The Jennings Prize
THE JENNINGS PRIZE is an annual $5000 award given for exceptional journalism that demonstrates the United States Constitution’s centrality to American identity and life.
In keeping with the spirit and mission of the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, the works entered need not be limited to legal journalism. Rather, PJP seeks to celebrate any journalism that helps the public appreciate and better understand the role the Constitution plays in 21st century American life. Entrants should take note of the theme of the Peter Jennings Project: “The Constitution in Our Midst,” which highlights the ways in which the Constitution exhibits itself to us in the here and now.
The prize is open to all working journalists. Submissions from traditional print media, as well as presentations on television, radio and the Internet are eligible. The work can be authored by an individual or by a group. The award can be given to a single piece of work, or for a series of work, but the work must have been published or aired between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011, with the word “published” meaning both the print-to-paper understanding of the term as well as “posted to an Internet website” or other new media form.
While not a requirement, the award committee will favor work that is reportorial over a creative essay or opinion-based piece. The work must also conform to the contemporary understanding of the professional term “journalism,” which is defined here as work produced for wide public consumption in a host format that is periodical and aimed at providing a deeper understanding of our world.
Entries must be submitted by the close of business on Friday, December 9, 2011, in order to be considered. A winner and honorable mention “runners-up” will be announced in January, 2012. The winning work will be posted on the website of the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, and the winner will be invited to receive the prize at the 2012 Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.If in any year all the submissions shall fall below the standard of excellence set by the Peter Jennings Prize Jury the award may be withheld.