Jessie Ball duPont Fund Gives $1.3 Million for Journalism Awards

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced a five-year, $1.3 million grant to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in support of the school’s annual broadcast journalism award program.

Given to the best in broadcast, documentary, and digital reporting, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in Broadcast Journalism 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 Alfred I. duPont Awards Foundation, 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."

"Jessie Ball duPont Fund Gives $1.3 Million to Support Journalism Awards." Jessie Ball duPont Fund Press Release 02/27/2015.