A New Award at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Named in honor of trailblazing alumnus Mary Elizabeth Barnette, who died in March.

Mary Elizabeth Barnette was the first female editor of her student newspaper, the Ohio University Post. After she graduated in 1942 and moved to New York, she went on to become the first female reporter at Editor and Publisher.

This weekend, Barnette’s posthumous legacy has been cemented with the announcement by her Alma Mater of a new award. From a report in the Athens Messenger:

The Mary Elizabeth Lasher Barnette Women’s Leadership Award will be presented to women students of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism who demonstrate campus and community leadership and well as professionalism and excellence in academics, according to [daughter Betsey] Bruce.

“We want to honor our mother’s legacy by encouraging the next generation of women journalists to strive for excellence and professionalism as she did,” Bruce said.

The announcement was made Saturday during an event celebrating mom at the school’s Schoonover Center, where Bruce was joined by her two sisters. Barnette passed away in March at age 93.