Over the course of his 41-year career, Gene Patterson built his sterling reputation on journalistic excellence, leadership, mentorship, courage and integrity particularly during the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Patterson’s most famous editorial is “A Flower for the Graves” about responsibility for the murder of four children in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, an African American congregation in Birmingham in 1963.

The $1,000 prize will go to a student who has exemplified those qualities throughout their journalistic career at Duke. Students may nominate themselves, or may be nominated by a faculty member, an editor or someone else familiar with their work. Students who have worked for any Duke journalism publication may be nominated.

Nominations should include:
1) A 500-word email that describes specifically how a student has modeled the qualities mentioned above, and beyond reporting experience may include editing, service, and mentorship;
2) 5 pieces of journalistic work in any format or genre; and
3) A journalism resume.

Please email nominations to Shelley.Stonecipher@Duke.edu by Monday, November 14 at noon.

A panel of Duke staff, faculty and alumni will choose the winner. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 21.

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