Attn: Graduating Students

From: Dean Huff

Re: Year-end Awards for M.S. & M.A. Students

April 14, 2014

 

Each year on Journalism Day the school confers awards on a number of

top-performing students.

 

These awards are open to M.S and M.A. students graduating in this cycle (May

2014, Feb. 2014 and Oct. 2013). The eligibility is noted with each award description.

 

There are two broad categories of awards: those for which students can submit entries that are judged by faculty juries and those decided by the professors based on student performance in a course or throughout the year - no submissions are accepted for these.

 

Please note: The Blood award is run by an alumni committee and has a separate entry process.

 

Another prize, the Harron Award, is decided by a faculty committee from nominations provided by the J-school community. All M.S., M.A., Knight Bagehot, and Ph.D.students are eligible.

 

For juried awards, you may submit applications for no more than two categories (the Blood Award is not part of the limit), and each application can contain only one story, or segment of a Master's Project/Thesis.

Submissions must conform to the parameters (word count; video length; type of work) listed in the award description below.

 

The decisions of the faculty judges are final, and their deliberations are confidential.

 

Unless the description says otherwise, please complete the award entry link for each award for which you want to submit something (maximum two). In addition, for audio & video submissions not available as URLs, please also bring five copies of a labeled disk to Chanel Roche in 207A by Monday, April 28, at noon.

 

If you are entering more than one category, you must complete a separate award entry link

for each entry (note: no more than two categories per student, not including Blood).

 

You can also read about how students graduate with honors in this DOS Blog post about year-end awards and grading.

 

FAQs about all this at the end of this post.

 

If you have any questions, please address them to dos@jrn.columbia.edu.

 

Regards,

 

Dean Huff

 

AWARDS TAKING SUBMISSIONS (descriptions below):

 

*           Blood Award for reporting (M.S. eligible)

*          Brown/Tow Award for Excellence in Computational Journalism (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

*          duPont/Judy F. Crichton Award - (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

*          Arthur J. Harris Memorial Prize (M.A. Eligible)

 

*           Hechinger Education Journalism Award - (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

*           Horgan Prizes (3) for science reporting (M.S. eligible)

 

*           Journalism Editorial - (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

*           Mencher Award for superior reporting (M.S. eligible)

 

*           Wechsler for local reporting - (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

*           Wechsler for national reporting - (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

*           Wechsler for international reporting - (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

AWARDS NOT TAKING SUBMISSIONS:

 

*           Balakian Award for writing about literature - (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

*          Best M.A. Politics Thesis (M.A. eligible)

*          Best M.A. Science Thesis (M.A. eligible)

 

*           Greer Award for financial writing (one M.S. & one M.A.)

 

*           Peter Keller Award for Editing (M.S. eligible)

 

*           Joan Konner Broadcast Journalism Award (M.S. eligible)

 

*           Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing (Book seminar students

eligible)

·        Pulitzer Traveling Fellowships (top four M.S. students)

·        Pulitzer Fellowship in Arts Criticism (top M.A. student in arts criticism)

 

*           Taylor Award for best international student (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

 

*           Louis Winnick Prize for superior coverage of NYC (M.S. eligible)

 

AWARD WITH NOMINATIONS FROM J-SCHOOL COMMUNITY

 

Harron Award for excellence in reporting as well as exemplary kindness and courtesy to fellow students [Whole school eligible] Full details here.

 

2014 STUDENT PRIZES IN DETAIL

 

AWARDS TAKING SUBMISSIONS

 

THE RICHARD BLOOD AWARD (M.S. Eligible)

The Richard Blood Award is given to the student-judged by a panel of the former professor's students-to have written the best investigative, hard-news or news feature story. Follow instructions here to enter. Deadline: April 18, noon.

 

BROWN/TOW AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTATIONAL JOURNALISM (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

The Award for Excellence in Computational Journalism is sponsored by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. It honors work that makes exceptional use of computation in the service of journalism or makes an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of how data, code and algorithms change the nature of reporting.  All formats welcome (print, broadcast, radio, documentary, website, API, data package, etc.)

 

THE DUPONT/JUDY F. CRICHTON AWARD (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

The duPont/Judy F. Crichton Award is named in commemoration of the former duPont-Columbia Awards juror, who during her career served as one of the first female documentary producers at CBS Reports; and who became the founding Executive Producer of PBS' show, the American Experience. It honors student video work that most encapsulizes Judy's ideals of hard-hitting journalism, long-form narrative storytelling, and historical perspective on issues of concern to American culture and history. Entries can be posted on

Vimeo or Youtube, or on DVD's There is no time limit on material. Questions? Contact Abi Wright, Director of the duPont Awards: awright@columbia.edu

 

THE FRED M. HECHINGER EDUCATION JOURNALISM AWARD (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

This award is given to a student who produces outstanding work in education reporting. This award was established by the Hechinger Institute on Media and Education at Teachers College, in honor of New York Times education editor, Fred M. Hechinger. Stories are accepted in television, digital media, radio and print. There is no length restriction. Judges will be looking for insight and excellence in reporting and writing.

 

ARTHUR J. HARRIS MEMORIAL PRIZE (M.A. Eligible)

This prize provides funding to allow a leading student to complete an ambitious project upon graduation.  The project can be an outgrowth or continuation of the M.A. thesis, or it can be entirely separate. Either way, please write a proposal of 750 words outlining--as specifically as possible--the intended reporting, breaking down the costs associated with that research, and describing the final product. If the proposed project relates to your thesis, the judges will take that piece and its quality into account. Apply here: http://fs8.formsite.com/cjdos/Harris/ 

HORGAN PRIZES (M.S. Eligible)

There are three Horgan awards given to the students who have produced the

best print stories focused on science, health or the environment. No length restrictions.

 

JOURNALISM EDITORIAL (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

This award recognizes excellence in editorial writing. Opinion pieces such as editorials, commentaries, and essays with a strong point of view are eligible. Entries must not exceed 1,000 words.

 

MELVIN MENCHER REPORTING AWARD (M.S. eligible)

The Melvin Mencher Award was established by the students, friends and associates of Professor Melvin Mencher, the man who wrote that text book, who retired in 1990. The award recognizes superior reporting on local government activity (including education, social services, politics, health, etc.). Only print entries of no more than 2,000 words will be considered. Print Master's Projects are welcome but must be excerpted or condensed so

that they fit the word limit.

 

THE JAMES A. WECHSLER MEMORIAL AWARDS (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

The first James A. Wechsler Memorial Award is presented to the student who, in the judgment of the Faculty, submits the best story (no more than 750 words) on a significant local issue. The awards were established by the Pisces Foundation in memory of the former editor and columnist at the New York Post. The second James A. Wechsler Memorial Award is presented to the student who submits the best story (no more than 750 words) on a significant national issue. The final James A. Wechlser memorial Award is presented to the student who submits the best story (no more than 750 words) on a significant international issue. Word counts are non-negotiable and submissions with a higher count will not be considered.

 

AWARDS NOT TAKING SUBMISSIONS:

 

THE NONA BALAKIAN AWARD (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

The Nona Balakian Award was established in 1992 to honor the student who shows the most promise for achievement in writing about literature. Ms. Balakian, a 1943 graduate of the Journalism School, was an editor at the New York Times Book Review and had much influence on American arts and letters for more than four decades. Students are nominated by faculty and then the nominees will be asked to submit work samples. Book reviews, profiles and articles about the literary world are acceptable

 

PHILIP GREER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND AWARD (one M.S. & one M.A.) The

Philip Greer Memorial Scholarship Fund Award, presented for the first time in 1988, was established in honor of the late Mr. Greer, a financial correspondent and columnist for the New York Herald-Tribune and The Washington Post, to recognize the outstanding students in financial writing.

 

THE ROBERT HARRON AWARD [WHOLE SCHOOL ELIGIBLE]

The Robert Harron Award is presented to the student who has demonstrated excellence in writing and reporting as well as exemplary kindness and courtesy to fellow students. The award was established in memory of Robert Harron, the former sportswriter and long-time assistant to the presidents of this university, through gifts from his many friends. Full information here.

 

THE PETER KELLER PRIZE FOR EDITING (M.S. eligible)

The Peter Keller Prize is presented to a student who shows great promise in editing. This award is made possible by a gift from Lisa Keller Yakas and Saky Yakas.

 

THE JOAN KONNER AWARD (M.S. eligible)

This prize is presented to the student who has produced the most thought-provoking and original television and radio reporting.

 

THE LYNTON FELLOWSHIP IN BOOK WRITING (All students in the Book Writing

Seminar are eligible)

Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing is given for outstanding work in the Book Writing seminar.

 

THE HENRY N. TAYLOR AWARD (M.S. & M.A. eligible)

The Henry N. Taylor Award was established in 1962 by friends of Henry Taylor, a journalist who was killed on assignment in the Congo at the age of 31. The award is given at the end of each school year to that member of the International Division who has demonstrated the qualities of a superior journalist. The award includes a grant providing for travel in the United

States before returning to his or her homeland.

 

THE LOUIS WINNICK PRIZE WRITING ABOUT NYC (M.S. eligible)

This award honors Louis Winnick who was an economist and prolific writer, largely for academic journals but also for periodicals and newspapers. It is given for the best writing about New York City.

 

FAQs ABOUT AWARD SUBMISSIONS

 

Over the years, students have asked questions along these lines:

 

* Can I submit more than one entry per award?

THE ANSWER: No, you cannot. We want you to pick the best story and submit

it, rather than send in more than one for any one award.

 

* Can I really only submit entries in two awards?

THE ANSWER: We want you to pick up to two awards and submit stories for

those only. The Blood Award is not part of that quota.

 

* Can I submit same piece for two different awards?  

THE ANSWER: Yes, you may submit the same story for two different awards.

 

* Can I submit a double-bylined story or a team production in broadcast or

digital media?

THE ANSWER: Yes, you may. Each year, multi-person entries do win awards.

 

All questions to dos@jrn.columbia.edu

 

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