Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline April 1, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

This award recognizes excellence in breaking news reporting.

Notable Winners

Print: The Washington Post for coverage of the September 2013 shooting at the Navy Yards in Washington that killed 12 and wounded several others.

Jury

Judges will be looking for entries that:
• Demonstrate usefulness and benefits for readers
• Show thorough reporting
• Contain a strong story structure and a clear presentation
• Demonstrate superb writing style
Judges will use these criteria for all categories. If you make a claim of exclusivity,
please provide evidence.
Judging will be by panels designated by the National Press Club Awards Committee.
Winners will be notified and awards presented at a special National Press Club dinner.
Judges will have the discretion to award winners and honorable mentions in any and all
categories, but only if they decide such recognition is merited. Judges are not required
to select winners if the quality of the entries does not justify an award.

Entries will be judged for quality of reporting, speed and innovation. Particular attention will be given to reporting in the first 24 hours and the use of a variety of formats to reach news consumers.

Monetary/Material Award Details

One free year of membership in appropriate category. No cash award.

Eligibility Requirements

Entries are limited to works of journalism disseminated in 2013. Through these awards, the National Press Club seeks to recognize and honor professional journalists who have produced outstanding work for the public, either independently or as employees of editorially independent news entities. In all cases, judges will give weight to demonstration of individual enterprise, fairness, accuracy and objectivity. Content produced for house organs, pamphlets, theses or reports will not be considered, nor will advocacy outlets of interest groups such as trade associations, consumer organizations or government agencies. Entries may be submitted by either journalists or their employers. Non-traditional entrants are free to explain in supporting materials how they meet these journalistic criteria, and should submit a statement explaining their editorial independence.

Entry Fee Details

$50

Required Material

No more than five stories, written or assembled under deadline pressure, covering a single event or occurrence. Material should be submitted as originally presented. A letter describing how the reporting was done on deadline is encouraged. Supplemental material should be clearly marked. Entrants must also submit passwords if they are needed to access the material online.

Entry Format

If you're more comfortable filling out and mailing in your application manually, download an awards application in PDF format. Please be sure to include a check payable to "National Press Club Journalism Institute" in the amount of $50 for each application you submit. Applications will be discarded if received without payment or if the check is declined.

Download application here: http://press.org/sites/default/files/npcjia-form-2013.pdf

Contact Information

Awards: 202-662-8744

Front Desk: 202-662-7500

National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045

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