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11th Annual John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting


Applicants can enter submissions for either the single story category, or a series (two or more related pieces), in a newspaper, magazine or online news outlet. Radio reporters can submit if the story was also published online.  Applicants must choose only one category. Dual entries from the same journalist(s) not accepted.

Work must be published in the U.S. between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. The story or series must focus on an issue or issues related to some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Work with overseas dimensions can qualify, providing there is a strong U.S. angle (i.e., international sex trafficking to the U.S.).

Entries must be submitted online as a .PDF scan or Word document  or link to the original published material. 

All entries must be accompanied by a letter from Assigning Editor or Senior Editor (on publication letterhead), containing a brief explanation of the genesis of the piece and its subsequent impact at either the local, state or national level.

The prize rewards the year’s best analytical, investigative and enterprise/feature work on criminal justice; spot news coverage can qualify if it demonstrates these qualities.

Final deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm (EST), Nov 8, 2015. No entries accepted after that time.

There is an entry fee of $75.
Online Form – 11th Annual Award in CJR

Winners will each receive $1,000 prizes and award plaques, to be awarded at the annual Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in February, 2016.

 Questions? Contact Deputy Director Wren Longno 212.484.1175  wlongno@jjay.cuny.edu