The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and the Student Free Press Association are partnering to recognize excellence in student reporting on anti-Semitism. Hostility, incivility and pervasive bias in American educational institutions have grown in recent years on campus, providing safe haven to anti-Semitism and a host of related biases, including but not limited to anti-Americanism and anti-Westernism in general. Louis D. Brandeis brilliantly stated that, “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
The Tobin Award encourages students to expose and document anti-Semitism first hand, pushing the issue into the public forum through both formal and informal reporting. Works produced by students are some of the most influential in setting the tone of campus discourse. The award offers students concerned with the devolution of civil political discourse on campus essential support and better tools to provide rational, balanced analysis on the current state of the college campus. The award for student reporting is geared toward increasing the quality and quantity of journalistic accounts of anti-Jewish hostility on campus.
Original student works will be submitted for inclusion and evaluated by a panel of judges that includes veteran journalists and civil rights experts. Work is for originality, depth, analysis, content, accuracy, and style. Particular emphasis on creativity will be placed on entries in the new media category. Judges may reassign entry categories depending on submissions.
Print journalism: Traditional media includes newspapers, magazines, television and in-depth reports. Mainstream, alternative and student outlets of any circulation size are considered. Prize amount: $1,000
New media: Web sites, blogs, podcasts, and other multimedia. Prize amount: $1,000
Entries must be submitted by April 11, 2011
The award competition is open to all students for writing published between September 1, 2010 and the deadline of April 11, 2011. The work should be submitted is as it appeared in its original publication.
No entry fee.