Prize in Strategic Comm for Public Good

John F. Murray Prize in Strategic Communication for the Public Good
Deadline for nominations extended: August 1, 2011

The 2011 John F. Murray Prize in Strategic Communication for the Public Good will be awarded by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Iowa to a pioneering innovator who uses communications to ennoble the human spirit. The Selection Committee seeks an individual whose work through persuasive communication has elevated the well-being of our shared human existence. Such a person will have conceived of, played a key role in, or carried out a vital public campaign aimed at increasing awareness – or spurring a behavioral change – of a fundamental issue that improves the world in which we live. Innovators may have spearheaded public causes, such as advancing health care, education, environment/sustainability, quality of life, or democratic values and governance. They may have created a successful civic project that caused dramatic, quantifiable, and necessary reforms. The results should have a clear and demonstrable impact in either the public or private sectors. To be considered for the award, the impact of the nominee’s action must be publicly documented. Candidates may have devoted substantial parts of their careers to promoting the causes and efforts advanced by the Murray Prize. Candidates may reside in the United States or elsewhere. The winner of the John F. Murray Prize in Strategic Communication for the Public Good may serve in any strategic communication profession. The Murray Prize is not necessarily given every year. In rare circumstances, the Prize may be given to a group or institution. The John F. Murray Prize will consist of an engraved crystal bowl and an honorarium of $2,500. The selection of the winner of the John F. Murray Prize in Strategic Communication for the Public Good will be made by the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Iowa. The winner will deliver a public address at an event held in his/her honor in July 2011. The Prize is named after the late John F. Murray, an internationally known benefactor and philanthropist and strategic communication pioneer. To nominate a candidate for the Murray Prize, please send a letter, outlining in detail the nominee’s qualifications and any supporting material to sjmc-murrayprize@uiowa.edu. Only electronic nominations and materials will be accepted.