2022 Toner Prizes for Excellence in National or Local Political Reporting is now accepting entries

Entries for the Toner Prizes for Excellence in National or Local Political Reporting for 2021 coverage are now being accepted. Deadline for entering is Jan. 17, 2022.

The Toner Prizes, hosted by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, go to the best U.S. political reporting on any platform – print, broadcast or online.

A Toner Prize for local political reporting carries a $5,000 honorarium.

The Toner Prizes go to the best U.S. political reporting on any platform – print, broadcast or online. We award two Toner Prizes, one for national political reporting and one for local political reporting. Each carries a $5,000 honorarium.

Entries must be fact-based reporting, not commentary. Single articles or a body of work are eligible. Each entry is limited to five stories. A news organization may enter more than one reporter or team. But the same reporter or team can be entered only once. Reporters may enter their own work, up to five stories for the entry. A reporter can enter only once. There is no entry fee.

The work must have been reported and published, posted or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. Books are ineligible.

The Toner Prizes honor the legacy of the late Robin Toner, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times and a Syracuse University alumna. Entries will be judged on how well they reflect the high standards and depth of reporting that marked Robin Toner’s work. In particular, the judges will look for how well the entries:

  • Illuminate the electoral process, with a special focus on coverage of candidates, campaigns and elections; or
  • Reveal the politics of policy and
  • Engage the public in democracy.

For more information, contact Charlotte Grimes at cgrimes@syr.edu.

Apply here.

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