Awards & Honors

Research Awards

Student Co-Investigator  |  Interlocked: American News Media and Resource Dependency, AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Division Faculty Research Award, $10,000, 2017-2019 [PIs: Adam J. Saffer and Daniel Riffe]

Academic Awards

Minnie S. and Eli A. Rubinstein Research Award  |  2020  |  $3,650
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Competitive award for graduate students “whose research proposals in mass communication research shall be deemed the most meritorious in design and potential policy significance.” 

William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award  |  2020  |  $3,750
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Nominee, AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance  |  2018
Paper nominated by conference reviewers for the inaugural year of a new competition established by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Presidential Task Force on Bridges to the Professions with the goal of fostering stronger ties between media professionals and educators. More than two dozen papers were considered. See Dwyer, D. Nothing but the facts? Journalistic objectivity and media adjudication of President Trump’s false claims under Research

AEJMC Student Travel Grant  |  2018  |  $1,000
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Moeller Student Competition Award  |  2018
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Mass Communication and Society Division. See Nothing but the facts? Journalistic objectivity and media adjudication of President Trump’s false claims under Research

Carol Burnett Competition, Second Place  |  2018
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Media Ethics Division. See Fake news and the Fourth Estate: The role of editorial messaging in repairing the journalistic paradigm under Research

William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award  |  2018  |  $3,500
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Top Faculty Paper Award  |  2017 (second author)
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) LGBTQ Interest Group. See Gibson, R., & Dwyer, D. News coverage of transgender lives and issues within a family context under Research

William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award  |  2017  |  $2,500
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Roy H. Park Fellowship  |  2016 – 2019
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Holmberg Journalism Scholarship  |  1992
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Professional Awards

Lookout PRSA Incline Awards  |  2009
• Annual Report, Nonprofit
• Honorable Mention, External Video

MarComm Awards  |  2009
• Gold Award, Newspaper Coverage
• Platinum Award, Rebranding Campaign
• Honorable Mention, Nonprofit Video

MarComm Awards  |  2008
• Gold Award, Nonprofit Video
• Gold Award, Nonprofit Annual Report

Goodwill Industries International Awards  |  1998
• Best Feature Article
• Best Radio Spots