K. Dun Gifford Award


2012 K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award Celebrates Whole Grains and Their Contribution to Better Health
 

Back in 1990, food enthusiast and advocate K. Dun Gifford started a nonprofit educational organization called Oldways to change the way people eat. He believed that positive and practical solutions, grounded in science, traditions and delicious foods and drinks, would help address the threatening tsunami of chronic diseases. 

Gifford invited others intrigued by his vision—scientists, chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and journalists—to join him at the Oldways Table to address this important challenge. By documenting and educating others about the healthy “old ways,” Oldways and its partners have made strides toward changing the way people eat.

As a tribute to our founder and visionary who died in May 2010, Oldways created The K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award in 2011, an annual prize to recognize and honor the important role of communications in changing the way people eat.

While journalism has changed in the past two decades with consolidations, entry into the digital age, the advent of blogs and more, its influence on educating people everywhere about the importance of seeking out the joys and pleasures of good food and drinks is stronger than ever. 

The Grand Prize Winner will receive an all expense-paid spot on one of Oldways’ popular Culinarias—one-of-a-kind Health through Heritage culinary trips throughout the world—or at one of Oldways’ scientific and culinary conferences.

The inaugural winner, Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, was awarded a trip to the Mediterranean region for her winning Good Morning America Health segment, Boosting Brain Health with the Mediterranean Diet. Her entry was selected by a jury including journalists Mimi Sheraton, Judith Weinraub and David Rosengarten, plus Dun’s daughter, Apple Gifford, and Oldways president, Sara Baer-Sinnott.


GENERAL RULES FOR THE ANNUAL K. DUN GIFFORD AWARD

Who is Eligible / How to Enter

  • The competition is open to all reporters (print, online and broadcast), freelancers, and bloggers.
  • Each journalist may submit one (1) piece reflecting the designated subject (i.e., Whole Grains in 2012). To be eligible for consideration, pieces must meet these criteria:
    • Must be well-written / well-produced.
    • Must have been published or aired during the period from January 1 through December 31 of current year (unless otherwise specified).
    • Must be related to this year's selected subject matter. 2012 K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award Celebrates Whole Grains and Their Contribution to Better Health. Each year our subject matter will rotate to cover a topic we feel passionately about: Mediterranean Diet, African Heritage, Asian Diet, Latino Foods, Whole Grains, Pasta, Cheese, etc.
    • Must reflect one or more of Oldways' founding principles: to be positive, practical, science-based, and tradition-based.
    • Must celebrate the pleasures of the table.

Submissions

  • Entries shall be labeled with name of article/segment, journalist’s name, affiliation, phone, email address, and street address. Broadcast entries should be submitted via CD or email
  • Send entries by mail or email to:

mail:   K. Dun Gifford Journalism Award, c/o Oldways, 266 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116       
email: GiffordAward@oldwayspt.org

  • All entries must be postmarked or emailed by December 31 each year (unless otherwise specified).
     

Judging and Prizes

  • Winner will be announced in first quarter of following year.
  • A judging jury, including selected journalists, Dun’s daughter, Apple Gifford, and Oldways president, Sara Baer-Sinnott, will select the winning entry based on criteria above. The judges’ decision is final.
  • The Prize is a fully paid spot on one of Oldways’ popular Culinarias—one-of-a-kind Health through Heritage culinary trips throughout the world—or at one of Oldways’ scientific and culinary conferences.
     

Other Important Rules

  • By submitting an entry, entrants affirm that they are the rightful author/creator of their piece and that they have not borrowed, stolen or otherwise used copyrighted or intellectual property from another.
  • There is no transfer of prize.
  • Prize must be redeemed within a one-year period, starting upon award notification. Flight, accommodations and itinerary to be arranged through Oldways. 
  • Prize is taxable to the recipient, and the recipient is responsible for all taxes. Winner must provide his or her tax identification number to Oldways. Oldways will issue a Form 1099-MISC.

These are the complete and official rules of the K. Dun Gifford Journalism Prize. Oldways reserves the right to modify these rules when announcing the competition for subsequent years.

For more information, please contact Rachel Greenstein, rachel@oldwayspt.org, 617-896-4888.

 

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