Attn: Graduating Students
From: Dean Huff
Re: Year-end Awards for M.S. & M.A. Students
April 21, 2010
Each year on Journalism Day the school confers awards on several top-performing students. Each prize winner will receive a certificate and some will receive additional cash prizes (this depends on how the awards were originally set up). Below you will find the descriptions of this year’s awards.
These awards are open to any M.S. students graduating in this cycle (May 2010, Feb. 2010 and Oct. 2009). Some awards are also open to M.A. students - noted in 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 teaching the course for which they are awarded - no submissions are accepted for these.
Please note: The Blood award is run by an alumni committee and has already accepted submissions.
Another prize, the Harron Award, is decided by a faculty committee from nominations provided by the J-school community - see separate announcement). 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 and Hechinger are not part of the limit), and each application (unless otherwise specified in the award description) can contain only one story, or segment of a Master’s Project/Thesis no longer than 3,500 words (or 10-12 minutes of video or audio; for digital media projects, submit specific URLs in addition to an overall URL, and printouts of the relevant pages).
The decisions of the faculty judges are final, and their deliberations are confidential.
If you are submitting an application for one of the juried awards, you must submit clean, hard copy (or broadcast materials, if applicable, WITH SCRIPTS, or for digital media projects, submit specific URLs in addition to an overall URL, and printouts of the relevant pages) to the boxes in 2M07A (in the Career Services area) between Thursday, April 22, at 10 a.m. and Thursday, April 29 at 10 a.m. IN ADDITION, please e-mail copies of your submissions to email@example.com. If you are coming after business hours, please drop off the entries through the slot of the gray box outside of the DOS offices (Huff/Sreenivasan) PLEASE SUBMIT THREE COPIES OF EACH ITEM.
Make sure everything is clearly labeled with your name, the class and professor for whom you did the story and the exact award category you are entering.
If you are entering more than one category, you must have a separate, labeled envelope for each entry (note: no more than two categories per student, not including Blood, and Hechinger). We will not be returning entries.
You can also read about how students graduate with honors in this previous 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARDS TAKING SUBMISSIONS (descriptions below):
- Balakian Award for writing about literature (M.A. eligible)
- Blood Award for reporting (closed)
- Hechinger Education Journalism Award - (M.A. eligible)
- Horgan Prizes (3) for science reporting
- Mencher Award for superior reporting
- Wechsler for local reporting(M.A. eligible)
- Wechsler for national reporting(M.A. eligible)
- Wechsler for international reporting(M.A. eligible)
AWARDS NOT TAKING SUBMISSIONS:
- M.A. Thesis Prize
- Baker Award for City Newsroom
- Baker Award for CNS
- Baker Award for Magazine Workshops
- The Judy F. Crichton Award
- Paul Rykoff Coleman Memorial Scholarship Award
- Greer Award for financial writing (one M.S. & one M.A.)
- Peter Keller Award for Editing
- Joan Konner Broadcast Journalism Award
- Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing (All Book seminar students eligible)
- Nelson Award for national affairs reporting
- Digital Media Workshop Award
- Nightly News Workshop Award
- Photography Award
- Radio Workshop Award
- Sackett Award for Law Class
- Taylor Award for best international student (M.A. eligible)
- Video Storytelling Workshop Award
- Louis Winnick Prize for RWI Writing
AWARD WITH NOMINATIONS FROM J-SCHOOL COMMUNITY
- Harron Award for excellence in reporting as well as exemplary kindness and courtesy to fellow students (see separate announcement) [Whole school eligible]
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2010 STUDENT PRIZES IN DETAIL
AWARDS TAKING SUBMISSIONS
THE NONA BALAKIAN AWARD (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. Book reviews, profiles and articles about the literary world are acceptable.
THE RICHARD BLOOD AWARD
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.
THE FRED M. HECHINGER EDUCATION JOURNALISM AWARD (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. See separate entry information, deadline and process here: http://deanstudents.blogsome.com/2010/04/21/graduation-fred-m-hechinger-journalism-education-award/
There are three Horgan awards given to the students who have produced the best stories focused on science, health or the environment. All media welcome.
MELVIN MENCHER REPORTING AWARD
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.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:
M.A. THESIS AWARD
This award honors the best M.A. thesis as determined by the deans.
THE RICHARD T. BAKER AWARDS
The Richard T. Baker Award for outstanding performance in the Newspaper workshops – Brooklyn Ink, Bronx Ink, and Columbia News Service - was established in honor of the late Dick Baker, a J-School graduate and long-time professor who also served as acting dean, associate dean, historian and administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. The second Richard T. Baker Award is for outstanding performance in the Magazine workshops.
PAUL RYKOFF COLEMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Paul Rykoff Coleman Memorial Scholarship Award is awarded to a student dedicated to reporting about health and sciences, especially infectious diseases
THE JUDY F. CRICHTON AWARD
The 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 the student documentary 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.
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 student in financial writing.
THE ROBERT HARRON AWARD
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. (Call for nominations)
THE PETER KELLER PRIZE FOR EDITING
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
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 LARS-ERIK NELSON PRIZE
The Lars-Erik Nelson Prize was established by the New York Daily News, in honor of Lars-Erik Nelson, its distinguished Washington columnist, who died in 2000. It is presented to a student for best reporting or opinion piece in one of the National Affairs Reporting seminars.
THE DIGITAL MEDIA WORKSHOP AWARDS
This award is for outstanding performance in the Digita Media Workshops.
THE NIGHTLY NEWS AWARD
This award is given for outstanding performance in Nightly News Workshop.
THE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
The Photography Award is given for outstanding performance in the photography courses.
THE RADIO WORKSHOP AWARD
This award is for outstanding performance in the Radio Workshop.
THE HENRY SACKETT AWARD
The Sackett Award is given to two outstanding journalists who, in the judgment of the Faculty, did the best work in the course on the law of journalism. The award is part of the fund established in the will of Colonel Henry Woodward Sackett.
THE HENRY N. TAYLOR AWARD
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 VIDEO STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
This award is for outstanding performance in Video Storytelling Workshop.
THE LOUIS WINNICK PRIZE FOR RWI
This award in memory of Louis Winnick, is given to the best story done in RWI in the previous calendar year. The story must demonstrate outstanding reporting and writing, along with great precision and accuracy in grammar. This year’s winner has already been selected.
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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 and Hechinger awards aren’t 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.
* Does the limit of 3,500 words apply to ANY story or only to Master’s Projects/Theses (my story is currently around 4,600 words, so I need to know whether to cut it down in size or not.)
THE ANSWER: The reason we say only 3,500 words is to make the judging process more streamlined. If you can trim your piece, please do. If, however, every word is uncuttable, attach a note explaining your reasons for turning it in a little longer. Please note that the Wechsler submissions cannot exceed 750 words.
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