White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship


Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be an AAJA student member
  • Must be a current college student enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • School transcript
  • Proof of identification
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Work samples
  • A brief statement explaining financial need
  • Answers to the following questions:
    • Describe any involvement or interest you have in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. If you were awarded an AAJA scholarship, propose how you would contribute to the field of journalism and media issues involving the AAPI community.
    • In 500 words, what do you hope to gain from a mentorship with a White House press corps member?
    • If you could ask any question at a White House Press briefing, what would you ask and why?

To learn more, visit our website

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Extended to January 20, 11:59pm PST. 

Application Information:

High school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with a strong interest in journalism, broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism or online media are encouraged to apply. Students selected for the program have all costs covered, including airfare, campus housing and meals. 

DEADLINE: March 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Application Materials:

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Student Essays (250 words or less): A) If you were to start an interview-based podcast or YouTube series, what would your theme be and why? Who are 3-5 people you would want to talk with? B) What makes you uniquely qualified to be selected for JCamp?
  • Optional Essay: What are challenges you have faced the past couple years (not limited to scholastic challenges, but could be personal, professional, athletic or anything else), and how have or are you working to overcome those obstacles?
  • Work Samples (not required)
  • Introduction Video (not required)

About JCamp: 

AAJA’s JCamp is a national multicultural journalism program for high school students. The six-day training camp brings together culturally diverse students from across the nation to learn from veteran journalists and leading media executives. JCamp participants will receive hands-on training and produce multiplatform news packages for the program’s news site, JCamp Live. Since 2001, over 700 high school students have graduated from JCamp. Every year, AAJA receives hundreds of applications from all regions of the country. To learn more about JCamp, visit our website.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in business, economic, consumer, and technology coverage.


Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.

There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in business, economic, consumer, and technology coverage.


Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.

There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in scientific, environmental, or health-related journalism.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.

There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in scientific, environmental, or health-related journalism.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors best-in-class sports journalism, including but not limited to breaking news, game coverage or analysis, athlete profiles and features, and investigations.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website..

This award honors best-in-class sports journalism, including but not limited to breaking news, game coverage or analysis, athlete profiles and features, and investigations.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in arts, culture, and entertainment journalism, including but not limited to features, investigations, profiles, and reviews.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in arts, culture, and entertainment journalism, including but not limited to features, investigations, profiles, and reviews.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in opinions, editorials, essays, and writings with distinct points of view.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in opinions, editorials, essays, and writings with distinct points of view.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors journalism that illuminates the complexity and humanity of Indigenous Pacific Islander communities and experiences. Submissions to this category must center Pacific Islander stories. This award specifically recognizes PI journalism but it is not the only category that PI-centered stories can be submitted to; such stories can be submitted to any other category that it is eligible for. In the spirit of PI inclusion, NAJA members may also submit PI journalism for consideration.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA or NAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors journalism that illuminates the complexity and humanity of Indigenous Pacific Islander communities and experiences. Submissions to this category must center Pacific Islander stories. This award specifically recognizes PI journalism but it is not the only category that PI-centered stories can be submitted to; such stories can be submitted to any other category that it is eligible for. In the spirit of PI inclusion, NAJA members may also submit PI journalism for consideration.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA or NAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

The AAJA International Reporting Award recognizes the finest international reporting by our members. Eligible entries must be published in English. We accept submissions in all media formats. They can be a single story or a series of stories in a reporting project in any media format.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

The AAJA International Reporting Award recognizes the finest international reporting by our members. Eligible entries must be published in English. We accept submissions in all media formats. They can be a single story or a series of stories in a reporting project in any media format.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in investigative journalism, with a focus on storytelling and impact. This award is open to all mediums, including single pieces of journalism or multi-part series.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in investigative journalism, with a focus on storytelling and impact. This award is open to all mediums, including single pieces of journalism or multi-part series.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST


General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in immersive or interactive storytelling through the creative use of web design and back-end coding.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in immersive or interactive storytelling through the creative use of web design and back-end coding.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

The excellence in political reporting award recognizes outstanding journalism about elections, the elections process, campaigns, candidates and beyond at the local, state or national level. Pieces will be gauged based on their level of depth and impact. Work that shows significance to the AAPI community is highly encouraged but not required. Submissions are open to outlets of any size.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

The excellence in political reporting award recognizes outstanding journalism about elections, the elections process, campaigns, candidates and beyond at the local, state or national level. Pieces will be gauged based on their level of depth and impact. Work that shows significance to the AAPI community is highly encouraged but not required. Submissions are open to outlets of any size.

Eligibility and Rules Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors outstanding journalism that centers data. This could include a story inspired by data, or one that prominently features data or data visualizations.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors outstanding journalism that centers data. This could include a story inspired by data, or one that prominently features data or data visualizations.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in planning and executing an audience engagement campaign. This could include outreach before writing a story — for instance, crowdsourcing ideas — to promotion of a story or series after it's published. Engagement can include various formats, ranging from social media posts to texting campaigns or virtual events.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in planning and executing an audience engagement campaign. This could include outreach before writing a story — for instance, crowdsourcing ideas — to promotion of a story or series after it's published. Engagement can include various formats, ranging from social media posts to texting campaigns or virtual events.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student Awards Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student Awards Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student Awards Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in audience engagement, data journalism and immersive storytelling by students (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral). 

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student awards eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in audience engagement, data journalism and immersive storytelling by students (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral).

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student awards eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in video storytelling of a single video piece produced by students not exceeding 30 minutes in total run time. Submissions are open to current and recent high school and college students and the work must have been produced while the creator was in school. Video pieces produced for student publications and professional outlets are eligible. This category is open to news and feature submissions. Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student Awards Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in video storytelling of a single video piece produced by students not exceeding 30 minutes in total run time. Submissions are open to current and recent high school and college students and the work must have been produced while the creator was in school. Video pieces produced for student publications and professional outlets are eligible. This category is open to news and feature submissions.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student Awards Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student Awards Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

Student Awards Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university at the time of producing the work
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in long-form video and newscast storytelling exceeding 10 minutes in total run time. Submissions are open to standalone packages, documentaries, newscasts, and specials. Eligible pieces must have aired (or published) on professional video-based outlets, including but not limited to commercial or public broadcast TV stations, cable channels, digital platforms, and streaming services. Documentaries that have not aired or been published but have been selected for screening at a competitive film festival are eligible. This category is open to both news and feature submissions. Package series and talent compilation reels will not be considered for this award.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in long-form video and newscast storytelling exceeding 10 minutes in total run time. Submissions are open to standalone packages, documentaries, newscasts, and specials. Eligible pieces must have aired (or published) on professional video-based outlets, including but not limited to commercial or public broadcast TV stations, cable channels, digital platforms, and streaming services. Documentaries that have not aired or been published but have been selected for screening at a competitive film festival are eligible. This category is open to both news and feature submissions. Package series and talent compilation reels will not be considered for this award.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in video storytelling of a single video piece or segment not exceeding 10 minutes in total run time. Eligible pieces must have aired (or published) on professional video-based outlets, including but not limited to commercial or public broadcast TV stations, cable channels, digital platforms, and streaming services. News and feature submissions are eligible. Package series and talent compilation reels will not be considered for this award. 

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

This award honors excellence in video storytelling of a single video piece or segment not exceeding 10 minutes in total run time. Eligible pieces must have aired (or published) on professional video-based outlets, including but not limited to commercial or public broadcast TV stations, cable channels, digital platforms, and streaming services. News and feature submissions are eligible. Package series and talent compilation reels will not be considered for this award.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories).
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2021 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2020 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • Entries that are eligible for the 2022 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2021 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published)
  • DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories
  • Entries can only be submitted to one award category. See entry form for other details.
  • An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry.
  • Multiple entries per journalist or team are accepted, but each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fees.
  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

  • A junior or senior currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking at least one class or a graduate, in the last six months, from an accredited college or university
  • Active AAJA student member
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Previous internship experience, either print or broadcast
  • Some experience related to social media
  • Must be eligible to work in the US

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • A 150-200 word statement that explains why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and what you hope to gain from an internship at ABC News
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Recent transcript
  • Work samples

AAJA will review applications and submit them to ABC News. To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE: 

The application deadline is 11:59 PST on February 28, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

A young sports broadcast journalist who has less than three years of professional experience will receive $2,000 to support their career pursuits in honor of Michael Kim, the godfather of AAJA’s Sports Task Force and a pioneer for Asian Americans in sports broadcast journalism. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and a yearly donation by Michael Kim.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.

To learn more about Michael Kim, the AAJA Sports Task Force, and this scholarship, visit our website.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants must work in the broadcast sports industry in some form, either as on-camera talent or behind-the-scenes producer.
  • Applicants must be within three years of college graduation and/or in their first television market.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need. 
  • The selected scholarship recipient must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.

DEADLINE

The application deadline is 11:59 PST on January 31, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit http://sportstaskforce.com/.


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The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is seeking two Deputy Directors for the 2022-23 VOICES cohort.

AAJA’s Voices program is a rare opportunity for college students to develop reporting and leadership skills under the tutelage of industry professionals. A cohort of 15-17 students participate in a series of trainings and leadership sessions that will include interactive online courses, and are assigned stories covering the journalism industry and AAPI communities.  

As a Deputy Director, you will have the opportunity to direct the VOICES signature program with co-leads and AAJA internal staff with the following responsibilities:

  • To mentor and guide Voices program participants on their summer projects.
  • To help organize and facilitate training and networking opportunities for Voices students.
  • To support Voices directors in other tasks related to carrying out the Voices program, including, but not limited to, application reviews, strategic planning, and outreach.
  • To provide encouragement, information, advice, and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.
  • To provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access.
  • To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists and advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.
  • To research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.

Applications

Applications to be part of the 2022 Mentor Match cohort are now open, for both mentors and mentees to apply! Mentee applications will close on January 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST[a]Mentor applications will close on January 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

By early February, mentee applicants will be invited to self-select top mentors of their choice. Final matches will be ideally notified by the end of February, when a first conference call will be held.

Mentors and mentees must have a paid, active AAJA membership to participate in the program. To be an eligible candidate, become an AAJA member here.

Applications

Applications to be part of the 2022 Mentor Match cohort are now open, for both mentors and mentees to apply! Mentee applications will close on January 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST[a]Mentor applications will close on January 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

By early February, mentee applicants will be invited to self-select top mentors of their choice. Final matches will be ideally notified by the end of February, when a first conference call will be held.

Mentors and mentees must have a paid, active AAJA membership to participate in the program. To be an eligible candidate, become an AAJA member here.

AAJA and Facebook have partnered up to offer the Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship, which offers financial assistance for students pursuing a career in journalism and media. AAJA will award five scholarships of $10,000 each for students to use toward their college tuition. Candidates will be judged on the basis of demonstrated journalistic ability and commitment to the field of journalism.

Questions? Email support@aaja.org


Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be an AAJA member who is committed to AAJA’s mission.
  • Currently enrolled juniors, seniors, or graduate students at an accredited university or college in the United States or one of its territories.
    • Please note: graduate students and undergraduate students will be judged separately
  • Pursuing a degree in digital media, journalism, or communications
  • Display a commitment to storytelling as demonstrated by completed coursework, clips/work samples and letters of recommendation
  • Must owe more than $10,000 to their university/college or student loan provider, with an outstanding balance owed at the time of application or an anticipated balance owed within the next year.
  • May not apply for more than one Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship (i.e., similar Facebook Journalism Project scholarships offered by NAHJ, NAJA, or NLGJA).

Application Requirements

  • Proof of current enrollment
  • Recent transcript
  • 3 – 5 work samples
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor or internship supervisor familiar with your work and who can attest to your career commitment
  • Personal statement demonstrating your commitment to AAJA’s mission and the field of journalism
  • Brief statement of financial need

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.


DEADLINE
The application deadline is 11:59 PST on February 28, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

The Asian American Journalists Association is pleased to announce our continued partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal for the NBC News Summer Fellows Program!

The AAJA/NBC News Summer Fellowship gives students real world experience and exposure to one of the world's leading News divisions, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. NBCUniversal will offer fellows the opportunity to join one of the following NBC programs or platforms for summer 2022 as interns:

  • America's #1 morning news program, The Today Show
  • The top ranked evening program, Nightly News with Lester Holt
  • Our primetime long form news program, Dateline
  • Our 24 cable news channel, MSNBC
  • Our top rated business news cable channel, CNBC
  • Our digital organization, including NBC News Now

The fellows selected will receive $16.50 an hour, plus overtime (over 40 hours per week) for 10 weeks during the summer. NBCUniversal will offer a $2,000 housing or technology stipend. The housing stipend is available for candidates who reside outside a 50 mi. radius from our Tri-State Area offices. The stipend will be provided for technology upgrades should we hold remote internships (see below note regarding COVID-19).

Production experience is preferred, but not required.

All the internships are located in 30 Rockefeller Center, with the exception of the placements at CNBC, which are located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Transportation is provided to Englewood Cliffs, NJ from various location in Manhattan and Brooklyn (see below note regarding COVID-19).

The official start date of the program is Monday, June 6, 2022. If your academic schedule impedes your ability to start on this date, alternatives can be discussed.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • Students must be willing to live in New York City or its environs for the duration of the internship. (see below note regarding COVID-19).
  • Must be enrolled full-time at a U.S. college or university
  • Must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student
  • Must major in journalism or a communications discipline
  • GPA of 3.0 or above is desired
  • Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US without holding a VISA or sponsorship
  • Recent graduates will not be considered.

Application Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Essay Question: In 150-200 words, state why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and what you hope to gain from the internship experience.
  • School Transcript
  • 1 Letter of Reference

COVID 19: During this time, we ask that all applicants bear with us as we determine the best avenue for hosting Summer Fellows this upcoming Summer. We are awaiting information and developments about the state of the pandemic that will enable us to decide whether the internship will be held remotely or in person at our offices in 30 Rockefeller Plaza or at Englewood Cliffs. We will continue to keep applicants posted as we make decisions about our Summer programs.


To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE
The application deadline is 11:59 PST on February 28, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

This internship grant awards $2,000 to college juniors, seniors and graduate students who have secured an internship at a news outlet. Students from the Pacific Northwest or who attend a Northwest college or university are especially encouraged to apply, though a Northwest connection alone does not determine who receives a grant. Applicants who will be interning at small to medium sized outlets will receive priority.


Eligibility and Rules

  • Currently enrolled full time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university
  • Must have secured a summer internship before applying for the internship grant. The stipend must be used for living expenses and/or transportation during your internship and may not be used for any college expenses. Grantees will be required to sign an agreement acknowledging this.
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • AAJA student membership is strongly encouraged for all applicants, but not required to apply. Those selected to receive grants will be required to sign up for AAJA student membership.


Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your summer internship
  • A brief statement describing your financial need
  • In 500 words or less, answer these questions: What kind of experience do you expect as an intern. Describe your career goals and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.


DEADLINE

The application deadline is 11:59 PST on April 8, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

This grant supports AAPIs pursuing journalism careers in print or digital news who have secured students who have secured a summer internship. The $2,000 grant is to defray living costs during the internship.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Must be committed to AAJA’s mission
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing print or digital journalism as a career
  • Must have already secured a summer internship at a print or digital news outlet before applying
  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • This stipend must be used toward living and transportation expenses during the internship. The selected candidate will sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging this.


Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your internship
  • A brief statement of financial need
  • Answer the following question: In 500 words or less, state why you want to pursue a career in print or digital journalism, what you hope to gain from your internship experience, and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.


DEADLINE
The application deadline is 11:59 PST on April 8, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

The AAJA Sports Task Force is pleased to offer a scholarship of up to $2,000 to current college students interested in pursuing sports journalism/media as a career.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories
  • Must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing a career in sports journalism
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • The scholarship recipient must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.
  • Recipients must use the scholarship funds for expenses that directly support or advance their education, such as tuition, textbooks, equipment, and room and board, for an upcoming semester. Recipients must follow up with the Sports Task Force within 60 days of receiving the scholarship to identify how they spent the money
  • Within a year of receiving the scholarship money, winners will be required to present to AAJA how the scholarship helped them pursue their journalism career. This can be through an essay, a video, photo, journal, etc.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Journalistic work samples
  • A brief statement of financial need
  • Contact information for two references. An essay of no more than 1000 words that explains why you want to pursue sports journalism and how the financial support of this scholarship would help your long-term career goals. The essay should also answer all of the following questions:
  1. What role or responsibility do journalists of color have in a modern press box and how do you plan to fulfill that responsibility?
  2. What makes you a standout sports journalism student and how do you plan to continue growing as a journalist?
  3. What is one issue important to Asian Americans in sports that is poorly covered or not covered at all and would you fix this problem?


To learn more about Al Young, AAJA, and the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit our website.

DEADLINE


The application deadline is 11:59 PST on January 31, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit http://sportstaskforce.com/.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be a graduating high school senior who will be attending community college, junior college, college or university in the fall. The student must plan on taking journalism courses or pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Must be committed to AAJA's mission
  • Must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career, and a commitment to community involvement.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Work samples (optional)
  • Brief statement of financial need
  • In 500 words or less, answer this question: Describe any involvement or interest you have in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. If you were awarded an AAJA scholarship, propose how you would contribute to the field of journalism and media issues involving AAPI communities.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website

DEADLINE

The application deadline is 11:59 PST on February 28, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

This scholarship awards $5,000 to a graduate student pursuing journalism as a career from the CIC/Anna Chennault Foundation.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Current AAJA membership
  • Must be a graduate student currently enrolled full time at a college or university in the United States or one of its territories
  • Must be committed to AAJA’s mission

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • An official college/university transcript
  • A statement justifying financial need
  • A letter of recommendation from a professional  who is familiar with your academic and/or journalism work
  • Work samples
  • An answer to this question:
    • Describe any involvement or interest you have in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. If you were awarded an AAJA scholarship, how would you contribute to the field of journalism and media issues involving the AAPI community?
  • An original piece of journalism that addresses a prompt in the application. 


To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.


DEADLINE TO APPLY

The application deadline is 11:59 PST on February 28, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

This scholarship awards $1,500 to a student journalist for an insightful and articulate essay related to Vincent Chin’s life, death and legacy.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be a current AAJA student member
  • Demonstrate a commitment to AAJA’s mission in the answer to the essay question
  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories
  • Must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career
  • Applicants must demonstrate the following:
    • journalistic excellence by submitting current works (digital, photography, video/audio), and
    • a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career
    • a commitment to community involvement.


Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Work samples
  • Brief statement outlining financial need
  • Answer one of the following essay questions:
  1. Could it happen again? The attack on Vincent Chin occurred during a time in which Asians, specifically Japanese, were blamed for U.S. unemployment. People literally bashed Japanese cars with sledgehammers. Video and photos of such acts were shown in the news media. Few people connected them to potential attacks on real people. Does symbolic violence make it more acceptable to attack people? Does this climate exist against other people today? What can be done?
  2. How are Asian Americans one people? Asian Americans overcame many differences in rallying together to seek justice after Vincent Chin’s killing. They came from different cultures and language backgrounds. They brought histories of being foes as often as being allies. In the Detroit area, though, they decided that an attack on a Chinese American man, assumed to be Japanese, was a danger and an injustice to all. They united in protest. Some call this the start of a pan-Asian consciousness in the United States. How does life in the United States make people from so many nationalities one group?
  3. Protest or conform? Some Asian Americans were reluctant to join the Vincent Chin cause. They had been pursuing success by getting along in the mainstream. Some had been acculturated to not make trouble or call attention to themselves. Yet a group of people began writing letters, visiting the media and protesting in the streets. This question about whether to protest or conform comes to every one of us. Although the stakes are not as high as justice over the death of a young man, we are all confronted at work or in other groups to decide: When and how do you make a stand?
  4. Who was Lily Chin? The Vincent Chin trials paint the portrait of a mother in anguish. We frequently ask who was Vincent Chin or who killed him. The emergence of his mother as a strong voice is a compelling story too. Describe her life and her legacy.


To find more information about the scholarship and about Vincent Chin, visit our website.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

The application deadline is 11:59 PST on February 28, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.


 The AAJA Sports Task Force offers This grant awards $1,500 to those who are pursuing a career in sports journalism and media. 

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be a current AAJA member.
  • Applicants must fall into one of the following categories:
    • Category 1: Not attending college/university, but actively working towards becoming a sports journalist.
    • Category 2: Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories. Must be currently taking or planning on taking journalism courses and/or pursuing a sports journalism career.
    • Category 3: A young professional who graduated within the last five years from a community college, junior college or university in the United States or one of its territories. Must be currently and actively pursuing a career in sports journalism

Please note: graduate students and young professionals will be judged against each other, while undergraduate students and those not attending college/university will be judged against each other.

  • Grant recipients must follow through with their story pitches and commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.

Story Pitch Guidelines

  • Applicants must pitch a story they can realistically produce with their resources and time.
  • Unique stories that shine a light on Asians and/or AAPIs in sports are highly preferred.
  • Pitches can include stories that are local, regional, national or international.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Journalistic work samples
  • Contact information for two references
  • A story pitch, of no more than 700 words, that includes the following:
  1. Describe in detail the story you would produce, including the medium (print, digital, audio or visual story) and whether it's local, regional or national.
  2. Tell us how you would realistically go about pursuing the story, and how this would humanize Asian Americans in sports.
  3. Explain how this financial support and published story would help advance your sports journalism career.

The scholarships are made possible thanks to a donation made by Don Yee (of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.). Find out more about the AAJA Sports Task Force at www.sportstaskforce.com.

DEADLINE

The application deadline is 11:59 PST on January 31, 2022. Questions? Email support@aaja.org. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit http://sportstaskforce.com/.

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