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Call For Entries for 2021 WHCA Journalism Awards.

The WHCA is proud to announce several prestigious professional journalism awards that highlight our colleagues’ significant accomplishments in the field. The 2021 awards will be presented later this year.

The details of each award follow. The link to submit entries follows.

THE ALDO BECKMAN AWARD FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE IN WHITE HOUSE COVERAGE

The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce competition for the Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage. 

The prize recognizes a correspondent who personifies the journalistic excellence as well as the personal qualities of the late Aldo Beckman, the award-winning correspondent of the Chicago Tribune and former WHCA president.

Competition is open to all journalists who cover the White House on a regular basis, or whose reporting is primarily devoted to coverage of the White House or the presidency.  The award will be based on a correspondent’s reporting during the year ending December 31, 2020.

Journalistic excellence in coverage of the White House will be the primary criterion.  However, the judges may wish to honor an outstanding young reporter, a reporter who has demonstrated repeated excellence in White House coverage over a long period, or a reporter who personifies the human qualities exemplified by Aldo Beckman.  Those qualities were known to include integrity, impartial analysis, breadth and depth of knowledge of the presidency and a love of the institution. Judges may also choose to make no award in a given year.

There is a prize of $1,000, and it will be presented later this year.

 Guidelines for the award

 * Entrants are invited to submit a representative sample of their work for the calendar year 2020 not to exceed six articles or broadcast scripts.  Entries published online must be original Web content.

 * Submission should contain the dateline, date of publication or broadcast, name of publication or news organization, and a supervisor’s certification that the nominee wrote or dictated the story

 * Please supply any other information you feel may be relevant to the judges in evaluating the entry, according to the principles of the award as outlined above.   

 * Entries become the property of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

 * The decision of the judges on all matters relating to the award is final.

THE ENTRY MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 5 PM, MARCH 3, 2020

Submit Entry Here

THE MERRIMAN SMITH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESIDENTIAL NEWS COVERAGE UNDER DEADLINE PRESSURE 

The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce competition for the Merriman Smith Award in presidential news coverage.  The award is named for the late Merriman Smith of United Press International, a White House correspondent for more than 30 years and a former president of the WHCA.

The prize recognizes coverage under deadline pressure, and will be offered in two categories:

PRINT – Newspaper, wire service, magazine

BROADCAST – Radio and television

Each award comes with a prize of $2,500 and will be presented later this year.

The 2021 awards will be based on the following criteria:

A single story written, dictated or broadcast under deadline pressure. The award traditionally has recognized the deadline work of a single journalist.

The story must have emanated from coverage of the presidency, either in the United States or abroad.  Any subject of news interest (political, diplomatic, scientific, economic, social, security, appointments, any foreign or domestic matter) which developed in the course of presidential news coverage, will be considered.

A nominee must have been based in the Washington area and must have been on permanent or temporary assignment covering the presidency.

Four factors will be assessed in the judging of a story: accuracy, speed, objectivity, and initiative.

Correspondents employed by any recognized news organization are eligible to enter.

 GUIDELINES FOR THE 2020 MERRIMAN SMITH AWARD

* Material for consideration must have been published or broadcast in the calendar year ending December 31, 2020.

* Please provide a brief description of the situation the reporter faced.   Include brief comments on criteria for this competition: speed, accuracy objectivity, initiative.  Note any unusual factors involved and specify if story was exclusive.

* Please include a supervisor’s certification that the nominee wrote, dictated or broadcast this story.

* Broadcast entries must be in the form of a script and audio/video submitted online.  In the case of a live broadcast, an air check is required. 

* Only ONE entry should be filed by a nominee or on a nominee’s behalf.

* The decision of the judges on all matters relating to the awards is final.

All entries must be received on or before 5 PM, March 3, 2021.

SUBMIT ENTRIES HERE

THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESIDENTIAL NEWS COVERAGE BY VISUAL JOURNALISTS

The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce competition for the WHCA Visual Journalism Award for excellence in visual news coverage of the White House.

The prize recognizes a video or photojournalist for uniquely covering the presidency from a journalistic standpoint, either at the White House or in the field. This could be breaking news, a scheduled event or feature coverage. Visual journalists are an essential part of the White House press corps, bringing indelible images of the president and presidency to millions of readers and viewers throughout the world.

Competition is open to all visual journalists who cover the White House on a regular basis, or whose reporting is primarily devoted to coverage of the White House or the presidency.  The award will be based on a single piece of visual journalism during the year ending December 31, 2020.

There is a prize of $1,000, and it will be presented later this year.

Entries MUST be submitted before 5pm EDT on Wednesday, March 3, 2020.

SUBMIT ENTRIES HERE

KATHARINE GRAHAM AWARD FOR COURAGE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce competition for the Katharine Graham Award for Courage and Accountability.

The award honors in-depth news coverage of subjects and events of significant national or regional importance by an individual or newsgathering team.

It is named for the late Katharine Graham, the distinguished publisher of The Washington Post. In selecting a recipient, the judges will be looking for excellence in stories with fairness and objectivity. Special consideration will be given to reporting undertaken despite adversity.  In addition, the judges may cite other meritorious entries.

The award comes with a prize of $10,000 and will be presented later this year.

* Material must have been published in the calendar year ending December 31, 2020. Entrants may submit a sample of their work up to three stories or scripts.  Online entries must be original Web content.

* Please include a supervisor’s certification that the nominee wrote, dictated or broadcast the material on which this entry is based.

* Entries will not be returned.  They become the property of the WHCA.

* The decision of the judges on all matters pertaining to the award will be final.

* Entries must be submitted to WHCA.press no later than 5 PM, March 3, 2020.

SUBMIT ENTRIES HERE