CALL FOR ENTRIES — 2013
DEADLINE HAS PASSED.
WBUR and Boston University are pleased to announce this Call for Entries for the 12th annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
The Prize is an award of $5,000 given to a rising journalist in public radio for a news story or segment – whether broadcast, podcast or published online, using any combination of audio and other media – of significance and quality. By sponsoring this award, WBUR hopes to inspire a new generation of 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 recipient of the 2012 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize was Grace Hood of KUNC in northern Colorado. Her entry, “Investigating Colorado’s Online K-12 Schools,” was a series about for-profit education that led to legislative action in the state.
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.
The work may focus on any local, national or international news issue significant to the listening public. It may be in the form of a produced news story, a news feature, a documentary, a series on a single topic or an investigative report, and it may be a traditional audio story or a multimedia piece.
The journalist awarded the Prize must be 35 years of age or younger as of June 30, 2013.
_ 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 in the U.S. OR published online OR produced as a podcast by any CPB-qualified radio station between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Each entrant must submit an online Application Form that contains a link to the submission and must send, signed and scanned via email to email@example.com or by mail with attention to Quiana Scott-Ferguson, 890 Commonwealth Ave, 3rd Floor, Boston MA. 02215, a completed Broadcast Certification Form. This form confirms the date of broadcast or 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.
_ 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.
_ No journalist employed by WBUR is eligible for the prize.
_ All entries must be received at or before noon on Friday, Sept. 6. A complete entry consists of an online application form, a link to the submitted work and a signed Broadcast Certification Form (scanned and sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail with attention to Quiana Scott-Ferguson, 890 Commonwealth Ave, 3rd Fl, Boston, MA 02215). Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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. No officer or employee of WBUR is eligible to participate in the panel; judges’ names and affiliations will be posted after Sept. 6, 2013.