DEADLINE: John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism

Event Date: 
January 26, 2024

Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications invites applications until Jan 26, 2024 for the John Bartlow Martin Award.

John Bartlow Martin advanced the tenets of public interest journalism. His magazine stories about labor racketeering, poor working conditions, racism, crime and abuse of mental patients were marked by careful reporting, incisive writing and a palpable concern for victims. In many cases, these stories, published in major magazines such as Harper’s, The Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, Collier's and The Atlantic, prompted public policy changes and inspired other journalists to make a difference with their own reporting.

In his 10 years at Medill, Martin helped students become skilled reporters and writers. Medill established the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism in 1988 to encourage outstanding professional work in this crucial area.

The $4,000 award recognizes single stories or series work shedding light on the causes, consequences and remedies of problems in American society. The work should analyze and critique the policies, relationships and events behind these problems and solutions. Originality, excellence of writing and the impact of the article(s) also will be considered. Articles must have been published in print or digital consumer magazines.

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