The first annual Gary A. Tobin Awards were announced on May 11, 2011, honoring excellence in student reporting on anti-Semitism in print journalism and new media. The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and Student Free Press Association partnered to establish the competition recognizing excellence in student reporting about the campus environment for Jews.
The award commemorates the late Dr. Gary A. Tobin, founder of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, and one of the first to understand the threat of rising anti-Semitism in American education. The contest drew entries from throughout the U.S. and Canada and the winners each receive a $1,000 prize.
The judges for the award included Kenneth L. Marcus, director of the Anti-Semitism Initiative, Student Free Press Association President John J. Miller, founding president of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism Catherine Chatterley, and former director of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism Winston Pickett.