Awards for Investigative Journalists

Awards collageHere’s GIJN’s guide to prominent journalism awards competitions around the world. We have looked for awards that are of special interest to investigative journalists, that are open to international entries, and that are global or regional in scope.

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Global Awards

IWMFCourage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who face danger to uncover the truth and raise the bar for reporting under duress. Organized by the International Women’s Media Foundation, the prizes are open to women journalists across various media worldwide. Deadline: March 11.

dartDart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma honor the most sensitive, thoughtful, and ethical reporting on survivors of traumatic events. Although not explicitly investigative, winning entries are typically major works of in-depth journalism. Deadline: January 27.

Data JournAwards dataalism Awards, sponsored by the Global Editors Network, recognize outstanding work in the field of data journalism in any media worldwide. The prize is given for stories that have an impact at a societal level across multiple categories, including data-driven investigations. Deadline: April 4.

DigDIG Awards for Journalistic Excellence and Investigative Video are annually by the Associazione DIG at an annual media festival in Riccione on Italy’s beautiful Rimini coast. Includes categories for long-form, short-form, investigative, and data. Prizes run from 1500 euros to 20,000 euros. Deadline: March 31.

gijn-1170Global Shining Light Award is a biennial award by the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Given at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, the award honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

awards ahcjHealth Care Journalism Awards for Excellence recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media. Includes investigative and consumer categories. Sponsored by the U.S.-based Association of Health Care Journalists. Deadline: January 7.

Awards IRE2Investigative Reporters and Editors Award is a series of awards for various media given annually by the U.S.-based Investigative Reporters and Editors. Open to journalists worldwide. Deadline: January 15.

awards1Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism recognizes outstanding reporting by teams from daily newspapers working to uncover wrongdoing and promote a better quality of life. It is sponsored by a major Indian daily and the top award is US$11,000. Deadline: December 31.

Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism are given for intrepid reporting on conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions, and other key issues. There are two awards: one to a freelancer covering international news, the other to a reporter in a developing or transitioning country. Deadline: May 31.

One WorldOne World Media Awards reward “the most outstanding coverage of the developing world,” cultural understanding, and fairness and justice worldwide. Categories for reporting on corruption, women’s rights, refugees, and more. Deadline: February 4.

ONAOnline Journalism Awards honor excellence in digital journalism around the world and are administered by the US-based Online News Association. There are awards for innovation in investigative journalism and investigative data journalism. Will cover works between June 16, 2014 and June 15, 2015. Deadline: varies. 

Philip Meyer Award recognizes the best journalism done using social science research methods. It is awarded by Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Deadline: Nov. 21.

SEJ Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment honor the best environmental journalism in seven categories. Journalism broadcast or published in print or online is eligible. Sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists. Deadline: April 1.

hostwriter2#hostwriterPrize awards up to 5000 euros to honor collaboration across national borders in journalism. The competition is sponsored by Germany’s Otto Sprenger Foundation and is open to reporters worldwide. Deadline: varies. 

The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is organized by the European Commission and is open to professional journalists working for all different media types. A grand jury will reward one professional and one amateur journalist from each of the following regions: Africa, the Arab world and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe. Deadline: August 31. 

The TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting recognizes reporting that focuses on uncovering commercial bribery with the goal of advancing commercial transparency. Nominees can be print reporters, citizen journalists or bloggers from any country. Articles eligible for submission must appear in print or online during the 2015 calendar year. Two winning entries will each be awarded a cash prize of $10,000 and a funded trip to Cambridge University to receive their award. Deadline: January 29. 

 Regional Awards

CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism is organized by the Central European Initiative and the South East Europe Media Organisation to honor journalists who contribute to investigative reporting, despite the difficult conditions under which they operate. Open to Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Deadline: May 31.

Awards cnnCNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards recognize the importance of the role of journalists in Africa’s development and serve to encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines. There are more than 11 categories, including business, environment, press freedom, and French and Portuguese language media. Deadline: June 6.

EU Awards for Investigative Journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey are a new award for work in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Each prize includes 3,000-5,000 euros. For “investigative stories contributing to transparency and reporting on societal issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime that otherwise would not have been brought to the public’s attention.” Deadline: April 23.

Award EUEuropean Press Prize is given annually across four different categories, including investigative journalism. The prize is open to any print or online journalist who is a citizen of a Council of Europe country. Deadline: December 18.

Awards IAPAIAPA Excellence in Journalism Awards are given by the InterAmerican Press Association. There are 13 categories, including human rights, environmental, and in-depth reporting. Open to newspapers and news agencies in over 33 nations of the Americas and the Caribbean. Deadline: January 16.

AFPKate Webb Prize is awarded for exceptional work produced by locally-employed Asian media workers, including reporters, photographers, and broadcast journalists, operating in dangerous or difficult situations. The prize is administered by the Agence France-Presse Foundation and the Webb family. Deadline: June 3.

Awards LatinLatin American Investigative Journalism Awards recognize exceptional investigative work in exposing crime and corruption by journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean. The awards are co-sponsored by the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) and Transparency International. Deadline: October 31.

Maria Moors Cabot Prize, administered by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, is given to journalists in the Western hemisphere who, through a distinguished body of work, have contributed to Inter-American understanding. Occasionally, the award is given to an organization. Deadline: March 16.

Norbert Zongo Investigative Journalism Prize is an award of excellence established in memory of the famous journalist and editor of the weekly newspaper, The Independent, who was murdered on December 13, 1998 in Burkina Faso. The award aims to promote the practice of investigative journalism, research, investigation on political, economic, social, cultural and other relevant topics. Open to professional journalists in Africa regularly employed in the media or collaborating with media in Africa. Deadline: May 3.

Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awardssopa awards 2 give tribute to editorial excellence in newspaper, magazines, wire services, and websites across the Asia-Pacific region. Prizes are awarded across 18 categories in English and Chinese, including investigative reporting. Deadline: February 25.

SAJA Journalism Awards are given for outstanding original reporting, including investigative reporting. Organized by the South Asian Journalists Association, the awards are open to journalists across all media who report about South Asia or the South Asian diaspora, or to journalists of South Asian origin working in North America. Deadline: varies. 

Awards PulitzerA Note on National Awards: We have not included the many prestigious awards given out at a national level or open only to media based in a single country. These include, for example, the Pulitzers, Selden Ring, Goldsmith, and Overseas Press Club prizes in the United States. For information on national awards, please check with local journalism associations.