It seems fitting that one of the most prestigious awards in journalism is also one of the most complicated to produce. Medalcraft Mint coordinates five additional vendors to produce the impressive Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award batons for the Columbia Journalism School in New York City.
The duPont-Columbia Awards are presented annually for exceptional work in broadcast, cable, digital and print formats. Submissions can include daily news stories, feature stories, documentaries and interactive multimedia reporting.
The batons presented to the award winners are produced out of solid aluminum, plated in heavy nickel, and carefully polished to a high, flawless shine. Conventional engraving along with laser engraving by the Medalcraft Mint team delivers the final touches. Each baton is just over 11 inches long with a handle diameter of 1 5/8 inches, weighing in at 2 pounds, 1.5 ounces.