Journalism Award Grants
Online Entries being Accepted for the First Time
Eligible works must be originally published or broadcast via print or
electronic media during the 2013 calendar year, and received by
Submitted works will be reviewed by a jury panel and evaluated based on the degree to which the theme is addressed, inspirational and educational value, relevance to the public discourse, and mastery of media format.
Past recipients of the award have been those which have gone above and beyond to uncover societal and political truths. Those winners include:
"The Wrath of Putin" (Vanity Fair) — A story masterfully
chronicling the clash between two titans, Russian President
Vladimir Putinand former wealthiest man in Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in a relationship which led to Khodorkovsky's almost decade-long imprisonment and the downfall of his empire. Masha Gessen'sdiligent reporting illuminates the bitter war between "one man's truth and another's tyranny."
A Darkness Visible:
Afghanistan(MediaStorm) — From the Soviet invasion and the mujahideen resistance to the Talibanand the American occupation, the film examines thirty years of Afghan history through the story of ordinary citizens whose lives play out in the shadow of superpowers. The Seamus Murphyfilm tells the story of the often overlooked people of the country, and their desire for self-determination.
"How a New Jobless Era will Transform America" (The Atlantic) —
A thought-provoking essay exploring the likely and lasting effects of
the recent Great Recession on American society, culture and politics.
Don Peck'sstory argues that although The Great Recession may be over, this era of high joblessness is probably just beginning.
"Congo Gold" (CBS "60 Minutes") — A video segment
chronicling the war-torn region of eastern Congo to investigate how
gold and other minerals are financing the deadliest war since
World War IIin the Democratic Republic of Congowhere more than five million have died. The investigation examines a rebel militia vying for control of these riches and how the international community's modest demand for tracing the origin of gold hinders attempts to put pressure on commercial trade.
Eligible media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, journals,
radio, television and websites, must be generally recognized in their
markets and accessible to a broad audience in
- Length: Print entries may not exceed 20,000 words. Electronic entries may not exceed 120 minutes.
- Language: All entries must be in English, or submitted with an English translation or with English subtitles.
- Examples: Eligible entries may include news reporting, feature coverage, investigative reporting, articles, essays, editorials, commentaries, documentaries and educational works.
- Programs produced and intended for general theatrical motion picture release are not eligible.
Deadline: Eligible works must be originally published or broadcast via
print or electronic media during the 2013 calendar year, and received
Liberty Mediano later than January 8, 2014.
The winner will be notified in
For more information on the Media for Liberty Award, including entry
forms, rules, judging criteria and the most recent and past honorees,
can be found at
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