The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honor excellence in television and radio journalism produced for audiences in the United States by local stations, independent producers, networks and cable systems. Graduate School of Journalism administers the Pulitzer Prize and the duPont-Columbia Awards.
Winners of the awards receive gold or silver batons. The batons are inscribed with the famous observation about the power of television by the late Edward R. Murrow:
This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. - Address to the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Chicago, October 15, 1958.