TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery

TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery


The TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting recognizes journalism that uncovers business bribery or related financial crime with the goal of increasing commercial transparency.

Nominees may be print, broadcast or online reporters from any country who have investigated commercial bribery schemes, business activities that create serious conflicts of interest or similar misconduct. Entries must have appeared in print or online during 2018.

Multiple entries per author are permitted, as are team entries produced by groups of journalists. Book-length entries are not accepted.

A panel of independent judges will review the submissions and select up to two winning entries. Each winning entry will receive a cash prize of USD $10,000 and the reporter(s) will be invited to an award ceremony hosted by TRACE. The judges may also name up to two honorable mentions, who will each receive USD $1,000.

The 2019 judges are:

  • William Gumede, Associate Professor, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Founder and Chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation.
  • Diana B. Henriques, Financial writer and author, formerly with The New York Times.
  • Rosebell Kagumire, Writer and digital communication strategist, public speaker and award-winning blogger based in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Peter Klein, Executive Director of the Global Reporting Centre
    in Vancouver, BC.
  • Donatella Lorch, Freelance reporter, formerly with The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek, currently based in Ankara, Turkey.
    Jorge Luis Sierra, President of the Border
  • Center for Journalists and Bloggers, journalist security consultant and formerly a Knight International Journalism Fellow with the International Center for Journalists, based in Texas.
  • Completed entries and queries should be emailed to Caitlin Seymour, [email protected].


    How to Apply

  • For more information and call for application details, see; application details, see; TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery

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