Poverty and Inequality 2020 Awards

The National Press Foundation will give nine one-time awards to honor excellence in reporting on poverty and inequality and their effects on families in the United States in 2020.

September Prizes: Best reporting on children in poverty in America | Work published or broadcast between Sept. 2 – 30, 2020

October Prizes: Best reporting on the effects of racism and/or inequality on American society | Work published or broadcast between Oct. 1 – 31, 2020

December Prizes: Best reporting on “what works” to ameliorate poverty in America. | Work published or broadcast between Dec. 1 – 31, 2020

Read carefully for publication dates, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines:

These awards are open to U.S.-based journalists publishing in any medium (print, broadcast, online, podcast, etc.) whose work represents the highest standards of journalism. They are offered in conjunction with training conducted for journalists by the National Press Foundation. Applicants for each prize must have attended at least two of the online NPF programs.

Winners of awards in previous months are ineligible to reapply. Work should be submitted according to the size of the news outlet that publishes the work. See details below. The jury for these awards will be panels of professional journalists.

The deadline to apply for the three September prizes is Oct. 1, 2020, for work published or broadcast between Sept. 2 and Sept. 30.

Prize 1: $4,000 for the best story published in any medium by any news outlet on children in poverty.

Prize 2: $4,000 for the best story published in any medium by any news outlet with a newsroom of 150 or fewer journalists. (This number includes editors, designers, digital producers, etc.)

Prize 3: $4,000 for the best story published in any medium by any news outlet with a newsroom of 50 or fewer journalists, or by a freelancer, unemployed or furloughed journalist.

Winners will be announced in October.

For questions on these awards, contact Jenny Ash-Maher at jenny@nationalpress.org.

These awards and the trainings are funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Heising-Simons Foundation; NPF is solely responsible for the content of the trainings.

 

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