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C.A. Tilghman Sr. Journalistic Award

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Honoring the best of The Review

The C.A. Tilghman Sr. Journalistic Award of $1,000,  established through his gift in 1992, goes to the two best articles or series of articles published by The Review, the university's independent student newspaper, during the academic year. Entries can be of any genre (news, features, sports, enterprise) and may be double-bylined.

To submit an article or series for consideration, either your own work or work you admire, send your nomination to journalism@udel.edu. Please put "Tilghman award nominee" in the subject line. Nominations must include a link to the work and a cover letter that explains any special circumstances surrounding the story (a tight deadline, difficult sources, resourcefulness in reporting) and its significance, including any changes or results the article brought about. If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. Deborah Gump, journalism program director, at dgump@udel.edu.

Deadline: 5 p.m. the day after the spring semester's final edition of The Review.

An Oxford man - and a newspaper reporter
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​The late Cornelius A. Tilghman, who created the award with his wife, Marjorie, was a former journalist and educator. Photo/Jack Buxbaum.

​Cornelius Alfred Tilghman started his journalism career on the University of Delaware campus, and not in a small way.

A Smyrna native, Tilghman was on the boards of both The Blue Hen yearbook and The Review student newspaper for all four years of his college career, winding up as editor of The Review.

In 1925, at the annual banquet that concluded his stewardship of the paper, he urged the new staff "to allow nothing to interfere with the free expression of student opinions in the paper," in the words of a Newark Post account of the evening.

After a summer of working in the newsrooms of all four Wilmington newspapers and the Newark Post, he left to study English at Yale.

But months later, he was back in Newark. During his college years, he had become close friends with the family that had launched the Newark Post in 1910: Edward Johnson; his wife, Louise; and their daughter, Marjorie, whom he would marry decades later. When Edward Johnson died in his sleep, Tilghman pitched in as editor.

Tilghman at Oxford

​C.A. Tilghman - back row, far left - in his Oxford days.

His tenure at the Post lasted only a few months, because in 1926 he left for Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying English literature.

While in England, he kept his hand in the news business, working occasionally for United Press International.

On his return, he taught English literature at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.  He eventually became interested in mental health work and worked at the Delaware State Hospital. While there, he developed a therapy called ''remotivation training'' to help former patients reacclimate to life outside the hospital.

By the early 1970s, both he and his college friend Marjorie Johnson had raised families, retired and were single again. They were married in 1973. Their dedication to UD has continued beyond their passings - Cornelius in 1998 and Majorie in in 2003 - with bequests of two endowed professorships and the award honoring excellent journalism in The Review.

 

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  • The Journalism Program
  • 207 Memorial Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • 302-831-3870
  • journalism@udel.edu