Awards

Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism

Dean Anderson presenting the Bart Richards Award at the National Press ClubDean Doug Anderson presents the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Winner, 2013

"Beat the Press" -- STORY
The award will be presented May 22, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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Entries, 2014 

Competition for the 2014 award has begun.
All materials published during the calendar year are eligible, and must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2015. The award will be presented in May 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility

The Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism honors work that evaluates news media coverage of significant subjects or issues. The award is intended to recognize constructively critical articles, books, and electronic media reports; academic and other research; and reports by media ombudsmen and journalism watchdog groups. Entrants are judged by professionals from journalism and journalism education. The winner receives $1,000 and is expected to attend the award ceremony and to talk on the subject for which he or she is being honored.

Rules

Eligible for the award are all significant contributions, current or cumulative, consistent with the award's purposes from whatever source, media or otherwise, in the United States. The nomination should include work done (completed or continuing) in the calendar year. Both individuals and media (or other organizations, enterprises, and groups) are eligible for the award, including newspapers, periodicals, and broadcast/cable stations. Anyone may submit an entry on behalf of an individual or organization. There are no application forms. Each entry must be accompanied by a letter describing the nature and results of the work and by the relevant published or aired material and/or other necessary documentation. Electronic media entries should be submitted in the form of audio or video (on DVDs) when possible, with final scripts or summaries. To facilitate judging, please submit four copies of each entry. In the case of cumulative work, limit entries to representative examples of such work.

About the Award

The creation of the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism was announced at a ceremony at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on October 27, 1994. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to the improvement of print and broadcast journalism through responsible analysis or critical evaluation. The award is one of the few in the country to take a hard look at the media and the job being done by publishers, editors, and reporters.

Submit entries by Jan. 31, 2015

Bart Richards Award
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University Park, PA 16801-3867

Page last updated: April 14, 2014