WHCA AWARD-WINNING ENTRIES FOR 2007
The White House Correspondents' Association presented three major journalism awards at the annual dinner in April to recognize distinguished reporting. The awards are among the most prestigious in our field. The three contests are open to print and broadcast journalists for any piece or series printed or broadcast in 2007.
To enhance credibility through independent judging, the judging panels for the three awards we administer are put together and run by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Assistant Dean Ellen Shearer, co-director of the Northwestern University's Medill News Service in Washington, helped coordinate the judging of the following three contests. Here are the award-winning entries in PDF format.
The Merriman Smith Award ($2,500) recognizes presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, with separate awards for print and broadcast journalists.
Sanger - 20061009 North Korea.pdf (PRINT)
Raddatz - 20060608 Al-Zarqawi Death.pdf (BROADCAST)
The Aldo Beckman Award ($1,000) recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be made in the form of clippings, original material, wire service printouts, photocopies or broadcast scripts.
Walsh - 20060123 Cheney Factor.pdf
Walsh - 20060206 Bush 3rd Term.pdf
Walsh - 20060206 Not Like Father.pdf
Walsh - 20060529 History.pdf
Walsh - 20060828 Humbled Presidency.pdf
Walsh - 20061113 Two Texans.pdf
DeFrank - 20061015 Proud Poppy.pdf
DeFrank - 20061108 Wings Clipped.pdf
DeFrank - 20061109 War Room.pdf
DeFrank - 20061127 W Library.pdf
DeFrank - 20061227 Regular Guy.pdf
DeFrank - 20061228 Last Lunch.pdf
The Edgar A. Poe Award ($2,500) recognizes excellence in coverage of news of national or regional significance, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist. Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire service printouts, photocopies or broadcast scripts. Broadcast tapes may also be submitted with scripts.
Ryan - 20060326 Chapter 1.pdf
Ryan - 20060327 Chapter 2.pdf
Ryan - 20060328 Chapter 3.pdf
Ryan - 20060329 Chapter 4.pdf
Hegland - 20060204 Guantanamo.pdf
Jordan - 20060406 Terminal Incarceration.pdf
Jordan - 20060629 Deconstruction.pdf
Jordan - 20060810 Commie Book Ban.pdf
Witt - 20060112 The Few, The Proud.pdf
Witt - 20060608 Pearl of the Antilles.pdf
Witt - 20061019 Mock Trial.pdf
Return to the 2007 AWARDS page for additional information about the recipients and this year's ceremony. See the list at right for information about past awards.
2008 CALL FOR ENTRIES
In 2008 the call for entries will be mailed during the first week in January; the deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on March 4. Entries may be made in the form of clippings, original material, wire service printouts, photocopies, or broadcast scripts or DVDs.
For more information about each award, click on the Guidelines links at right. For further questions, please contact Ellen Shearer of Medill News Service at (202) 661-0102 or Julia Whiston, Executive Director of the WHCA, at (202) 266-7453.
Ed Chen of Bloomberg News chairs the awards committee and will make the presentations at the 2008 dinner.