Awards

NPF Awards

The National Press Foundation presents several highly prestigious awards to journalists and helps administer journalism awards presented by other organizations. We award accomplishments in broadcasting, print, and online journalism, as well as editorial cartoons. The awards have different criteria. Some invite journalists to submit their work for judging, while others do not.


Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award

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The National Press Foundation established the Editor of the Year Award in 1984 to recognize significant achievements that enhance the quality of journalism in the United States. The award, open to an editor at any level, is made in recognition of imagination, professional skill, ethics and an ability to motivate staff -- qualities that produce excellence in media. The award is presented at the annual Awards Dinner.

The selection committee will choose a winner from both the external nominations received as well as internal nominations. The deadline for 2014 nominations will be 5 pm EDT Wednesday, October 15, 2015.

A short biography and letter of nomination should be saved as either a Word, text or PDF document BEFORE beginning the online application form. No JPGs. You may not save and return to the application later. If these items are not uploaded to the online application, it will be considered ineligible for review.


Take a look at the acceptance speech by Gilbert Bailon, the 2014 winner of the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award.


Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons

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In 1989 Florence Berryman, former art critic of The Washington Star, endowed an annual award in memory of her late father and brother, both Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists. The Berryman Award is open to editorial cartoonists of newspapers and magazines in the U.S. for work that exhibits power to influence public opinion, plus good drawing and striking effect. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and an engraved crystal vase at the National Press Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. To see the cartoons by our award recipients, go to the NPF cartoon gallery. The competition is opened to editorial cartoonists of newspapers and magazines whose work was published between Sept. 1, 2014 and Sept. 1, 2015.

Take a look at the acceptance speech by Clay Bennett, the 2014 winner of the Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning.


Everett McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Reporting of Congress
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The Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress was created in 1980 in honor of the late Republican Senator from Illinois, shown right. The award is intended to recognize individuals whose work shows thoughtful appraisal and insight into the workings of the U.S. Congress. The winning journalist or team of journalists receives a $5,000 prize. An honorable mention will also be awarded. Entries are welcome from print, broadcast and online journalists. The award is presented at the annual Awards Dinner.

Take a look at the acceptance speech by Drew Griffin, one of the 2014 winners of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award.


Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism
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The National Press Foundation created the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award to honor persons who have, through their vision and leadership, strengthened American journalism and furthered the efforts to establish quality in American journalism. The award is presented at the annual Awards Dinner.

During more than 50 years of reporting writing, editing and publishing, Willard M. Kiplinger, right, maintained the highest standards of journalistic integrity, performance and dedication to his profession. While never taking his eyes off the importance of service to readers, he staunchly supported the right of reporters to exercise their independent judgment on political and economic affairs. That ethical approach was met with commercial success: Starting with the Kiplinger Letter in 1923, Kiplinger Washington Editors now publishes five newsletters, Kiplinger Magazine, books on economics and an online news delivery service. Mr. Kiplinger, who was born in 1891 and died in 1967, continually asserted that, "A good reporter is the Noblest work of God." In 2002 the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award was named in honor of his professional integrity and professional accomplishments.

Applications are not accepted for this award.

Take a look at the acceptance speech by Alberto Ibargüen, the 2014 winner of the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.


Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism

In 1987 the National Press Foundation received a generous bequest from the late Sol Taishoff, founder and editor of Broadcasting Magazine and a veteran of electronic journalism. The foundation created this prestigious award for distinguished service to broadcast journalism, whether during a lifetime of service or during an exceptional year’s work. The award is presented at the annual Awards Dinner.

The Taishoff Award is given to an active broadcaster for a body of quality work in video or audio journalism. The award may recognize an individual's accomplishment in field reporting, producing, writing or work at the anchor desk. Applications for this award are accepted or members of the awards committee can make nominations.

Take a look at the acceptance speech by George Stephanopoulos, the 2014 winner of the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.


Additional Awards (Selected by the NPF Board)