Long Island University Invites Nominations for The George Polk Awards

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Long Island University in New York, in the United States, is inviting nominations from journalists around the world for The George Polk Awards for exceptional long-form investigative or enterprise journalism. The Award will choose winners from newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news organizations. Awards judges place a premium on investigative work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results.

The Award will choose winners from newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news organizations. Awards judges place a premium on investigative work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results.

Applicants must submit articles that is not less than 5,000 words in length and represent highly distinguished, deep coverage of armed conflicts; local, state or Federal government corruption; military injustice; war crimes, genocide or sedition; or authoritarian government abuses and it must have appeared in U.S. media.

Stories published or presented in 2022 are eligible for submission.

Categories vary from year to year, but customarily, awards are given in foreign, national and local reporting (in print and broadcasting), business and environmental reporting and photojournalism categories. Electronic journalism, documentary films and books based on investigative reporting or dealing specifically with the field of journalism also may be considered.

While the journalists or media outlet do not have to be American, all entries must be in English (no translations). There is an entry fee of $75 per entry, payable by credit card only. Entries should be submitted by category – foreign, national, etc. but these categories are by no means binding.

Application should include a cover letter that spells out what makes the work prizeworthy. It may include information on the genesis of the story, how it was done, the impact it had and other relevant information. If the work beat the competition, that should be detailed. Conversely, if the work was seriously challenged, that should also be noted.

The Polks prefer to honor individuals whenever appropriate as it looks to the cover letter for guidance, so the letter should cite by name those whose work was essential to the project. The letter may express a preference for a staff award or cite several individuals plus “staff.”

All submissions must be made electronically and any applicant who experiences any technical difficulties using the online nomination form should please send an email to justin.fusco@liu.edu. For all other non-technical questions or to request more information, applicants should please contact ralph.engelman@liu.edu.

To nominate, please first create an account. Applications close on January 9, 2023.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://liu.edu/polk.