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

These awards recognize excellence in reporting on consumer topics. Judges will look more favorably on solution-oriented or strategic-oriented pieces that prompt action by consumers, the community, the government or an individual.


  1. Newspapers
  2. Periodicals (including magazines, journals, newsletters and online reporting)
  3. Broadcast (including network, syndicates, cable and broadcast TV and radio stations)

Notable Winners

Newspapers: USA Today’s Alison Young for “Supplement Shell Game,” a thorough look at a food-and-drug issue that resulted in congressional action and two dietary supplements being pulled from the market.

Periodicals: “Breathless and Burdened” by The Center for Public Integrity/ABC News: The thorough report looked at the plight of miners who faced court rules that seemed to be written in favor of coal companies. The coverage resulted in immediate suspension of Johns Hopkins black lung program that had repeatedly found in favor of coal companies.

Broadcast: The San Francisco station KNTV -- using hidden cameras -- tracked trucks of Sysco Corp. leaving perishable food in outdoor, unrefrigerated storage units, sometimes for hours.


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


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


Required Material

A single article or broadcast or a series of related articles or broadcasts that will be judged as a unit. If the entry is a continuing column, no more than five examples should be submitted. Include a letter detailing how the piece or series resulted in action by consumers, the government, the community or an individual.

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:

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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