A free press is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, and one of the defining characteristics of our country. But journalism is increasingly under attack. We are compelled now, more than ever, to examine the media industry and to recognize and honor the role of the journalist.

The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for recognizing excellence in media industry reporting. Established in 2006 by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, they honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit. The annual awards are celebrated each June at a ceremony in New York City.

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2019 Juried Journalism Awards

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The competition is open to anyone who conducts reporting, commentary or criticism of the media industries in a format intended for a mass audience. Eligible work includes print, broadcast and online editorial content focusing on the development or distribution of news and entertainment. Winners are chosen by a group of journalists and journalism educators.

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Special topic category for 2019

Best Story on Journalists or Journalism in Peril

$1,000

A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast piece or series of pieces specifically addressing physical or other threats to journalists and their profession. Only one piece is required for submission and three total pieces will be accepted per entry.

Special topic category for 2019

Best Story on Social Media in the Crosshairs

$1,000

A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast piece or series of pieces specifically addressing the scrutiny of the role of social media in democracy, politics and society. Only one piece is required for submission and three total pieces will be accepted per entry.

Best Single Article/Story

$1,000

A carefully researched print, digital or broadcast (audio or video) piece of any length. Articles may include photo, video, sidebars, audio and/or interactive elements in addition to the written piece. Regular features/columns, opinion pieces or film/television reviews should not be entered.

Best Profile

$1,000

Any carefully researched and sourced piece covering a single person or organization noteworthy in the media industry. Excerpts from “three dot columns”/social notebook features or excerpts from books (unless the book was originally published in serial form in a periodical) should not be entered. These pieces can be print, radio, television or digital.

Best Commentary

$1,000

Demonstrates the writer’s overall knowledge of the issues; analytic skills; and unique voice. Submissions may be published in print, online, broadcast or radio. This is the category for opinion, humor, columns, etc. Only one piece is required for submission and three total pieces will be accepted per entry.

John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting

$5,000

Digital, broadcast or traditional/legacy media may be entered. Entries may be a series of articles or a single, in-depth investigative article. Though not required, entries may cross platforms. Entries will be judged on the quality of the reporting and the importance of the story covered.