Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline January 31, 2016
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The creation of the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism was announced at a ceremony at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on October 27, 1994. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to the improvement of print and broadcast journalism through responsible analysis or critical evaluation. The award is one of the few in the country to take a hard look at the media and the job being done by publishers, editors, and reporters.

The Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism honors work that evaluates news media coverage of significant subjects or issues. The award is intended to recognize constructively critical articles, books, and electronic media reports; academic and other research; and reports by media ombudsmen and journalism watchdog groups. Entrants are judged by professionals from journalism and journalism education. The winner receives $1,000 and is expected to attend the award ceremony and to talk on the subject for which he or she is being honored.

Notable Winners

2014: Nieman Reports, produced by the Nieman Foundation, earned the 2014 Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism.

2013: "Beat the Press" from WGBH-TV, hosted by Emily Rooney. (Story) (Other Finalists: Columbia Journalism Review and NPR.org)

 

Jury

Monetary/Material Award Details

$1,000, and attend the award ceremony to discuss your award topic

Eligibility Requirements

All materials broadcast or published during the 2015 calendar year are eligible, and must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2016. The award will be presented in May 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism honors work that evaluates news media coverage of significant subjects or issues. The award is intended to recognize constructively critical articles, books, and electronic media reports; academic and other research; and reports by media ombudsmen and journalism watchdog groups. Entrants are judged by professionals from journalism and journalism education. The winner receives $1,000 and is expected to attend the award ceremony and to talk on the subject for which he or she is being honored.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Eligible for the award are all significant contributions, current or cumulative, consistent with the award's purposes from whatever source, media or otherwise, in the United States. The nomination should include work done (completed or continuing) in the calendar year. Both individuals and media (or other organizations, enterprises, and groups) are eligible for the award, including newspapers, periodicals, and broadcast/cable stations. Anyone may submit an entry on behalf of an individual or organization. There are no application forms. Each entry must be accompanied by a letter describing the nature and results of the work and by the relevant published or aired material and/or other necessary documentation. Electronic media entries should be submitted in the form of audio or video (on DVDs) when possible, with final scripts or summaries. To facilitate judging, please submit four copies of each entry. In the case of cumulative work, limit entries to representative examples of such work.

Entry Format

Submit Entries to:
Bart Richards Award
Penn State College of Communications
302 James Building
University Park, PA 16801-3867

Contact Information

Penn State College of Communications
201 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-1484
[email protected]

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