The Institute for Jewish & Community Research announces the second Annual Tobin Awards, recognizing excellence in student reporting on
anti-Semitism. The 2010-11 awards were a great success and we look forward to receiving submissions for the 2011-12 academic year.
Hostility, incivility and pervasive bias in American educational institutions remain high, 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." and the Tobin Awards are designed to give maximum exposure to on-the-ground accounts of anti-Semitism in higher education.
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 analyses 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 must be submitted for inclusion and are evaluated by an international panel of judges that includes veteran journalists and researchers on anti-semitism. Work is judged 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. International submissions are welcome.
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 30, 2012
The award competition is open to all students for writing published between September 1, 2011 and the deadline of April 30, 2012. The work should be submitted is as it appeared in its original publication.
No entry fee.