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 is named in memory of Joan M. Friedenberg, founding editor of the Online Newshour and wife of former Club President Jonathan D. Salant, and is funded by donations from Joan's friends and family.

The winner will have done original reporting and have taken advantage of online technology, such as interactive databases, primary-source interviews, and accompanying charts and graphs, in order to provide a thorough and graphically attractive report. This is not a contest for stories that run online rather than in a print publication; this is to recognize the best journalism that uses online technology to provide a more compelling report than a print or broadcast story alone. Both online-only reports and sites that accompany print or broadcast stories are eligible; in the latter case, entrants must show how they used online content to enhance the print and broadcast reports.

Notable Winners

“The Lobotomy Files” by The Wall Street Journal was a strong piece of investigative journalism that used primary documents, photos and other visuals to bring the story to life. Case studies helped tell the story through the eyes of those who experienced the lobotomies.

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

$750

Eligibility Requirements

Entries are limited to works of journalism disseminated in 2014. 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.

Both online-only reports and sites that accompany print or broadcast stories are eligible; in the latter case, entrants must show how they used online content to enhance the print and broadcast reports.

Entry Fee Details

$50

Required Material

Entries should be on a single topic. Please provide specific URLs where appropriate or note a designated area for the award material on the site.

Entrants must submit a body of work that substantially represents the way it looked during the award year. Entrants must submit a cover letter explaining why their entry deserves the award. Entrants must also submit passwords if they are needed to access the material online. This contest is not restricted to traditional media, though advocacy groups and others that lobby are ineligible.

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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