GBJ students and alumni eligible to attend ICFJ's Oct. 5 Tribute to Journalists virtually – for free


This year, the International Center for Journalists pays tribute to journalism excellence in ways you’ve never seen before.


COVID-19 prevents us from gathering in person on Monday, October 5. This year, our virtual tribute will take ICFJ’s Annual Awards Dinner from one ballroom in Washington, D.C., to the world. Together, we’ll honor the achievements of intrepid colleagues whose outstanding news reports and analyses are having tremendous impact.

Global Business Journalism students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to sign up for the GBJ "virtual table" at the awards gala, which begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT (Washington time), 7:30 a.m. in China. Attendance at the virtual event is free this year. All you need to do is register.


Journalists often risk so much to bring us the news. That’s the case with our courageous honorees from Egypt and Russia — and certainly with U.S. reporters who told the story of the pandemic from inside hospitals and covered the protests for racial justice. We help them do their jobs during these unsettling times, and your support plays a crucial role.


The event is hosted by Wolf Blitzer, CNN's lead political anchor and the anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The honorees are:

  • Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide. He is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author. Zakaria is the recipient of the 2020 ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Roman Anin, founder of IStories, an investigative news site in Russia. Anin won ICFJ’s 2020 Knight Trailblazer Award for launching IStories (or “Important Stories”), which digs deeply into stories that are very difficult to tell in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He is known as a top-notch investigative reporter who has shed light on Russia’s rampant corruption and demonstrated how it reaches far beyond the country’s borders. For that work, he won ICFJ’s Knight International Journalism Award in 2013.

  • Lina Attalah, co-founder and chief editor of Mada Masr, an online news organization at the forefront of investigative journalism in Egypt. Since 2013, she has led a team of fearless reporters who expose high-level corruption and misconduct in the midst of the country’s harsh crackdown on independent voices. Under her leadership, Mada Masr has remained one of the few sources of independent news as many Egyptian news organizations have succumbed to government harassment and controls. Attalah is the recipient of the 2020 Knight International Journalism Award presented by the International Center for Journalists to honor outstanding journalism that has an impact.

The event is considered one of the most important annual awards events in global journalism. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, journalists around the world have the opportunity to participate virtually in real time.


Join the virtual GBJ table by contacting GBJ co-director Rick Dunham at GBJprogram@gmail.com.


>>> Attend the dinner by by registering.

>>> Support the Tribute Journalists 2020 with a donation to ICFJ

>>> Take part in the photo auction, "Visions and Visionaries," with famous images donated by National Geographic


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