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Award for Excellence in Collegiate Reporting


The Institute on Political Journalism Collegiate Award recognizes excellence in collegiate reporting. Judges will recognize students who show initiative and original reporting, along with superior writing skills. In addition, a quality piece will also demonstrate skill for accuracy in reporting as well as good use of sources.

The presentation of the awards will take place at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in June 2018.  View a full list of past award recipients.


  • 1st Place: $2,500 cash prize + $5,000 scholarship to attend the summer 2018 IPJ program.
  • 2nd Place: $500 cash prize + $4,000 scholarship to attend the summer 2018 IPJ program.
  • 3rd Place: $100 cash prize + $3,000 scholarship to attend the summer 2018 IPJ program.

About the Sponsoring Organization

The award is sponsored by the Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ), a TFAS academic internship program in Washington, D.C.  Each year, approximately 100 outstanding college journalists are chosen to spend the summer in the nation’s capital through the IPJ program. They intern at major news organizations, attend site briefings at various government institutions, hear lectures from Washington’s leading reporters and editors and take courses in economics, ethics and leadership at George Mason University.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018 award is now open. Please see below for entry guidelines. The deadline for the 2018 award is Jan. 5, 2018.

Entry Guidelines:

  1. Reporters may submit up to three stories for consideration.
  2. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 5, 2018. Please click here to submit entries.
  3. Entrants must be undergraduate students, currently enrolled in a college/university in the United States.
  4. Entries must have been published in a college or university newspaper/publication or in an online version. Work published for an internship or for a class assignment is not acceptable.
  5. Entries should be news stories. Commentary or editorials are not eligible.
  6. Entries must have been written between April 1, 2017 and Jan. 5, 2018.

Please click here to submit your entries through our DCinternships website.

For more information, please contact IPJ Director Joe Starrs at jstarrs@TFAS.org or 202-986-0384.