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NYU Journalism Institute Launches “The Reporting Award” for Coverage of Underreported Topics in the Public Interest

November 13, 2009
N-138, 2009-10

New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has established “The Reporting Award” to support a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects of public interest.

“Rather than merely recognizing outstanding journalism, NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute will be a force behind bringing it to life,” said Brooke Kroeger, the institute’s director. “Shrinking newsrooms have diminished the ability of news organizations to conduct the vital public affairs reporting that was once commonplace. Especially now, as resources become far too scarce, the nation’s academic journalism programs can and should play a significant role in bolstering the reporting of topics of enormous public interest. This is our contribution.”

Starting this year, a selection committee will choose one recipient based on an application, due by December 31, 2009 that that clearly delineates the proposed project and its completion timeline. The recipient will be announced January 31, 2010 and the project submission deadline is no later than August 31, 2010. Details and the online application form are available here. For more information, email

The award includes a stipend of $2,500 upon selection as the competition winner and an additional $10,000 upon timely completion and submission of the work, provided the Institute’s awards committee judges the work acceptable. The winner will also have use of the Institute’s facilities as well as NYU’s libraries and other scholarly resources. In addition, the program will fund up to $6,000 of NYU journalism graduate student assistance. The Institute will publish the completed work either alone or in partnership with another media outlet.

The Reporting Award is the latest Carter Journalism Institute initiative to expand the journalistic enterprise. This fall, it launched two new graduate study opportunities: “Literary Reportage,” which blends journalism’s emphasis on rigorous reporting and research with traditional academic disciplines in teaching long-form nonfiction, and “Studio 20,” in which students work in partnership with established media outlets to develop innovative video, audio, and experimental web-based journalism intended for a live public beyond campus. These two concentrations bring to 10 the Institute’s graduate offerings, which include Science, Health and Environmental Reporting, Cultural Reporting and Criticism, Business and Economic Reporting, Global and Joint Program Studies, Reporting New York, Reporting the Nation, News and Documentary and Magazine Writing. This year, the Institute added joint masters degree programs in Africana Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies and International Relations to its Global and Joint Program Studies graduate group of programs.

For more on the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, go to

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