Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline February 1, 2014
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The Selden Ring Award underscores the critical importance of investigative journalism in today's society. The $35,000 prize recognizes published investigative reporting that has brought results. Full-time or freelance reporters working for a general circulation, United States newspaper, wire service, magazine or online publication are eligible for the $35,000 award. Editors, publishers, educators, journalism organizations, and others may make nominations.

Notable Winners

2013
Alexandra Zayas of the Tampa Bay Times for her three-part series "In God's Name," which uncovered abuse at unlicensed religious children homes in Florida.

2012
Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times for their three-part series “Methadone and the Politics of Pain.”

2011
A team of reporters from The Los Angeles Times, led by Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, for uncovering pervasive municipal corruption in the city of Bell, Calif.

Jury

Monetary/Material Award Details

$35,000

Eligibility Requirements

Who Is Eligible?

Full-time or freelance reporters working for a general circulation United States newspaper, wire service, magazine, or online publication are eligible for the $35,000 award. Through their investigative reporting, candidates must have informed the public about major problems or corruption in our society.

Moreover, their published work must yield results, such as the series by the 2013 award recipient Alexandra Zayas from the Tampa BayTimes for her three-part series uncovering abuse at unlicensed religious children's homes in Florida.

Who May Nominate?
• Editors
• Publishers
• Other reporters
• Concerned citizens groups
• Journalism organizations
• Civic leaders
• Educators

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Nominee Information
Include the reporter's name, professional or home mailing address, present occupation, organization and resume. The reporter's work must have been published during the previous calendar year.

Description of Reporting
Document the nominee's work with explanation of how the story was identified, under what circumstances it was developed and what obstacles the reporter had to overcome. Detail the results generated by the investigative reporting.

Clipbook
Include all scrapbook clips of the published coverage, including letters, memos and other documents that substantiate the printed evolution of the story.

Entry Format

MAIL T O :
SELDEN R I N G A W A R D
SCHO O L O F JOURNA L I S M
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, California 90089
Phone: 213-740-3914 Fax: 213-740-8624
annenberg.usc.edu

Contact Information

School of Journalism
USC Annenberg, Suite 303
tel. (213) 740-3914
fax (213) 740-8624
annenberg.usc.edu

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