How to Apply

Selection Criteria
  • The Christopher J. Georges Award competition is open to all student reporters from colleges that participate in the Georges Collegiate Weekend, which is held annually at the Nieman Foundation.

  • Each school may submit one entry, which may be either a single story or series. Each submission should represent in-depth reporting on a policy issue of importance affecting the campus, community, or beyond. Particular attention should be paid to delving beneath the surface of the story and presenting all sides of its complexities with fairness and accuracy.

  • The article should also reflect the principles of the journalist the award is named for, Christopher J. Georges.

  • Any article/series written and published in the period January 1, 2012 - March 1, 2013 may be submitted for consideration.

All applications must be received online or postmarked no later than Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Apply online or send entries to:
Christopher J. Georges Award
ATTN: Ellen Tuttle
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
One Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Award Details
The award amount in 2013 will be $1,000 for each principal reporter, with an additional $500 for the principal editor of the winning piece.

If the winning entry is co-authored by more than two reporters, the total  award amount will be capped at $2,500, to be shared equally among the winning reporters and editors if the labor was equally shared.

If there are several strong contenders for the award, a runner-up prize may be issued in the amount of $500.

The winners of the award are expected to attend the Georges Collegiate Weekend at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard to receive the award and in accepting, will talk briefly about the winning piece and the effort that went into it. The 2013 conference will take place April 12-13, 2013.

The winning entry may be posted on the Nieman website and/or published in other Nieman Foundation publications.

If you don't apply online, mailed applications should include the following information:
  • Four original copies (tear sheets) of the submission or printouts of the submission from the newspaper's website

  • College newspaper name

  • Reporter’s name, class year, school addresses, telephone number, email address

  • Editor’s name, class year, school addresses, telephone number, email address

  • Brief biographical sketches of the reporter(s) and editor (200 words, max.)

  • Title, publication date and short description of article(s) submitted (300 words, max.)
  • A statement explaining how the entry fulfills the award requirement to “represent in-depth reporting on a policy issue of importance affecting the campus, community, or beyond” and emulates the journalism of Christopher J. Georges. Feel free to include any relevant background information such as a description of the reporting effort involved including obstacles overcome in obtaining information as well as the impact of the article(s).