Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

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

About the Award

The Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers was established by members of the Taylor family, who published The Boston Globe from 1872 to 1999.

The purpose of the $10,000 award is to encourage fairness in news coverage by America's daily newspapers. Second and third place finalists receive $1,000 each.

(Please note that the application period for the 2014 Taylor Award has ended. Entries for work published in a U.S. daily newspaper or on the paper’s website during the 2015 calendar year will be accepted starting in the fall of 2015.)

Notable Winners

2014

The Chicago Tribune for “Red Light Cameras,” a comprehensive series that exposed the corruption and mismanagement of a traffic-monitoring program that has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars from unsuspecting motorists in Chicago over the course of ten years.

2013
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for Deadly Delays, a comprehensive watchdog investigation which reveals how delays in newborn screening programs at hospitals across the country have put babies at risk of disability and death from rare diseases often treatable when caught and treated early.

2012
The Chicago Tribune for “Playing with Fire”, a six-part series revealed how the chemical and tobacco industries for years misled the public with deceptive campaigns that promoted the use of toxic flame-retardant chemicals that don’t work and pose serious health risks to consumers.

Jury

Monetary/Material Award Details

Winner: $10,000
Finalists: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

• Entries may be a single story, a photograph, an editorial or a commentary; a series of stories, photographs, editorials or commentaries; or a body of work by an individual journalist.

• Submitters should consider all aspects of the journalistic process: reporting, writing, editing, headlines, photographs and illustrations, and presentation.

• The guidelines for the Taylor Fairness Award do not offer a definition of fairness. This is deliberate, recognizing that elements of fairness in journalism are diverse and do not easily lend themselves to a precise definition for a journalism competition.

• There are many ways to define work that can be held up as an example of fairness, so it is very important that the letter sent with the nomination explain clearly why the entry is an exemplary example of fairness in newspapers and how the work was developed, reported and presented to readers in the context of fairness.

Entry Format

All Taylor Award entries must be submitted online using our electronic application form.

(Please note that the application period for the 2014 Taylor Award has ended. Entries for work published in a U.S. daily newspaper or on the paper’s website during the 2015 calendar year will be accepted starting in the fall of 2015.)

Contact Information

Christine Kaye
617-496-6333 [email protected]

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