Len Barnes was a 1943 graduate of the J-School and long time editor of the AAA Michigan magazine, Michigan Living. The award honors his career in travel and recreational journalism that has made Michigan Living among the most respected travel journals and a standard of excellence for others in the field. This award was established by the Auto Club Insurance Association.
- Recipients will be upper class or graduate students at the time the award is activated.
- Show a stated interest in recreation or environmental reporting as evidenced by clips of work in the area, statement of career interest and plans, or other material as required by the School of Journalism.