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Collegiate News Stories Wanted for Cash Prizes

Washington D.C. journalism institute seeks entries for the 2009 Robert Novak Collegiate Award.

Washington, DC, February 20, 2009 --( The Institute on Political Journalism is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award.

Collegiate journalists may submit an entry for the Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award which recognizes excellence in collegiate reporting that demonstrates an understanding of the basic ideas that support a free society, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech and free-market economic principles. This award carries three prizes totaling nearly $9,000.

Last year’s first place winner was an expose from the UCLA Daily Bruin on preferential treatment at UCLA’s elite orthodontics residency program. The Daily Tar Heel (UNC-Chapel Hill) was runner-up with the uncovering of a university-affiliated political action committee (dominated by its trustees) that funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to legislators each election. Finally, independent newspaper the Virginia Informer chronicled events leading up to the president’s resignation at the College of William and Mary.

Two other prizes are awarded annually for the best newspaper or magazine stories in investigative and economic reporting. Cash prizes accompanying all of the awards total nearly $30,000, among the largest annual cash prizes in journalism.

Entries for the Novak Collegiate Award must be postmarked by March 31, 2009. There is no entry form or fee. For entry guidelines please visit: For more information please email: or call 202-986-0384.

The Institute on Political Journalism is sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, a Washington, D.C. educational nonprofit. IPJ is one of five internship programs for college students administered in partnership with Georgetown University. For more information, visit

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