Nackey S. Loeb School seeking First Amendment Award nominees
MANCHESTER – Nominations are open for the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communication’s 13th annual First Amendment Award, honoring diligence in protecting free press and free speech liberties. The recipient will be recognized Nov. 12 at a gala at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.
A committee of judges chooses the recipient from public nominations. First Amendment recipients receive a bronze eagle sculpture created by Mrs. Loeb and a $1,500 award.
Nomination forms are available at www.loebschool. org or by calling 627-0005. The deadline for nominations is Sept 1.
The award and the school are legacies of the late Nackey S. Loeb, president and publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News.
Past recipients include former New Hampshire Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, former Keene Sentinel Executive Editor Thomas F. Kearney, The Laconia Citizen, political activist and former legislator Daniel Hughes, former Dover City Councilor David Scott, Londonderry High School journalism advisor Mary Lukas, First Amendment attorney William Chapman, former ConVal school board member Gail Pierson Cromwell, The Portsmouth Herald, David Lang and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, The Telegraph of Nashua and murdered New Hampshire journalist James Foley.
First Amendment judges are: Rod Doherty, executive editor of Foster’s Daily Democrat; retired New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Richard Galway; Atty. Gregory Sullivan of Malloy & Sullivan, Lawyers Professional Corp.; and previous First Amendment recipients: John Howe, former executive editor of The Laconia Citizen; and Londonderry High School journalism adviser Mary Lukas.
The nonprofit Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, Inc. was founded in 1999 to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication. It offers free classes and low-cost workshops in communications and media-related topics, taught by professionals from various New Hampshire media outlets and businesses.