Richard LaCourse Award
The 2014 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award offers a $5,000 prize sponsored by the Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award to recognize groundbreaking work by a journalist or a team who creatively uses digital tools in the role of serving as a community’s watchdog.
Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues.
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.
- Recipient of the Richard LaCourse Award may take a few minutes to give an acceptance speech at the NAJA Media Awards Banquet, where he or she will be recognized for their award during the Media Awards Banquet July 12, 2014.
Richard LaCourse Award Entry Form