National Press Club

Club award looks for the best political coverage by young journalists

March 5, 2014 | By Will Lester |

The Sandy Hume award, named for The Hill reporter who broke the story of the aborted 1997 coup against House Speaker Newt Gingrich, honors excellence and objectivity in political coverage in print or online publications by journalists under 35. Entrants must demonstrate analytical excellence and a clear knowledge of political issues and personalities.

Last year’s award in the National Press Club's Journalism Contest went to Molly Ball of The Atlantic for her in-depth coverage of the 2012 election, from the impacts of Obamacare to the controversy over marriage equality. Entries should be one article or a series of no more than five articles on a single topic. A letter describing how the reporting was done is encouraged. Supplemental material should be clearly marked, and passwords are required if needed to access online material.

Remember: applicants must be under 34 years old or younger at the time the entry was published. Each entrant’s date of birth must be included.

The deadline to submit entries is April 1, and the contest is open to Press Club members and non-members. Non-members must pay a $50 entry fee; entries are free for members.

The National Press Club is pleased to announce that entries may now be submitted online. Applicants may still apply by mail if they wish. The prize is $750.

For more information, go here.