The Worth Bingham Prize honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served.
These stories may involve state, local or national government, lobbyists or the press itself wherever there exists an "atmosphere of easy tolerance" that Worth Bingham himself once described in his reporting on the nation's capital.
The investigative reporting may cover actual violations of the law, rule or code; lax or ineffective administration or enforcement; or activities which create conflicts of interest, entail excessive secrecy or otherwise raise questions of propriety.
Judges will be guided by such factors as obstacles overcome in getting information, accuracy, clarity of analysis and writing style, magnitude of the situation, and impact on the public, including any reforms that may have resulted.
The $20,000 prize for reporting in 2014 will be presented at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., in April 2015.
(Please note that the application period for the 2014 Worth Bingham Prize has ended. Entries for work done in the current calendar year will be accepted starting in the fall of 2014.)