
Journalism Initiative, which will administer the award.

The Collier Ethics in Journalism Award, to be granted annually, will recognize
achievement by student and local journalists as well as reporters who have had national or
international impact.

The award’s panel of judges is composed of journalism professionals drawn from across
the news media landscape: Dean Baquet, executive editor of the local investigations fellowship
at the New York Times; Sewell Chan, editor in chief of the Texas Tribune, Gina Chua, executive
editor of Semafor; Lynette Clemetson, director of the Wallace House Center for Journalists at the
University of Michigan; Nancy Gibbs, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and
Public Policy at Harvard University; Lynn Novick, a documentary filmmaker who works include
Baseball (1994), The War (2007), and The Vietnam War (2017); Kerry Smith, vice president of
ethics and standards at ABC News; Stephen D. Solomon, Marjorie Deane Professor of
Journalism at the Carter Journalism Institute; and Paul Steiger, ProPublica’s founder emeritus.

The Collier Ethics in Journalism Award categories are as follows:
● A $5,000 award or scholarship for ethical work by a high school, college, or graduate
student ($500 for second place, $250 for third place)
● A $10,000 award for ethical work by a local journalist with regional significance ($1,000
for second place, $500 for third place)
● A $15,000 award for ethical work by a professional journalist or team with national or
international impact/significance ($2,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place)

Applicants will be asked to describe how they dealt ethically and effectively with at least
three of the following issues they confronted in their work, as well as any challenges they faced:

● Minimizing harm to sources, subjects, or others in the community
● Determining whether and how to identify sensitive sources
● Balancing privacy considerations with the imperative to disclose information in the
public interest
● Providing a fair opportunity to respond and upholding the “no-surprises rule,” despite the
risk of losing exclusivity or triggering a pre-publication attack on the story
● Ethically deploying data or artificial intelligence
● Avoiding false equivalency when the factual bases for opposing views are unequal
● Providing transparency to the news consumer about how you made the ethical choices
that went into the reporting of the story

Nathan S. Collier, founder and chairman of the Collier Companies, is sponsoring the
award in honor of his great grand uncle, Peter F. Collier, who emigrated from Ireland in 1866,
became a book publisher, and founded the renowned magazine, Collier’s Weekly, in 1888.

Nathan S Collier

Nathan S. Collier, funder of the Collier Award

In addition to building and running the Gainesville, Florida, based Collier Companies, which develops, manages, and owns multi-family housing, Collier has endowed a highly ranked real-estate master’s program at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. He is
an adjunct professor at UF’s Levin College of Law, where he previously earned his law degree. Collier supports accountability journalism through membership on boards, including the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review, awards programs, and endowments.

“Trust is the foundation of good journalism, both in the reader’s trust in accuracy and the source’s trust in discretion and fairness,” Collier said. “Trust in turn flows from strong, ethical standards consistently upheld. The goal of the Peter F. Collier Award for Ethics in Journalism is to maintain and uphold ethical standards in the journalistic profession and thereby help create a
better world for all.”

The establishment of the Collier Award for Ethics in Journalism follows the Carter Journalism Institute’s 2023 launch of its ethics initiative to expand existing resources for students and to conduct research and provide thought leadership on emerging ethical issues.

For updates about the application process, join the EJI mailing list. For questions, please visit the Award FAQs page or contact program manager Ryan Howzell at ryan.howzell@nyu.edu.