The 2016 Eddie Prize

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The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that it will administer the third annual Eddie Prize, the journalism prize from The Edwin Gould Foundation that recognizes the best work on the challenges low-income students face getting into and/or completing college. Finalists for the prize will be named in April 2017. The winner of the $7,500 cash prize will be announced during EWA’s 70th National Seminar in late spring of 2017. The winner will also receive a bowler hat, a tribute to the namesake of the EGF, Edwin Gould, who, in his lifetime, was often photographed wearing that iconic hat.

Works That Are Eligible
A panel of judges will consider submissions that were printed, aired or published by any independent news media. Consistent with EWA rules, works by non-journalists or those that ran in publications not deemed independent news media are ineligible. See “Eligibility” in the Rules page to learn about eligible dates. Eddie items that were honored last year are not eligible for entry this year. Please limit your entry to no more than seven items. 

The Criteria
Judges will be evaluating the entries for ingenuity of reporting and trenchant analysis that uncovers, highlights or furthers the discussion about the challenges low-income students face, and problems or conditions related to their efforts to obtain a degree. Special attention will be paid to works that bring to life aspects of this issue that may not have previously come to the attention of the public.

How to Enter
Create an account on EWA’s awards website. There is no entry fee for the Eddie. However, entrants who wish to also be eligible for the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting and its $10,000 prize must enter a category in addition to the Eddie.

For more information on the prize, contact EWA.

The Edwin Gould Foundation invests in programs that inspire young people to achieve their personal best while contributing to a stronger, more compassionate society. The Foundation’s mission is to reduce the achievement gap by empowering motivated yet underserved students through support of programs that provide academic remediation, enrichment, and leadership life skills resulting in their entrance to and graduation from college.