National Press Club

Looking for the best consumer journalism by newspapers, periodicals and broadcasters

March 12, 2014 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

Some of the top competition in the National Press Club journalism contest is for best consumer journalism in the categories of newspapers, periodicals and broadcast.
The periodical competition includes magazines, journals, newsletters and online reporting, and broadcast spans network, syndicates, cable and broadcast TV and radio stations.

The prize for each category is a $750 award. The deadline for entries is April 1.

These awards recognize excellence in reporting on consumer topics, with a special emphasis on pieces that illuminate solutions or strategies that prompt action by consumers, the community, government or an individual.

Entries can be a single article or broadcast or a series of related articles or broadcasts that will be judged as a unit. If the entry is a continuing column, no more than five examples should be submitted. Include a letter detailing how the piece or series resulted in action by consumers, government, the community or an individual.

Last year, the Chicago Tribune won in the newspaper category for its investigation on toxic flame retardants in furniture. Bloomberg's Stephanie Armour, John Lippert and Michael Smith won in the periodical category for their thorough look at global food safety. PBS Frontline and the Center for Public Integrity won the broadcast award for their story "Dollars and Dentists," which looks at the profit motive in dental care for seniors using Medicaid.

The contest is open to Press Club members and non-members. Entry is free for press club members and $50 for non-members. For the first time, entries may be submitted online or by the more traditional use of mail. For more information, click here.

The Club's journalism contest also includes awards for news photos, breaking news, online reporting, regional reporting on Washington, international coverage and newsletter journalism. A group of awards will also be given for areas as diverse as the news industry, aerospace and the airline industry, problems facing the elderly, and humor writing.