Scripps Howard Awards

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Since 1953, the Scripps Howard Awards have recognized the finest in journalism. Winning stories and investigations have created solutions, revealed injustices, initiated new legislation and created a better-informed world.

The awards are sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation, which advances journalistic excellence through education, career development and the recognition of outstanding work. Scroll down below to click on the category in which you want to submit an entry.

The 2015 Scripps Howard Awards is open to news organizations based in the U.S. and recognizes outstanding print, broadcast and online journalism in 15 categories. Two additional categories honor college journalism and mass communication educators for excellence in administration and teaching.
There are two new categories for 2015:
- Opinion - Replaces commentary and editorial writing
- Top Story of the Year - This is a brand new category in which the Foundation will introduce a new topic each year based on the stories that garnered the most attention during the year. For the inaugural award, the topic is police-community relations.

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The portal to submit entries will remain open until Feb. 10, 2016. Click on the categories below to submit your entry. There is a $50 fee for each entry (with the exception of First Amendment and Administrator/Teacher of the Year). Once the Foundation finalizes all entries, a panel of expert judges will converge to review every submission and to determine the winners. The Foundation will announce the winners in March. Follow along for updates on Twitter @SH_Awards. The winners share $180,000 in cash prizes. The Scripps Howard Awards dinner is set for April 28 in Phoenix.

Breaking News

This category honors comprehensive and resourceful coverage of a breaking news event during 2015. Open to television and radio stations or groups; online news sites, including those published by newspapers; broadcast and cable networks; cable systems; and syndication or program services for work by staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s).

Business/Economics Reporting

William Brewster Styles Award

Open to any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2015, television or radio station, online news sites, broadcast or cable network, cable system, wire service, news syndicate, syndication or program service, or news magazine. Staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s) are eligible.

Community Journalism

Open to staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s) in small-market newspapers with a daily newspaper circulation not to exceed 75,000, television stations in 51+ markets, and online news sites and websites with a maximum of 200,000 unique visitors per month. Market size is determined by DMA ranking for television entries. Work must have originally aired or published in print or online in 2015.

Digital Innovation

This category for non-narrative storytelling honors great journalism told in fresh, engaging ways through the use of digital tools and/or platforms. This is a broad category limited only by the entrant's imagination and ability. Entries could include data visualizations, maps, info graphics, games, video, photos and/or interactive multimedia packages.

Environmental Reporting

Edward J. Meeman Award

Open to any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2015, television or radio stations, online news sites or websites, broadcast or cable networks, cable systems, wire services, news syndicates, syndication or program services, or news magazines. Staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s) are eligible.

First Amendment

E.W. Scripps Award

Honors an individual or an organization for distinguished service in the cause of the First Amendment guarantee of a free press. Open to any individual or organization. Nominations may be made by individuals, news organizations or any interested party. Material not limited to 2015 publication or distribution.

Human Interest Storytelling

Ernie Pyle Award

Open to any journalist for work that appeared in a newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2015, or was distributed by a television or radio station, online news site, website, broadcast or cable network, cable system, wire service, news syndicate, syndication or program service, or news magazine.

Investigative Reporting

Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize

Open to television or radio stations, online news sites or websites, broadcast or cable networks, any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2015, cable systems, wire services, news syndicates, syndication or program services, or news magazines. Staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s) are eligible. May be individual or team entry.

Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year

Charles E. Scripps Award

The Charles E. Scripps Award for the Journalism & Mass Communication Administrator of the Year is given in collaboration with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). It is open to any past or present administrator of a school, department of journalism or mass communication at accredited or non-accredited schools.

Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year

Charles E. Scripps Award

The Charles E. Scripps Award for the Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year is given in collaboration with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The competition is open to any full-time faculty member teaching in the disciplines of journalism and mass communication who, over the years, has consistently demonstrated an environment of excellence by ongoing contributions to the improvement of student learning. Open to accredited and non-accredited schools.

Opinion

Walker Stone Award

Honors outstanding commentary/editorial by an individual or team whose work was originally distributed in 2015 by a television or radio station, cable network, online news site or website, news magazine, wire service or news syndicate, or newspaper that publishes three or more times weekly.

Photojournalism

The competition is open to staff members and freelancers whose still photography appeared in newspapers that published three or more times weekly in 2015 or whose still photography was distributed in 2015 by online news sites, news magazines, news services or syndication. The award is for a published portfolio of work; a single photo story or essay does not qualify.

Public Service Reporting

Roy W. Howard Award

This award recognizes journalism that serves the public through extensive coverage of an issue. Open to television stations, broadcast and cable networks, any newspaper that published three or more times weekly in 2015, cable systems, news services, news syndicates, syndication or program services.

Radio/Audio In-Depth Reporting

Jack R. Howard Award

Honors the best in-depth and investigative reporting of a single event or issue that was broadcast or covered online in 2015 by a radio station, group of radio stations, radio network, podcast, syndication or production company that produces audio content for radio broadcast or online podcasting.

Television/Cable In-Depth Local Coverage

Jack R. Howard Award

Honors in-depth coverage of a single event or issue that is local in scope. Must have been broadcast or distributed online by a television station or any commonly-owned group of television stations originating programs, national television or cable system originating programs, syndication or production company that produces programming primarily for broadcast use.

Television/Cable In-Depth National, International Coverage

Jack R. Howard Award

Honors in-depth coverage of a single event or issue that is national and/or international in scope. Must have been broadcast or distributed online by a television station or any commonly-owned group of television stations originating programs, national television or cable system originating programs, syndication or production company that produces programming primarily for broadcast use.

Top Story of the Year

This is a new category for 2015 based on a selected topic - the story of the year. For 2015, that story is police-community relations. This category is open to television or radio stations, online news sites or websites, broadcast or cable networks, any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2015, cable systems, wire services, news syndicates, syndication or program services, or news magazines. Staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s) are eligible. May be individual or team entry.