The in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced a five-year, $1.3 million grant to the in support of the school’s annual broadcast journalism award program.
Given to the best in broadcast, documentary, and digital reporting, the are designed to inform the public about the contributions news organizations and journalists make to their communities and the world and support journalism education and innovation.
Created by Jessie Ball duPont in 1943 in memory of her late husband, the awards are funded through the , to which the grant was awarded.
"By celebrating great reporting, the awards strive to do more than set standards for the profession," said Steve Coll, dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism at Columbia. "The awards seek to encourage media companies, now under considerable financial pressure, to allocate resources for ambitious reporting in the public interest."