Daniel Pearl Awards

The main criterion for eligibility is that the investigation — either a single work or a single-subject series — involves reporting in at least two countries on a topic of world significance.

A five-member jury of international journalists selects the winners.

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.


Any professional journalist or team of journalists of any nationality is eligible to submit an individual investigative piece of work, or single-subject series, on a transnational topic of world significance.

Works produced in print, broadcast, and online media are eligible; books are not eligible.

In the case of a team of journalists, the first name listed on the application shall be deemed to be the designated representative of the team.


Work must have been first published or broadcast in general information media between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009.

The story or series must involve on-the-ground reporting in at least two countries.

Work is eligible without regard to the language in which it originally appeared. However, entries submitted in the original language must be accompanied by a comprehensive story summary in English. English-language subtitles on video entries are preferred but not mandatory.

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. No e-mail submissions accepted.

Submission Letter:

Include a brief synopsis of the story/series and explain the background of the project, identifying the issues and key players.

The submission letter should be in English and no longer than two typed pages.

Curriculum vitae must be submitted for every reporter named in the entry.

Entry Fee: None.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked no later than January 15.

Only one entry per applicant is allowed.

For more information and application, visit: Daniel Pearl Awards