Applications will be accepted only online and from editors or the contest coordinator designated by your news organization. Freelance entries may be submitted by freelancers, but a letter from an editor is still required.

Starting this year, the Awards will now have two categories: one for news organizations with a national or global audience and/or a newsroom with more than 100 editorial staff, and the other for organizations with a regional or local focus and/or a newsroom with 100 or fewer journalists. Each category will have a Gold, Silver, and Bronze winner. Gold awards come with a cash prize of US$3,000, Sliver with US$2,000, and Bronze with US$1,000.

In addition, there will be a new annual award: the Barlett & Steele Award for Outstanding Young Journalist. This award will recognize the work of a journalist under 30 years of age who demonstrates outstanding ability in investigative business reporting. One award will be given each year, and it will carry a US$3,000 cash prize.

Applicants must submit:

  • Contact information for the editor submitting the entry.
  • An editor's letter outlining any (a) obstacles in reporting, (b) reforms or impact after publication and (c) corrections or challenges to accuracy. It can be submitted as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.
  • Up to three articles for each individual entry, submitted as either an active URL or as an Adobe PDF. A sidebar counts as an article.

Entries for the 2022 award must have appeared in the year ending June 30, 2022. Each media outlet may submit no more than two entries per category (two for either the national or regional category and two for outstanding young journalist, for a total of four entries max per media outlet).

Application deadline: July 31, 2022
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