Accepts entries starting May 1, 2015
Entry Deadline July 1, 2015
Decision Date December 1, 2015
Ceremony Date January 1, 2016
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The duPont-Columbia Awards honor outstanding broadcast, digital and documentary journalism. We look for excellent reporting in the public service, evidence of commitment to important stories and innovative storytelling. 

We encourage the submission of daily news stories and breaking news coverage as well as feature stories, documentaries and interactive multimedia reporting on critical subjects. You may submit a series of related reports or selections from a correspondent's beat reporting in a given year. Investigative stories are also encouraged. Work should demonstrate consistent high quality over time, with accurate and fair reporting. View past winners here.

Submission Categories: 

  • Interactive & Multimedia Productions: including online video 
  • Network & Cable Programs
  • Major Market Stations
  • Medium Market Stations
  • Small Market Stations
  • Independent Productions- Documentary (including festival and theatrical release)
  • Local & National Radio

Notable Winners


American Documentary – POV
Gail Dolgin & Robin Fryday
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”, on PBS

CBS News
Newtown Tragedy Coverage:

Outside the Lines: Youth Football Concerns:

KSHB 41 Action News, Kansas City
“Tragedy on the Plaza”:


• Richard Wald, DuPont Jury chair; Fred Friendly Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
• Lynne Adrine, director, DC Graduate Program, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
• June Cross, producer; writer; documentary filmmaker; associate professor at Columbia Journalism School
• Paul Friedman, former executive vice president for news at CBS News; former executive producer of both ABC's World News and NBC's Nightly News; Columbia Journalism School alumnus
• Cheryl Gould, former senior vice president, NBC News
• Mark Jurkowitz, associate director, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism; former media critic
• Cinny Kennard, senior vice president, programming, Smithsonian Media
• Michael Skoler, vice president for Interactive Media, PRI
• Duy Linh Tu, assistant professor of Professional Practice & Director, Digital Media Program, Columbia Journalism School

Monetary/Material Award Details

Eligibility Requirements

  • Programs must have appeared on air, online or in theaters for the first time between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.
  • Entries must have appeared in the United States
  • An entry in a language other than English is eligible, as long as it is accompanied by English subtitles on screen (preferred) or a complete transcript in English.
  • Journalistic treatments of historical periods and their relevance to current issues are eligible. However, programs that are principally historical re-enactments with actors and costumes are not eligible for duPont consideration.
  • Funding information for independent productions is mandatory.

Entry Fee Details

ENTRY FEES (payable by credit card or check)

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  • Network & Cable: $250
  • Local Television
    • Market Size 1-10: $150
    • Market Size 11-50: $100
    • Market Size 51-212: $100
  • Audio: $150
  • Independent Productions/Documentary: $100
  • Interactive/Multimedia Productions: $100

Required Material

When you sit down to complete the application, you will need:

1) a brief program description of your entry
credit listing (name, title)
2) a dedicated URL where the media for your entry is hosted online, including password if applicable (must be live thru January 2015)
3) any additional supporting materials in PDF format

Entry Format

The entry process is digital. When you sit down to complete the application, you will need:

  • a brief program description of your entry
  • credit listing (name, title)
  • a dedicated URL where the media for your entry is hosted online, including password if applicable (must be live thru January 2016)
  • any additional supporting materials in PDF format

Submissions that neglect guidelines will need to be re-submitted. Payments via credit card are accepted at the time of the online application submission. Checks are also accepted. Make checks payable to the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards


Entrants are responsible for hosting their media.  If the entry lives online, you may provide a direct link to the piece.  Otherwise, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo. Links must remain live thru January 2016. If your media is password protected, please provide the password where requested on the entry form.  (This will only be shared with our screeners & jurors.)  For entries with multiple links, we ask that you upload a document with a complete list of the links to be reviewed. 



Breaking News
Submit breaking news stories as one consolidated entry from the news organization. For example, coverage about the Boston Marathon bombing reported on multiple platforms should be submitted as one entry. Include entire segments as they originally aired, in chronological order, separated by a few seconds of black. Do not submit narrated highlight reels. The duPont Jury looks for insightful coverage sustained throughout the event or crisis and afterward. Breaking news submissions should not exceed 2 hours.

Digital Entries
Excellence in the digital and multimedia arena requires both outstanding journalism and innovative storytelling. Past winners include an interactive, multi-faceted online site about a deployment of soldiers to Afghanistan, which included videos, reader submitted content, panoramas, and other audio-visual components. Be sure to include the URL for the entry and the URL for any relevant websites (Network, Production Company, etc.) in the online entry form.

Documentaries that have appeared on air, online or in theaters are eligible. A documentary is considered for its storytelling and editorial independence about critical issues.  Past winners have been honored for stories about the impact of war, health care, poverty, race and ethnic relations, and historical events. Funding information for independent productions is mandatory.

Local Stations
The duPont Jury honors outstanding reporting in the public service by local television stations, radio stations and websites about important issues in their communities. In recent years, local stations have received duPont Awards for exceptional coverage of the environment, immigration, education, child abuse, poverty, and investigative reporting on corruption in local institutions.



Contact Information

Abi Wright, Executive Director, Professional Prizes
Columbia University Journalism School
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Ph: 212-854-5047
Fax: 212-854-3148
[email protected]

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