Washington, D.C. – The Institute on Political Journalism is now accepting submissions for its 2009 journalism awards. Prizes are awarded annually for the best newspaper or magazine stories in three categories: investigative, economic and collegiate. Cash prizes accompanying the awards total nearly $30,000, among the largest annual cash prizes in journalism.

Professional writers or writing teams may apply for either the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting or the Award for Excellence in Economic Reporting.

The Mollenhoff Award is named for the late Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter who conducted groundbreaking investigations into the influence of organized crime in American society. It recognizes the best story that conforms to the definition of investigative reporting as originally defined by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and to the professional standards articulated by Mollenhoff in his critiques of journalism craft. The economic award recognizes an article, series or column that provides the best understanding of free-market economic principles and their impact on policies and markets.

Past winners have included entries from the Seattle Times, New Orleans Times Picayune, Dayton Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Kansas City Star and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In addition to the investigative and economic awards, IPJ sponsors the Robert Novak Collegiate Award for excellence in college reporting.

Entries for the investigative and economic awards must be postmarked by March 16, 2009. There is no entry form or fee. For entry guidelines please visit: www.TFAS.org/ipjawards. For more information contact Joe Starrs at ipj@TFAS.org 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 www.TFAS.org.

For more information:

Joe Starrs, Institute on Political Journalism

202-986-0384 or jstarrs@TFAS.org

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