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Sharyl Attkisson establishes ION award for original or investigative reporting by U of F Students

Award-winning journalist and University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications alumna Sharyl Attkisson, B.S. Telecommunication 1982 and Hall of Fame

1999, has donated funds to establish the Sharyl Attkisson Investigative and Original News (ION) Prize, intended to encourage fresh, innovative and open-minded approaches to independent reporting on important public policy issues at the university, city, county, state or national levels.


A first-place prize of $3,500 and an honorable mention prize of $1,500 will be awarded for reporting that uncovers facts and illuminates issues not previously known or rarely discussed at the time of publication. The work must have been produced and published in either a student, university or professional publication during the 2021-22 academic year. The contest is open to all UF students enrolled during that year.


The contest entry period will begin in March 2022.


Attkisson is a NYT bestselling author and is managing editor of the national Sunday TV show, “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.” For 30 years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at CBS News, PBS, CNN and in local news. She is a five-time Emmy Award winner, and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting.



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rosie16
rosie16
Oct 01, 2021

Time was, a reporters didn't need a college degree to do their jobs. All they needed was an inquisitive mind and the gumption to go out and investigate. IMHO, college degrees in journalism have ruined journalism. I don't know what they teach, but I suspect it's not who, what, when, where, why, and how. Rather, it seems schools of "journalism" teach mostly bias and snark.

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I like Sharyl, a lot, and have great respect for her work. Imo, she is fair and honest. My first question is who vets the article/publication for accuracy and truthfulness. I would hope that a monetary stipend is never awarded to anyone publishing merely more non-factual; biased; fake; obfuscated information, like the 1619 trash.

I got to believe and hope Sharyl would insure that never happens.

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