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Entry Deadline February 7, 2014
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About the Award

The Batten Medal rewards individual achievement in public-service journalism, celebrating the memory of revered reporter, editor and newspaper executive James K. Batten. Jim was the chief executive officer of Knight Ridder when he died in 1995 at age 59. The award recognizes a body of work covering a period of up to three years, that represents the journalistic values Jim stood for: compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog. In short, journalism that makes a difference in the lives of real people and their communities.

Notable Winners


Alberto Arce of The Associated Press


Monetary/Material Award Details

Cash Prize: $2,500

Eligibility Requirements

All newspapers, news services and news websites in the United States are eligible to enter. Outside the United States, news organizations that are headed by an active member of ASNE are also eligible.

• All pieces submitted must have been published between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2013.
• News services must submit a published version of the entry.
• All entries must be submitted in English.
• The work of full-time or part-time employees is eligible.
• Freelance contributions are eligible as part of team entries.
• A ranking editor of the organization must approve the entry. A login and password will be assigned to each organization and given to the editor.

Entry Fee Details

There is a nonrefundable handling fee for each nomination entered in the competition:

News services and daily or weekly newspapers with 100,000 circulation or more: $70/category

Online-only news organizations and daily or weekly newspapers with less than 100,000 circulation: $40/category

Required Material

• Minimum of five articles, maximum of 10; or minimum of 10 photos or graphics, maximum of 20.
• All pieces submitted must have been published between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2013.
• Articles or photos submitted as part of the Batten Medal entry may also be submitted in other categories. However, an individual nominee will not be selected as a winner in more than one category.
• This is a portfolio entry; a single series or an individual project, however noteworthy, does not qualify. The portfolio may reflect coverage of varied topics or sustained attention to a single issue over time.
• Up to two of the pieces submitted for judging may include joint bylines or credits where the nominee was the lead or primary writer.
• A nomination letter of no more than 500 words indicating how the entry reflects the values and the high-impact journalism that characterized Jim Batten must accompany the entry.

Entry Format

No Multiple Entries: A news organization can submit only one entry in each of the nine categories.

In addition, the work of an individual cannot be entered in more than one category, with two exceptions: 1) A journalist nominated as part of a team award can also be nominated in an individual category. 2) A nominee for the Batten Medal may also be entered in another category. However, an individual will only be selected as a winner in one category.

Reprint Rights: Reprint rights are granted to ASNE by virtue of entry in this contest.

Entry Format: All articles submitted for judging must be pasted as text in separate boxes on the online form. Do not include sidebars with the main article text. A sidebar can be submitted but will be counted as a separate article for judging and must be pasted into its own box. Do not paste an entire series in one box. Each part of the series must be pasted as a separate article. If the series is longer than the maximum articles permitted for the category, you must select those parts of the series that will be judged. You may upload PDFs of an entire series, or articles as they appeared on the print or Web page as supplemental material, but only the text of the articles will be considered for judging. Photos or graphics must be submitted as JPEGs with PDFs or URLs of the pages as they were published.

Enter Online: Nomination letters and submission of entries must be completed online. Contact Cindy Roe at ASNE: 573-884-2405; [email protected], with questions about the entry process.

Contact Information

Cindy Roe
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