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New Journalism Award to Recognize Disability Coverage

A new national journalism awards program will recognize excellence in reporting on disability issues and people with disabilities.

The Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability is the first national journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage. It is administered by the National Center on Disability & Journalism, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, under a grant from Katherine Schneider, a retired clinical psychologist who also supports the Schneider Family Book Award. That awards program is administered by the American Library Association and honors the best children’s books each year that capture the disability experience for children and adolescents in three age categories.

Entries for the new journalism award are being accepted until Aug. 1, 2013. Entries must be published or aired between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Entries will be accepted from print publications, radio or television outlets and online-only publications. The first-place winner will receive an award of $5,000 and an invitation to speak at the Cronkite School. A second place award of $1,500 also will be given, and judges additionally may give $500 honorable mention awards.

For more information on how to submit stories for consideration, please visit the NCDJ Contest page.