Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 Shaufler Prize in Journalism, the premier contest that recognizes the best journalism in the country advancing the understanding of issues related to underserved people in society.
The prize is administered by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and fosters the school’s mission of supporting communities of color, immigrants and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Now in its second year, the prize was established by Paul B. Anderson, the principal & CEO of Workhouse Media in Seattle, Washington, in honor of his friend, Ed Shaufler, who died in late 2020 and cared deeply about promoting the understanding of underrepresented people.
Winners receive $20,000 in cash awards in the professional and student journalist categories. The first-place winner in the professional media category will receive $10,000. Second and third place will receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. The winner in the student category will receive a $5,000 award.
Entries will be accepted beginning Sept. 15, 2022. For the 2022 prize, entries must consist of work published or aired on print, digital, audio or broadcast platforms between Sept. 1, 2021, and Sept. 1, 2022. There is no entry fee.
In its inaugural year, the 2021 first place prize was awarded to Toluse Olorunnipa and Griff Witte, along with the staff of The Washington Post, for their story, “Born with Two Strikes: How systemic racism shaped Floyd’s life and hobbled his ambition,” which was part of the series, “George Floyd’s America.”
Lizzie Presser of ProPublica took second place with “Tethered to the Machine,” which tells the story of JaMarcus Crews, who tried to get a new kidney, but corporate healthcare stood in the way. Maria Perez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received third place for “The Long Way Home” about migrant workers at a Wisconsin green bean plant dying of COVID-19.
In the student category, the Cronkite School’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism took the top prize for “Little Victims Everywhere,” a series examining child sexual abuse in Indian Country.
To enter, fill out the entry form and upload entries to: https://cronkite.submittable.com/submit/235857/shaufler-prize-in-journalism-2022.
- Broadcast and video entries are limited to 10 minutes or less.
- Audio features are limited to 10 minutes and podcasts to 30 minutes.
- Print and online entries are limited to a single story or story package (a main story with sidebars of shorter length or a series of no more than four related stories).
- Entries may represent the work of one person or multiple individuals.
- Students entering the competition must be enrolled in an accredited journalism program at the time the entry was published or broadcast.
Entries will be judged by journalism professionals and educators. Judges will consider how well submissions:
- Provide in-depth coverage of the issues affecting communities of color, immigrants or LGBTQ+
- Go beyond the ordinary in conveying the challenges experienced by underserved communities
- Tell stories that capture human experiences and build understanding among diverse people and communities
- Explore and illuminate key public policy, legal, social, cultural or political issues regarding the treatment of underrepresented communities and individuals
For more information on the contest, contact David Nitkin at email@example.com.