National Press Club

Contest award honors best journalism about elderly

March 18, 2014 | By Lisa Friedman

From exploring the ravages of Alzheimer's to investigating scams perpetrated against the elderly, the Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics rewards top reporting on aging.

Named after Joseph D. Ryle, a longtime National Press Club member, the $750 award honors excellence and objectivity in coverage of the problems faced by the elderly. Last year's winner exposed the use of anti-psychotic drugs in nursing homes. Other pieces that have won the Ryle award in recent years include a series on hospice care and a hidden-camera investigation of insurance agents training new recruits to take advantage of the elderly.

To apply, please submit one article or a series of no more than 5 articles on a consistent topic that appeared in either broadcast, general circulation newspaper or online journalism site in 2014.

The deadline to submit entries is April 1, and the contest is open to Press Club members and non-members. Offering entries is free for NPC members, and costs $50 for non-members.
For the first time entries may be submitted online or mail in your entries. For more information, click on this.