It’s been a remarkable year for New York Times Paris bureau chief Alissa J. Rubin. In April, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for her previous work in Afghanistan. And last night, she was at Maine’s Colby College to accept the 2016 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.
Dan Shea, director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby and a member of the selection committee, told Morning Sentinel reporter Rachel Ohm that Rubin was a textbook candidate:
“Her work in so many war zones and her willingness to put herself in so many dangerous situations made it an easy selection for the committee,” Shea said. “In order for her to get these stories, she had to be right there in very difficult places.”
The award is named after another courageous journalist who lost his life for expressing unpopular views. Lovejoy, in a short amount of time, faced the destruction of multiple printing presses, first in Missouri and then Illinois. From the Colby website:
Lovejoy’s position on slavery hardened, and on July 6, 1837, he published another editorial condemning the practice. That night his press was again destroyed. He bought another, which was also destroyed. Friends then organized a militia and secretly bought and installed another press.
On the night of Nov. 7, 1837, a mob attacked the new press. The militia fought back, killing one. The mob eventually set fire to the building, drove out the militia. Lovejoy was shot and killed as he attempted to extinguish the blaze.
Read the rest of Ohm’s report here.
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