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TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 award

“We have seen truly unprecedented examples of investigative journalism in 2016 that have exposed corruption,” said TRACE President Alexandra Wrage. “We look forward to receiving this year’s submissions and honoring the journalists undertaking this important work.” 

 

“Corruption is a global virus, and the battle against it must be, too. The TRACE prize uniquely recognizes and encourages the courageous, meticulous journalism that is part of that fight, anywhere it finds a voice.”

Diana Henriques, TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting judge.

TRACE is currently accepting submissions for the 2017 Prize for Investigative Reporting. The award recognizes reporting that uncovers business bribery with the goal of increasing commercial transparency.

Nominees may be print, broadcast or online reporters from any country who have investigated bribery schemes, business activities that create serious conflicts of interest or similar misconduct. Entries must have appeared in print or online during the 2016 calendar year to be eligible for consideration. Multiple entries per author are permitted, as are team entries produced by groups of journalists.  

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 $10,000 USD and the reporter will be invited to an award ceremony hosted by TRACE in mid-2017. The judges may also name up to two honorable mentions, who will each receive $1,000 USD.

The 2017 judges are:

  • William Gumede, Associate Professor, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Founder and Chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation.

  • Diana Henriques, Financial writer and author, formerly with The New York Times.

  • Rosebell Kagumire, Multimedia, writer and digital communication strategist, public speaker and award-winning blogger based in Kampala, Uganda.

  • Dan Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo News.

  • Peter Klein, Executive Director of the Global Reporting Centre.

  • Donatella Lorch, Freelance reporter, formerly with The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek, currently based in Ankara, Turkey.

  • Jorge Luis Sierra, Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Download an entry form here.

Submissions or queries should be emailed to Caitlin Seymour, cseymour@traceinternational.org.

The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 31 January, 2017.

Previous Winners of the TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting

2016

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and The Wall Street Journal 

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in conjunction with Swedish Television’s Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) and Sweden’s TT News Agency, for their investigation uncovering a complex Azerbaijan telecom scandal.

The Wall Street Journal, for their reporting on the vast network of corruption relating to Malaysia's 1MDB fund.

Read the full press release here.

 



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