For the past 60 years, Ball State University’s Department of Journalism has coordinated a national journalism writing award sponsored by generous donors. The award recognizes excellence in journalistic writing. Several winners have gone on to receive Pulitzer Prizes. 


The 2020 recipient of the Ball State University Department of Journalism National Writing Award will receive a prize of $1,500 for a body of distinguished work published by a newspaper, magazine or digital news site that shines light on significant and complex subjects, demonstrates a mastery of the topic, and reveals exceptional writing.

The Ball State University’s Department of Journalism invites entries to its 2020 National Journalism Writing Award competition. The deadline for submissions is June 20, 2020 for articles written in the calendar year 2019.


2020 Ball State University Department of Journalism National Writing Award Recipient

 

MARK JOHNSON

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

About Mark Johnson

The Ball State University’s Department of Journalism invites entries to its 2020 National Journalism Writing Award competition. The recipient of the Ball State University Department of Journalism National Writing Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 for a distinguished work published by a U.S. newspaper, magazine or digital news site that shines light on a significant and complex subject, demonstrates a mastery of the topic, and reveals exceptional writing.

The winner will receive hotel and travel accommodations to attend the Department of Journalism’s annual awards luncheon Oct. 1, 2020, in Muncie, Indiana, and deliver a talk about his or her work to Ball State journalism students.

General Rules & Guidelines:

  • The submitted work must have been published within the 2019 calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31).
  • Entrants may submit up to two articles for consideration
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter may include background or context on the work, discuss the writing process and/or inspiration behind the work, and explain why the work exemplifies excellence in journalistic writing.
  • Entries should be submitted as PDF or Word documents, with an accompanying link to the published online version (if available) included in the cover letter
  • Entries must be written by a single author; no shared bylines accepted
  • Entries (in PDF form) and cover letters should be emailed to Natalee Seely by the deadline of June 20, 2020 to be considered (Entries will not be returned)
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of veteran journalists. The award winner will be contacted no later than Aug. 20, 2020.
  • The recipient will attend the Ball State University Department of Journalism awards banquet in Muncie, Indiana, on Oct. 1, 2020, to receive the award and $1,500 prize. The recipient will deliver a talk to Ball State University journalism students on a topic of their choosing. Hotel and travel accommodations will be covered.

Submit Nominations

Questions may be directed to Award Coordinator Natalee Seely.

Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award

2019    Kristen Gelineau, The Associated Press
2018   
Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education
2017    Robrt Pela, Phoenix News Times
2016    Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2015    Alan Prendergast, Westword
2014    Eric Adler, The Kansas City Star
2013    Rukmini Callimachi, The Associated Press
2012    Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2011    Rukmini Callimachi, The Associated Press
2010    Helen O’Neill, The Associated Press
2009    Maureen O’Hagan, The Seattle Times
2008    Lee Hill Kavanaugh, The Kansas City Star
2007    Janet Kelley, Lancaster New Era
2006    Amy Schatz, The Wall Street Journal
2005    Amy Dockser Marcus, The Wall Street Journal
2004    Rinker Buck, Hartford Courant
2003    Lee Hill Kavanaugh, The Kansas City Star
2002    Christine Evans, The Palm Beach Post
2001    Elizabeth Leland, The Charlotte Observer
2000    Christine Evans, The Palm Beach Post

Nixon Newspapers Inc., National Journalism Writing Award

1999    Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
1998    Walter Isaacson, Time
1997    Tom Hallman Jr., The Oregonian
1996    David Dudley, Baltimore Magazine
1995    Ron Suskind, The Wall Street Journal
1994    Tom Koetting, The Wichita Eagle
1993    Judith Valente, The Wall Street Journal
1992    Rob Hiaasen, Palm Beach Post
1991    Tad Bartimus, The Associated Press
1990    Barry Bearak, Los Angeles Times
1989    Susan Ager, The Detroit Free Press
1988    Robert Jones, Los Angeles Times
1987    Barry Michael Cooper, Spin Magazine
1986    Bill Norton, Kansas City Star Magazine
1985    Susan Harrison, The Muskegon Chronicle

National Journalism Writing Award

1984    Michael Matza
1983    Gannett News Service
1982    The Chicago Sun-Times
1981    The Detroit Free Press
1980    Robert Kapler
1979    Hoag Lewis
1978    The Chicago Sun-Times
1977    Investigative Reporters and Editors
1976    Gannett Foundation
1975    The Wall Street Journal
1974    National News Council
1973    The Washington Post
1972    The New York Times
1971    The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times
1970    Dow Jones and Company
1969    Theodore M. White
1968    Kelly Smith
1967    Eugene C. Pulliam
1966    Today
1965    The Newspapers Publishers Syndicate
1964    The Associated Press
1963    Marquis Childs
1962    Harrison Salisbury
1961    Irving Dillard
1960    William A. Shirer