2016 Barlett & Steele Awards Contest Open for Entries

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Journalists are invited to enter their work in the 2016 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, administered by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Journalists are invited to enter their work in the 2016 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

The awards contest, administered by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, annually honors the best investigative business reporting in the country. The contest is named for the renowned investigative reporting team of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, whose numerous awards include two Pulitzer Prizes.

Gold, silver and bronze winners receive cash awards of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

The Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Palm Beach Post won the top awards in 2015. “Seafood from Slaves” by the AP’s Robin McDowell, Margie Mason, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in April.

“Money and the economy are increasingly important topics to readers and viewers, and we want to encourage and recognize media organizations that tackle those subjects in meaningful and creative ways,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center. Leckey said many of the best business investigations combine the traditional tools of investigative reporting, such as data analysis and public records, with compelling storytelling.

Entries for this year’s contest must have been published between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Editors or contest coordinators of media outlets may submit up to two entries, each containing up to four articles. The entry deadline is Aug. 1, 2016.

Entry rules and a link to the application are available at http://businessjournalism.org/barlett-steele-awards/.

The deadline to enter this year’s competition is Aug. 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

About Barlett and Steele

Don Barlett and Jim Steele have worked together for more than three decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer (1971-1997), where they won two Pulitzer Prizes and scores of other national journalism awards, then at Time magazine (1997-2006), where they earned two National Magazine Awards, becoming the first journalists in history to win both the Pulitzer and its magazine equivalent. They are now contributing editors at Vanity Fair. The Washington Journalism Review said of Barlett and Steele: “They are almost certainly the best team in the history of investigative reporting.”

About the Reynolds Center

The Reynolds Center is part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. Since 2003, more than 22,000 journalists have benefitted from the Reynolds Center’s free training. The center’s mission is to help journalists improve business coverage through in-person and online training and its website, BusinessJournalism.org.

The center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $145 million nationwide through its journalism program.

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