Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline March 8, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Berger won a 1950 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for his story on a veteran who went on a shooting spree in Camden, New Jersey, killing several residents. He then re-introduced the newspaper’s “About New York” column in the early 1950s, setting the standard for evocative and eloquent human-interest reporting. Berger passed away in 1959. Louis Schweitzer, a New York industrialist who admired Berger’s work, created the Berger Award in 1960.

Notable Winners

John Branch, New York Times
Sheri Fink, a freelance reporter


Monetary/Material Award Details

Eligibility Requirements

Newspaper, dailies and weeklies; writers for newspaper magazines; and online reporters across the country are eligible for this award.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

The name of the photographer or graphic artist should be included on all entry forms for
visual elements.

A brief letter from the editor indicating the scope of the reporter's work.

A brief biography of the reporter.

A series must be designated as such by the publication when it is printed; a regular column may also be submitted as a series.

A writer may submit up to five articles published in 2014 that best typify the reporter’s work.

TWO copies of each CD or DVD for multimedia presentations.

Entry Format

Entry is online.

ALL materials should be formatted and uploaded as PDFs. Supporting multimedia presentations can be sent on a CD or as URLs. Links must remain live.

Contact Information

Lisa S. Redd, Associate Director, Berger Award
Columbia University Journalism School
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
[email protected]

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