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The Edwin Gould Foundation Announces The Eddie, New Prize for Excellence in Journalism

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The Edwin Gould Foundation (EGF) announces a new journalism prize, The Eddie.  The prize – one finalist and two runner up prizes – will be given annually to works of journalism that help further the national conversation about low-income college completion.

The prize will be given away each spring. First place will consist of a cash honorarium of $10,000. The two runner-up prizes will consist of a cash honorarium of $2,500. Each winner will also receive a bowler hat, a tribute to our namesake Edwin Gould, who, in his lifetime, was often photographed wearing that iconic cap.

Entries:  Entries for works created during the previous year (2014) can be submitted between January 15th and Feb. 15th. Winners will be notified in late February. This year, the Edwin Gould Foundation will announce the award at a journalism conference, “College for the Other Half: The Rocky Road that Low Income Students Travel to Get a Degree,” to be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in Manhattan on March 20, 2015. Works can be submitted here.

Works That Are Eligible:  A panel of judges will consider submissions that were printed, aired or published on the sites of general news outlets, education-only outlets, magazines, weeklies, radio, podcast, and broadcast. Potent data journalism and info graphics will also be considered.  Opinion writers and bloggers should consider submitting a body of work with no less than five pieces. Works by individuals who do not make their living as full-time journalists will be considered and their financial ties will need to be clearly delineated in the application process. 

The Criteria: Judges will be evaluating the entries for ingenuity of reporting and trenchant analysis that helps uncover, highlight or further 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.

For more information on the award: Peg Tyre, Director of Strategy, EGF (

To learn more about the criteria and to submit work:

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.

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