National Press Club

Best young journalists recognized with the Sandy Hume Memorial Award

February 16, 2018 | By Will Lester |

The National Press Club wants to recognize the best young journalists for outstanding political reporting and writing.

The Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism shines a spotlight on the best such work in 2017. The Club’s annual journalism contest offers the Hume award among many on topics ranging from politics to online journalism to foreign coverage.

The award is named for The Hill reporter who broke the story of the aborted 1997 coup against House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It honors excellence and objectivity in political coverage in print or online publications. Entrants, who must be 34 and under at the time the entry is published, must demonstrate analytical excellence and a clear knowledge of political issues and personalities.

Entries should be one article or a series of no more than 5 articles on a single topic from 2017. A letter describing how the reporting was done is encouraged. Supplemental material should be clearly marked, and passwords are required in needed to access online material. Each entrant’s date of birth must be included. The deadline to submit entries is April 1. Non-members must pay a $50 entry fee; entries are free for members.

Remember that entries may now be submitted online. Applicants may still apply by mail if they wish. The prize is $750. The winner will be honored at an awards dinner at the Club this summer.