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March 3, 2009

Iowa Gallup Award seeks nominations for excellent journalism using polls

The Iowa Gallup Award for Excellent Journalism Using Polls is now accepting nominations of accurate, creative and intelligent analysis of polling data in journalism. News organizations and professional pollsters are invited to enter.

Entries will be accepted through March 31. Stories must be original and broadcast or published in print or online in 2008.

The annual award is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and The Gallup Organization. Previous recipients of the award include The Des Moines Register, ABC News and The Washington Post.

The Iowa Gallup Award recognizes the importance of the news media's use of polls in understanding public opinion and shaping discourse on social and political issues. The award acknowledges that journalists' use of polling data can add depth and dimension to their reporting and enhance the quality of public debate.

The judging criteria, requirements and an entry form are available at

The winner will be announced in May and will receive a $2,500 stipend. The Iowa Gallup Award medallion will be presented this fall at a ceremony at The Gallup Organization in Washington D.C.

The Iowa Gallup Award for Excellent Journalism Using Polls is named in honor of George H. Gallup, an Iowa native who earned three degrees from the University of Iowa, taught in the School of Journalism and founded Quill and Scroll, an international honorary society for high school journalists that is based at the UI. In 1935, he founded the American Institute of Public Opinion. Over the next 60 years, his company grew to international proportion as The Gallup Organization.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ashley Peterson, UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication,; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070,