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Contest Rules

Judged by a rotating panel of journalists and media educators, the awards highlight the impact of investigative reporting as a reform tool within the context of state and local government waste, fraud and corruption. In addition to using credible and impressive investigative techniques, the winning entries will have made significant contributions to inform the public on issues of government failings and corruption and will have prompted reforms. There is no limit to how many stories you may submit, and newsrooms may submit multiple entries from multiple reporters.

Individuals or news organizations may submit multiple entries. However, each story or series of stories should be submitted separately. Supporting material will be accepted but is not necessary. All applications must meet standards set forth in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. Entities that are principally advocacy organizations are not eligible. Entries should include all related corrections, clarifications or retractions.