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2012 WHCA JOURNALISM AWARDS - CALL FOR ENTRIES

The White House Correspondents' Association is presenting three major journalism awards at the annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012, to recognize distinguished reporting. The awards are among the most prestigious in our field. Prizes range from $1,000 to $2,500.

Members of the WHCA are encouraged to review your 2011 reporting and consider entering the competition. The three contests are open to print and broadcast journalists.

The WHCA board has enlisted the Medill School of Journalism and Ellen Shearer, co-director of the Medill News Service here in Washington, D.C., to help coordinate the judging of the three contests.

The Merriman Smith Award

The Merriman Smith Award ($2,500 each) recognizes presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, with separate awards for print and broadcast journalists. Broadcast tapes (CD/DVD only) also may be submitted with scripts.

The Aldo Beckman Award

The Aldo Beckman ($1,000) recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage, with a single award for either a print or broadcast journalist.  Entries may be in the form of clippings, original material, wire copy printouts, photocopies or broadcast scripts.  Online entries must be original Web content. Broadcast tapes (CD/DVD only) also may be submitted with scripts.

The Edgar A. Poe Award

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 copy printouts, photocopies or online entries. Broadcast tapes (CD/DVD) also may be submitted. Online entries must be original Web content.

CONTEST ENTRY FORMS, GUIDELINES, AND CONTACT INFO
For more information about each award, click on the individual guidelines links at right. For further questions, please contact Ellen Shearer of Medill News Service at (202) 661-0102 (shearer@northwestern.edu) or Julia Whiston, Executive Director of the WHCA, at (202) 266-7453 (click to send a message).

The deadline for entries is March 2, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

PAST AWARD WINNERS

See the list at right for the WHCA awards links and information about past winners. The 2011 RECIPIENTS page contains information about last year's recipients and photos of the awards presentations. You also can review last year's WINNING ENTRIES on our site.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

GUIDELINES space CALL FOR ENTRIES
Merriman Smith Award
Aldo Beckman Award
Edgar A. Poe Award

ENTRY FORMS
Merriman Smith Award
Aldo Beckman Award
Edgar A. Poe Award

2011 AWARD WINNERS
THE 2011 RECIPIENTS
2011 WINNING ENTRIES

2010 AWARD WINNERS
THE 2010 RECIPIENTS
2010 WINNING ENTRIES

2009 AWARD WINNERS
THE 2009 RECIPIENTS
2009 WINNING ENTRIES

2008 AWARD WINNERS
THE 2008 RECIPIENTS
2008 WINNING ENTRIES

PAST WINNERS (PRESS RELEASES)
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