2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

The 10th Annual
Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize


WBUR and Boston University are pleased to announce this Call for Entries for the 10th annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

The Prize is an award of $5,000 given to a rising journalist in public radio. It honors a news story or segment of significance and quality, and celebrates the new generation of journalists in public radio. By sponsoring this award, WBUR hopes to inspire younger journalists to stretch the boundaries of the medium and encourage journalists-in-training to choose public radio as a career path.

We are guided by the vision and example of the late Daniel Schorr, who gave American journalism a lifetime of commitment through his insight, intelligence and integrity. Dan was greatly honored to have this award carry his name. He believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of the broadcast industry — particularly young journalists who have found a calling in public radio.

The 2010 recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize was WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang. Ms. Chang was selected for her investigative report about Detroit’s broken public defender system, entitled Not Enough Money Or Time To Defend Detroit’s Poor, which aired on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazine “All Things Considered” during her tenure as a NPR Kroc fellow in 2009.

WBUR has established these general guidelines for the Prize:

• The journalist awarded the Prize must be 35 years of age or younger as of June 30, 2011.

• A journalist seeking the Prize may offer only one submission for consideration.

• Group applications are not permitted; a single journalist must be principally responsible for the work submitted.

• Works must have been broadcast, OR published online, OR produced as a podcast in the U.S. for any CPB-qualified radio station between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

• Each entry must be accompanied by a completed Application Form and a Broadcast Certification Form (BCF). The BCF confirms the date of broadcast/digital publication and certifies that the work is substantially that of the nominee. It must be signed by a General Manager, Program Director, News Director or Web Editor of a CPB-qualified radio station, network or program.

• All entries must be received on or before Friday, September 16, 2011.
Applicants are welcome to share a modest amount of the news coverage generated by the work if the work is felt to have greatly impacted a listening audience—e.g., news photos from a station’s website or program guide.

• A panel of judges made up of distinguished journalists will evaluate all Schorr Prize entries. Judges’ names and affiliations will be posted after August 15, 2011.

See the following Criteria for additional information.

Criteria for The Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

1. The work honored contributes to the radio audience’s understanding of a significant issue; shows creativity and initiative; demonstrates state-of-the-art production values; and, adheres scrupulously to the highest standards of broadcast journalism, including clarity of expression, accuracy, fairness and seriousness of purpose.

2. The eligible work focuses on any local, national or international news issue significant to the listening public.

3. A single journalist must be principally responsible for the work submitted.

4. A journalist seeking the Prize may offer only one submission.

5. The eligible work is in the form of a produced news story, news feature, documentary, a series on a single topic or an investigative report.

6. The person receiving the award must be 35 years of age or younger as of June 30, 2011.

7. The work submitted was broadcast on, published online at, or made available as a podcast through a CPB-qualified radio station in the U.S. between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

8. Journalists may submit their own work. Alternatively, works may be submitted by General Managers, Program Directors, News Directors, Producers or Web Editors of CPB-qualified radio stations; personnel supervising news programming at NPR, PRI or other networks providing programming to the public radio system; or independent producers providing programming to the public radio system.

9. Four (4) copies of each of the following must be submitted for an application to be considered complete: 1) the work itself, submitted on cassette or CD and individually packaged in a CD envelope, a jewel box, cassette box or similar; 2) a completed Application Form; 3) a signed Broadcast Certification Form.

10. All works submitted must be received by WBUR at the address given below on or before Friday, September 16, 2011.

11. No journalist employed by WBUR is eligible to win the prize.

12. A panel of outstanding experts in the field will judge the works.

13. No officer or employee of WBUR is eligible to participate in the panel.

14. The winner will be notified by Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

15. The recipient will be honored at a special event to be held in Boston on November 21, 2011.


Complete applications for the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize must include four (4) copies of each of the following items:

1. Application Form
2. Broadcast Certification Form with appropriate signature
3. eligible work on cassette or CD

Please collate the above three items into four individual packages and mail as one unit to:
Attn: Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize
890 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Applications must be received on or before Friday, September 16, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

View or print the Application and Broadcast Certification Forms (for your convenience, these forms can be filled out online then printed for mailing to WBUR).

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