Richard LaCourse Award
NAJA is extending the application deadline for one of it's most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in investigative journalism with a $5,000 prize.
NAJA's 2014 Richard LaCourse Award recognizes groundbreaking work by a journalist or a team that creatively uses digital tools in the role of community watchdog. The $5,000 prize is made possible through the Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award.
Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues.
The submission deadline for this award has been extended May 12.
Criteria for evaluating entries includes:
- Innovation in storytelling including: interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools and creative use of any digital medium.
- Entry may consist of a single story, series or package on a single subject.
- Entries must be in the English language and published or aired in 2013.
- Spot news, news analysis, editorials, columns, features and photography are eligible.
- Student work is not eligible.
- Team submissions must name a primary contact as the contributor.
- This person must have played a lead or key role in the submitted.
Eligibility requirements and rules:
- Entrant must be a current NAJA member in good standing.
- Lead reporter of the entry should include a one- to two-page cover letter that responds to how the topic was first encountered, pursued and if there were any particular reporting challenges or other special circumstances surrounding production of the story.
- Reporter should also note include whether there was any notable reader response or impact as a result or apparent result of the work. Examples of impact may include, but are not limited to: changes in legislation or policies, or reversed governmental decision that ultimately benefitted the greater good.
- Candidates should also explain whether their work represented a newsbreak or expanded on previous reports to offer a level of explanatory reporting.
- The NAJA Board of Directors and or a board-appointed committee will review nominations and select a winner of the Richard LaCourse Award.
- The winner will be notified prior to the 2014 National Native Media Conference.
Richard LaCourse Award Entry Form