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Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability

Awards to USA, Canada, and International
Journalists for Exceptional Reporting on Disabilities

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Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication - National Center on Disability and Journalism

Deadline Date:

08/07/21 11:59 PM PST


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Awards totaling $8,000 to USA, Canada, and International journalists for exceptional reporting on disabilities. Eligible entries can be presented digitally, broadcasted, or printed. Awards are offered for media in both large and small markets. Special consideration will be given to entries that are accessible to those with disabilities — for example, broadcast pieces that are available in transcript form and text stories that are accessible to screen readers.

The Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability is the only national journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage.


  • Large Media Market: Radio—top 20 radio market size (according to Nielsen ratings); Television—network or syndicated TV and Top 20 markets; Print—150,000 circulation or greater (largest single day, including digital replica); and wire services; and magazines, weeklies, and online-only media with a primary focus on a regional or national audience.
  • Small Media Market: Radio—below top 20 radio market size (according to Nielsen ratings); Television—below Top 20 markets; Print—150,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica); and magazines, weeklies, and online-only media with a primary focus on a state, city, metro area or county.

The judges will consider how well submissions:

  • Explore and illuminate key legal or judicial issues regarding the treatment of people with disabilities;
  • Explore and illuminate government policies and practices regarding disabilities;
  • Explore and illuminate practices of private companies and organizations regarding disabilities;
  • Go beyond the ordinary in conveying the challenges experienced by people living with disabilities and strategies for meeting these challenges;
  • Offer balanced accounts of key points of controversy in the field and provide useful information to the general public

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196462

Number of Grants:

6 awards: 2 First place (one in each category); 2 Second place (one in each category); and 2 Third place (one in each category)

Estimated Size of Grant:

- First-place winners in each category will be awarded $2,500 and invited to give a public lecture for the Cronkite School in fall 2021.
- Second-place winners will receive $1,000 and third-place winners $500.

Term of Contract:

Entries must have been published or aired between July 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Journalists working in digital, print, and broadcast media are eligible to enter.
Previous winners and winning organizations are eligible to enter the contest.

Entries will be accepted from print, broadcast, or online-only publications.
Entries are accepted from outside of the U.S., although the work submitted must be in English.
Entries must have been published or aired between July 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: August 7, 2021, by 11:59 PM PST.

The top winner(s) will be invited to Phoenix, Arizona, to receive the award and give presentations.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


If you have any questions or are having a problem with this form, please contact Katie Burke at

National Center on Disability and Journalism
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University
555 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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