Journos Compete for Cash

The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse U. is currently accepting entrants for the second Annual Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. The prize, which carries a $5,000 dollar reward, honors Robin Toner, the first woman to become national political correspondent for the NYT. It is rewarded for the best strictly political reporting in print, broadcast and online. Commentary pieces are not eligible. Last year, Craig Harris from The Arizona Republic won for his eight-part series on a broken public pension plan in the state.

You can submit a piece at the Toner Program’s website. Charlotte Grimes, Professor & Knight Chair in Political Reporting at Syracuse, tells FishbowlDC, “The winner is notified in late February, after all the judging. And the award is [given at a] ceremony at the Newhouse School on March 26.” So make your late winter plans accordingly. The deadline for submission is January 14.