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Worth Bingham

Contact:
Jackie Blumenthal
Worth Bingham Prize
c/o National Press Foundation
1211 Connecticut Avenue N.W. #310
Washington, DC 20036
202-333-7488
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@worthbinghamprize.org

 

See deadline and new entry rules for 2007 submissions.

2006 WORTH BINGHAM PRIZE AWARDED TO
LISA CHEDEKEL AND MATTHEW KAUFFMAN
OF THE HARTFORD COURANT (More information.)

The Worth Bingham Prize honors newspaper or magazine investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served. These stories may involvestate, local or national government, lobbyists or the press itself wherever there exists that "atmosphere of easy tolerance" that Worth Bingham himself once described in his reporting on the nation's capital. The investigative reporting may cover actual violations of the law, rule or code; lax or ineffective administration or enforcement; or activities which, while not specific violations of anything on the statute books, create conflicts of interest, entail excessive secrecy or otherwise raise questions of propriety.

Judges will be guided by such factors as the reporting enterprise, obstacles overcome in getting information, accuracy, clarity of analysis and writing style, magnitude of the situation, and impact on the public, including any reforms that may have resulted. The Worth Bingham Prize is paid from the tax-exempt Worth Bingham Memorial Fund. The fund comprises donations from family, friends, classmates, fellow journalists and foundations.

The prize for 2007 will be $10,000 and will be presented on February 28, 2008 at the National Press Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.