Accepts entries starting November 1, 2015
Entry Deadline February 10, 2016
Decision Date
Ceremony Date May 21, 2015
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

This award is for explanatory or expository journalism or investigative reporting on issues of local concern or of interest to a target audience or community. It is for work that was originally
published, aired or distributed during the previous year.

Notable Winners


Portland (Maine), Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram


Brandon Stahl,Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune


The Patriot-News Harrisburg, Pa.


Tracy Loew Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore


See the list of 2014 judges here: 

Monetary/Material Award Details


Eligibility Requirements

Open to staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s) in small-market newspapers with a maximum circulation of 75,000 that published three or more times weekly in
2013, television and radio stations in 51+ markets, and online news sites and websites with a maximum of 200,000 unique visitors per month. Market size is determined by DMA ranking for television entries.

Entry Fee Details


Required Material

Entries are limited to 10 items (a day's presentation is one item even if it
includes several pieces). Supplemental material, which does not count in the 10 item limit, must be clearly marked. Single topic not required.

A nominating or cover letter must include a synopsis with a description of the objective, how the objective was met and the results, if any. Be sure to include the name of the person who should be notified if the entry is declared a winner or finalist along with their contact information:
daytime phone number, e-mail address and mailing address (not post office box number).

Entry Format

The form will ask for publication or distribution dates; instead of providing
each date simply enter the first and last dates the entry appeared. Submitted text should be in PDF form, rich text files (.rtf) or simple text (.txt). No Word documents (.doc or docx) files or Open Document (.odt) files. If you are submitting the entry as one PDF, be sure the nominating or cover letter appear first. If the entry is large and presenting it as one PDF makes understanding its context difficult, enter multiple PDFs. Publication dates must be visible on PDFs.

Entrant should upload video and enter URL(s) on our online entry site. Video file(s) (50 MB
maximum per file - not per entire entry) must be one of the following formats: .wmv, mpeg or
.mp4. All audio files should be in mp3 format. Online material must be available on a live URL
that functions on a standard web browser. Judges see the titles of the digital files. Keep that in mind when naming your documents. It makes your entry easier to find and remember if you
reference its topic or your media outlet’s name in the file’s name. Please do not name it “SHA
entry” or similar variations; this will not distinguish your entry.

MAIL-IN OPTION: This option is intended for an entry that has a file that exceeds the 50 MB
per file limit and is not linked to a third-party site. Entrant MUST complete the entry form on the awards site, print the confirmation form, and include it with the submitted DVD or CD formatted for cross-platform use (PC/Mac). Audio files should be in mp3 format. Label the disc(s) with the category, title of the entry, and the confirmation number

NOTE: Our competition offers one entry site with fields that ask for information that may not
apply to your entry. When you encounter this fill the field with "does not apply" so that the
system will permit you to move to the next step.

Contact Information

Vice President/Programs, Scripps Howard Foundation
PHONE: 513-977-3030
EMAIL: [email protected]
MAIL: 312 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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