Has your reporting (or the reporting of a journalists you know) made an impact on U.S. government or policy at the national, state, or local level? This annual prize from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is awarded to the journalist(s) whose investigative reporting best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics.
Free to apply (up to two entries per news organization), with an annual prize of $25,000, plus additional awards of $10,000 each for 5 finalists.
Judges consider each entry on its own merits – even if you’ve never considered entering a journalism prize before, you are strongly encouraged to apply! Previous winners and finalists have come from all kinds of news organizations: from legacy newspapers to digital natives; from nationally-renowned broadcast networks to reporters working on a shoestring at a tiny local paper.
Similarly, a wide variety of stories meeting the criteria will be considered. Recent finalists included subjects ranging from the nation’s largest unreported special-interest political campaign, to carbon monoxide poisoning in public housing.
More information available from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.