International Society of Political Psychology

Markwell Media Award

The Noel Markwell Media Award is presented to someone in the media whose work best reflects the purposes and the spirit of the International Society of Political Psychology. The award is open to any institution, journalist, or other media source that demonstrates concern for the political psychological factors that are central to the ISPP. The award carries a monetary award of $500 total (to split among multiple individuals if applicable).


2021 Award Committee:

TBD (Chair)


THE NOMINATION PROCESS FOR 2021 WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2020. Please send submissions to the Chair. The deadline for nominations is 15 January 2021.

Winners will be notified by early March 2021.

First awarded in 2005.


Current Winner

Noel Markwell Media Award
Radio La Benevolencija, The Netherlands

The Noel Markwell Media Award is presented to someone in the media whose work best reflects the purposes and the spirit of the International Society of Political Psychology, specifically to an institution, journalist, or other media source that demonstrates concern for political psychology factors. This year's Markwell Media Award goes to the Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation. For more than 15 years, Radio La Benevolencija has produced and broadcasted radio dramas built directly on the political psychology literature. The aim of these radio dramas is to facilitate reconciliation in conflict-ridden societies in Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other societies worldwide. The organization does this by embedding the radio dramas with cues drawn from political psychology to promote active bystandership for peace building and positive social change. The radio drama campaigns are regularly evaluated and have been shown to positively influence peace building and reconciliation. In addition to having a positive impact on the world, the radio dramas have provided an ongoing field experiment, helping scholars and practitioners alike understand effective methods that can be used to stimulate national audiences to resist incitement to violence -- not only in Africa, but also in Europe, the U.S., and anywhere around the globe. This project has also led to several scholarly articles published in a range of political psychology journals. In short, Radio La Benevolencija paves the way for understanding how using fiction, embedded with political psychology-motivated messaging, can combat very real political prejudice and violence.


Past Winners

  • 2019 Not Awarded
  • 2018 Digital Team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • 2017 Jerry Large, Seattle Times
  • 2016 Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC
  • 2015 Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, United States
  • 2014 Thomas B. Edsall, Columbia University, United States
  • 2013 Sasha Issenberg, MONOCLE, United States
  • 2012 Shankar Vedantam, National Public Radio (NPR), United States
  • 2011 Robert Fisk, The Independent
  • 2010 Amy Goodman, Democracy NOW!
  • 2009 Mr. Takasumi Saikawa,Chief Editorial Writer of Kyodo News, Japan
  • 2008 Bill Moyers (PBS: Bill Moyers Journal)
  • 2007 Not Awarded
  • 2006 Not Awarded
  • 2005 Stephanie Nolen (The Toronto Globe and Mail) and Philip Gourevitch (The New Yorker, Paris Review)

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