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The Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism were created at the University of Oregonmarker's School of Journalism & Communications in 1999. In the words of the school's dean, Tim Gleason, the awards were created "to honor the journalist of integrity and character who reports with insight and clarity in the face of political or economic pressures and to reward performance that inspires public trust in the media."





  • Virginia Gerst, for her management of a conflict with the Pioneer Press regarding a negative restaurant review.
  • Bakersfield Californian for its reporting on the stabbing death of a government attorney.
  • Joel Elliott of Toccoa Falls Collegemarker, for his role in exposing dishonesty in the resume of the college's president.




  • David Offer, editor of Stars and Stripes, for resigning to protest publisher censorship.
  • D'Anne Hamilton and Nellie Moore, for protesting an editorial decision.
  • The Jackson Sun for its historical coverage of voting rights demonstrations in 1960, including an examination of why the paper did not cover the events at the time.


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  • Payne Awards School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

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