This award recognizes editorial writing that is excellent journalism and makes a difference in a community. Burl Osborne led The Dallas Morning News to national prominence and a string of Pulitzer Prizes during 21 years at the newspaper. He served as ASNE president in 1991 and later as ASNE Foundation president. Burl was a reporter and managing editor at the Associated Press and was named senior vice president and editor of The News in 1980. He was named president of the newspaper in 1985 and publisher in 1991. In 2002, he became chairman of the board of the AP. He died in August 2012.
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About the Award
Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Monetary/Material Award Details
Cash Prize: $2,500
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 entries must have been published originally — whether in print or online - during the previous calendar year.
• 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
• All editorials submitted must be the work of the same individual and can be signed or unsigned.
• Minimum of three, maximum of five editorials.
• A nominating letter no longer than 500 words must accompany the entry.
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.