Harvey C. Jacobs Journalism Award
In his life, Harvey Jacobs was closely associated with two Indiana institutions. First, there was the The Indianapolis News where he served as editor for 19 years and continued to write columns for the editorial page after his retirement. Then there was Franklin College. He graduated from Franklin in 1938 with a major in journalism and English. He was director of public relations for the college from 1941 to 1949, then served as head of the journalism department from 1949 to 1955. He was a member of the Board of Trustees, served on search committees and was an important and trusted advisor to the college's presidents and staff. Following his retirement from the newspaper, Jacobs returned to Franklin College where he joined the faculty of the Pulliam School of Journalism. He taught courses to upper-class students, encouraging them to read not only newspapers but great works of literature and biographies of important Americans. He continued teaching until his death in 1997. The Harvey C. Jacobs Journalism Award was established by his widow, Charlene Jacobs, and the many friends, colleagues, students and readers who were touched by his life and work.
Recipients of the Harvey C. Jacobs Journalism Award must be seniors majoring in journalism with at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated leadership ability working on college publications or media projects. The faculty of the Pulliam School of Journalism will nominate and select the recipients with the approval of the vice president for academic affairs.