NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is accepting applications for “The Reporting Award,” which supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects of public interest.
The Carter Institute initiated the award in 2009 to encourage enterprising journalism at a time when staff and budget cuts have diminished the capacity of the media to support such projects.
A committee of Carter Institute faculty will select up to two recipients based on an application due February 19, 2014. The recipient(s) will be announced in early April 2014, with the project completion deadline set for November 1, 2014. Details and the online application form are available here. For more information, email email@example.com or call 212.998.7887.
The award includes a stipend of $2,500 upon selection as a competition winner and an additional amount, up to $10,000 (the exact amount is by prior agreement), upon timely completion and submission of the work, provided the Institute’s awards committee judges the work acceptable.
The inaugural recipient of the award was Sarah Stillman, a freelance journalist who traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to investigate the difficulties experienced by many civilian workers on U.S. military bases. Stillman’s piece, “The Invisible Army,” appeared in the June 6, 2011 issue of the New Yorker. It won the National Magazine Award in the category of “Public Interest” and the Overseas Press Club’s Joe and Laurie Dine Award for International Human Rights Reporting, among other honors.
In 2013, for the first time, two prizes were awarded. Seth Freed Wessler is reporting on mental health issues that affect families, focusing on the treatment by state social services of mothers and fathers with psychiatric disabilities. Liza Gross is combining data-driven reporting techniques with in-depth community interviews to delve deeply into the social, economic, and health effects suffered by California farm workers due to exposure to pollutants both in the fields and their homes.
For more on the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, go to journalism.nyu.edu.