Accepts entries starting November 23, 2015
Entry Deadline January 15, 2016
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Print or online journalism publications with 25 or fewer FTE newsroom staffers. Written sources of education news, such as dailies and news blogs, are eligible.

A. Single-Topic News or Feature: One or more pieces of news or human interest coverage–including series–that are focused on a single topic, event or general theme. Up to five articles may be submitted.

B. Beat Reporting: Up to seven pieces showing breadth and depth in beat reporting by individual journalists throughout the year. Entries will be judged as a package that may include breaking news, features, in-depth reporting, news blogging, and data analysis. Up to three pieces may have bylines shared with other reporters.

C. Investigative Reporting: Up to seven articles on the same subject, demonstrating ingenuity in uncovering a problem or condition that otherwise may not have come to public attention.

Notable Winners

Single-Topic News or Feature:
First Prize: “Promise to Renew” by Sara Neufeld of The Hechinger Report and NJ Spotlight


Monetary/Material Award Details

Grand Prize: $1,500 & Plaque
First Prize: $200
Third Prize: Certificate

Eligibility Requirements

All entries must have been published or broadcast for the first time during the 2015 calendar year or the 2014-2015 school year.

Print, online or broadcast journalism outlets that cover exclusively education, maintain editorial independence and are not published or produced by advocacy groups, professional organizations, higher education institutions, alumni periodicals or think tanks

Entry Fee Details

Members: $50 for a single entry and $40 for each additional entry.

For nonmembers, fees are $100 for each entry

Required Material

Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the entry’s development and impact, as well as a URL for the entry.

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 login information in the cover letter or upload pdf versions of your items so that judges may access your work.

Entry Format

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.

(The 2015 National Awards for Education Reporting has not begun yet. They will start accepting entries after Thanksgiving)

Contact Information

(202) 452-9830

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Entry Links

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