Daniel Pearl Awards for Investigative Journalists

Deadline: 1 July 2011
Open to: any professional journalist or team of journalists of any nationality working in any medium
Prize: two prizes of $5,000 and five $1,000 finalist awards

The Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, is organized by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). This awards are unique among journalism prizes worldwide as they were created specifically to honor cross-border investigative reporting.

Past ICIJ award winners have reported about abuses faced by immigrants in American workplaces; the involvement of Sweden in the CIA secret renditions program; and allegations of sexual exploitation of Congolese women and children by United Nations peacekeepers, among other issues of world importance.


The competition is open to any professional journalist (or team of journalists) of any nationality working in any medium. The investigation has to involve reporting at a transnational level (in at least two countries) on a topic of world significance.


* Works produced in print, broadcast, and online media are eligible (books are not)
* It must have been first published or broadcast in general information media between January 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011
* The story or series must involve on-the-ground reporting in at least two countries
* Work can be submitted in any language, but entries submitted in the original language must be accompanied by a comprehensive story summary in English
* Audio entries should be sent on CD, with accompanying script
* Video entries on DVD format, with accompanying script
* Six copies of each submission are required


Complete the Pearl Awards Application Form.
Do not forget to include a submission letter:  a brief synopsis of the story/series and explain the background of the project, identifying the issues and key players. And a CV.
Send all the documents to (please note that e-mail submissions will not be considered):
ICIJ- The Center for Public Integrity
910 17th Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006


Two $5,000 first prizes are awarded: one to a U.S.-based reporter or news organization and the other to a non-U.S.-based journalist or news organization.


ICIJ- The Center for Public Integrity
910 17th Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202-466-1300
Fax: 202-466-1101
E-mail: [email protected]

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