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Call For Entries For The 15th Annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize Competition

THE TOMORROW SHOW -- Pictured: Newsman Daniel Schorr during an interview on July 9, 1979 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBCU Photo BankMoreCloseclosemore
THE TOMORROW SHOW -- Pictured: Newsman Daniel Schorr during an interview on July 9, 1979 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank

In an increasingly partisan media landscape, public radio offers facts, information and insightful public conversation about issues that impact the community at large. WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, is proud to invite public radio journalists age 35 and under to submit entries of their strongest work for the 15th annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Submissions should contribute to the audience’s understanding of a significant issue and demonstrate creativity and initiative while adhering scrupulously to the highest standards of journalism.

Eligible works will have been broadcast or published between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017. The $5,000 Schorr Prize – sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner – recognizes a rising star in public radio and seeks to inspire a new generation of journalists to stretch the boundaries of the medium. Complete guidelines are online at wbur.org.

The award is named for the late Daniel Schorr, who gave American journalism a lifetime of commitment through his insight, intelligence and integrity. Schorr believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio. The selected Schorr Prize winner will be honored at the annual WBUR Gala which takes place on June 8 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Mass.

The prize last year was awarded to Sarah Gonzalez of NPR member station, WNYC. Gonzalez’s winning entry, “Kids in Prison: Racial Disparities, Longer Sentences and a Better Way,” examined why black teenagers in New Jersey are tried as adults more than any other racial or ethnic group, resulting in harsher treatment and longer sentences.

Past Schorr Prize winners also include WAMU Reporter Patrick Madden (2015); Reporter Devin Katayama, now a reporter for KQED (2014); WBEZ producer Becky Vevea (2013); Colorado Public Radio reporter Grace Hood (2012); NPR host David Greene (2011); NPR correspondent Ailsa Chang (2010) and NPR reporter Chana Joffe-Walt (2009), currently both part of NPR’s “Plant Money” team; former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, now the host of “How I Built This,” “TED Radio Hour” and “Wow In the World” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).

All entries must be received at or before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018.

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