The Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability

The 2019 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability contest is now closed. Winners of this year’s contest can be found on our homepage https://ncdj.org/. The 2020 contest will reopen in late spring.

Contest Rules:
2019 entries were be published or aired between July 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019. Entries were accepted from print, broadcast or online-only publications. Entries were accepted from outside of the U.S., although the work submitted was in English.
The deadline to enter was Aug. 5, 2019.

Large Media Market Awards
Large includes: Radio—top 20 radio market size (according to Nielsen ratings); Television—network or syndicated TV and Top 20 markets; Print—150,000 circulation or greater (largest single day, including digital replica); and wire services; and magazines, weeklies and online-only media with a primary focus on a regional or national audience.
Small Media Market Awards
Small includes: Radio—below top 20 radio market size (according to Nielsen ratings); Television—below Top 20 markets; Print—150,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica); and magazines, weeklies and online-only media with a primary focus on a state, city, metro area or county.

Entries are judged by professional journalists and experts on disability issues based on the following criteria.

  • Explore and illuminate key legal or judicial issues regarding the treatment of people with disabilities;
  • Explore and illuminate government policies and practices regarding disabilities;
  • Explore and illuminate practices of private companies and organizations regarding disabilities;
  • Go beyond the ordinary in conveying the challenges experienced by people living with disabilities and strategies for meeting these challenges;
  • Offer balanced accounts of key points of controversy in the field and provide useful information to the general public;
  • Special consideration will be given to entries that are accessible to those with disabilities. For example, broadcast pieces that are available in transcript form and text stories that are accessible to screen readers. All entries will be published on the NCDJ website in accessible formats.