The Eugene Cervi Award was established by ISWNE in 1976 to honor the memory of Eugene Cervi of the Rocky Mountain Journal in Denver by recognizing a newspaper editor who has consistently acted in the conviction that "good journalism begets good government."
The award is presented not for a single brave accomplishment, however deserving, but for a career of outstanding public service through community journalism and for adhering to the highest standards of the craft with the deep reverence for the English language that was the hallmark of Gene Cervi's writing. The award also recognizes consistently aggressive reporting of government at the grassroots level and interpretation of local affairs.
Following his death at 64 in 1970, the New York Times described Cervi as "one of the most outspoken voices in American journalism." Today, several ISWNE members still regard him as their "journalism conscience."
In addition to a letter of nomination, letters of support and samples of work are encouraged.
Nominations should be mailed to:
ISWNE Executive Director
Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO 64801-1595.
For priority consideration, nominations should be postmarked by March 1.