Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting

Entry Deadline January 20, 2015
Decision Date March 1, 2015
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Each year, contest judges select one piece of coverage from among the first prize winners as the recipient of EWA’s top prize, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting.

Notable Winners

2008
Blake Morrison and Brad Heath, USA Today

2009
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

2010
Daniel Golden, John Hechinger and John Lauerman, Bloomberg News

2011
Daniel Golden and Oliver Staley, Bloomberg News

2012
David Jackson and Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune

2013

Alex Blumberg (Producer), Ben Calhoun (Producer), Ira Glass (Host/Executive producer), Sarah Koening (Producer), Alex Kotlowitz (Independent journalist), Linda Lutton (Education Reporter), Miki Meek (Producer), Jonathan Menjivar (Producer), Lisa Pollak (Producer), Brian Reed (Producer), Robyn Semien (Producer), Alissa Shipp (Producer), Julie Snyder (Senior producer), and Nancy Updike (Producer) of WBEZ (Chicago),This American Life

Jury

The judges may disqualify any entry that does not adhere to the rules or that is submitted in a form that is difficult to read, listen to, or view (broken and terminated links, etc.).

The judges may switch an entry from one category to another if they determine it is wrongly classified.

The judges have the right not to award prizes in categories for which they determine there are no suitable winners.

Officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Education Writers Association are not eligible to win cash awards in the competition.

Monetary/Material Award Details

$2,500

Eligibility Requirements

Must be a finalist in the EWA journalism contest.

Entry Fee Details

Entries must be paid in full in order to be judged. Fees for members are $50 for a single entry and $40 for each additional entry. For nonmembers, fees are $100 for each entry. Pay online when submitting or send a check made payable to the Education Writers Association.

Entry Format

Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the entry’s development and impact, as well as a URL for the entry. If a password is needed to access content, please supply the necessary details in the cover letter.

Entries must be paid in full in order to be judged. Fees for members are $50 for a single entry and $40 for each additional entry. For nonmembers, fees are $100 for each entry. Pay online when submitting or send a check made payable to the Education Writers Association.

All entries must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific), Jan. 20, 2015. Winners will be notified by March 2015.

Entries cannot be returned. Any item submitted in one category may NOT be submitted in a second category except as part of a beat reporting entry.

For general news categories, the number of full-time newsroom staff (in addition to reporters, the calculation should include, among others, all editors, designers, online producers and multimedia content producers, such as photographers, data analysts and videographers) must be included on each entry form.

Television entries must be in the form of a video URL, mov, avi, or mp4 and radio entries must be in the form of a URL, mp3 or wav. All broadcast entries must state run times in the cover letter and must include scripts or transcripts. URLs to broadcasts are preferred if available. If a password is needed to access content, please supply the necessary details in the cover letter.

For television and radio, submit the versions originally broadcast. Submissions must focus on issues concerning education. Entries that merely inform the public on a particular subject—as in “educational” items—will not be considered.

If your entries sit behind a paywall, please supply the necessary information in the cover letter or upload pdf versions of your items.

If you are submitting work that was a collaboration between one or more outlets, please submit the entry into the category for which the largest of the collaborators is eligible. Also, EWA requests submission letters signed by all outlets that participated in the production and publication of the entry. A standalone letter that is endorsed by representatives of all participating outlets is also acceptable.

Contact Information

(202) 452-9830

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