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Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting

* Due to to requests for additional time because of the 2016 election, the deadline for the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2016 Awards in Criminal Justice Reporting has been extended until 5 pm November 11.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Harry Frank Guggenheim Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. The annual $1,500 awards, sponsored by the nation’s pre-eminent academic institution on criminal justice, honor investigative, feature, analytical and enterprise journalism that has had a significant impact on public understanding of criminal justice issues. The awards will be presented in conjunction with the Harry F. Guggenheim Annual Symposium on Crime in America in February 2017. The Awards are administered by the Center on Media, Crime at John Jay, and judged by a panel of leading journalists and educators.

$1,500 AWARDS in Two Categories: Single Story and Series

ELIGIBILITY:  Story or stories must be published in a newspaper, magazine or online news outlet in the U.S. between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016. Broadcast reports are eligible if they contain a significant online dimension. They may be analytical, investigative pieces or reported commentary in special cases, the jury will consider a series of editorials. For any questions, please contact Wren Longno below.

CRITERIA:  Winning entries will be judged on presentation, relevance, content, originality and enterprise. (Multimedia entries are welcome, as is team reporting.) Special attention will be given to work that has had a demonstrable impact on policy either at the local, state or national levels.

SUBMISSIONS: Each submission must be accompanied by a $75 entry fee, and include a nominating letter from the Editor, Assignment Editor, or immediate superior introducing the work and describing if relevant any impact the project has had. Multiple submissions permitted from same outlet, but each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and relevant information, including an editor’s nominating letter; and if possible a description of any special enterprise or research conducted as part of the project.

DEADLINE: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:00 pm EST

(This application period is now closed, so we want to thank all the applicants!  Winners will be announced in January 2017).


The Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ) promotes quality reporting on criminal justice, and brings journalists together with scholars and practitioners to help broaden public understanding of the trends, problems and issues relating to crime and justice in 21st century society. CMCJ also runs www.thecrimereport.org, the nation’s most comprehensive criminal justice news and resource service.

An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. www.jjay.cuny.edu.

The H.F. Guggenheim Foundation sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression, and dominance. The foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students during the dissertation-writing year. For more information, visit www.hfg.org.


For full details on eligibility criteria and the entry form, and a list of past winners, please visit the Center’s website at: http://johnjayresearch.org/cmcj or contact Wren Longno, Deputy Director at wlongno@jjay.cuny.edu, 212.484.1175 or Ricardo Martinez, prize administrator at: rmartinez@jjay.cuny.edu, 646.557.4690.