Columbia Journalism’s Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and Women’s Economic Round Table Opens Nominations for The WERT Prize, honoring Global Business Reporting by a Female Journalist | Columbia Journalism School

Columbia Journalism’s Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and Women’s Economic Round Table Opens Nominations for The WERT Prize, honoring Global Business Reporting by a Female Journalist

Nominations for the WERT Prize, honoring excellence in business journalism by a woman for work that fosters a greater understanding of global business, are now open. The prize is presented by the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia’s Journalism School in partnership with the Women’s Economic Round Table (WERT).

Thanks to funding from the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, this year’s award will grow to $4,500 in acknowledgement of the 45th year of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. The award honors work published in English, across platforms - print, radio, broadcast and digital - for the 2019 calendar year. 

The application window for the WERT Prize runs through March 31, 2020.

The Women’s Economic Round Table was founded in 1978 by Dr. Amelia Augustus and Maria Rolfte as an educational and networking forum for women leaders in the fields of economics, finance and business. 

A jury of seven distinguished journalists will review submissions from across multiple continents. 

This year, the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship welcomes Yinka Adegoke, founding editor, Quartz Africa, as a new WERT Prize jury member. In 2018, he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine for his role in developing Quartz Africa as a vital news and features platform on the continent. Adegoke has reported from over 20 countries across Europe, Africa and North America.

“We are excited to welcome Yinka to the team. He brings a wealth of experience from Africa and Europe, where we hope to inspire and celebrate business journalism being produced by women in those regions,” said Knight-Bagehot director, Ann Grimes.

Prize jury members also include: Rebecca Blumenstein (New York Times Deputy Managing Editor), Stephanie Mehta (Fast Company Editor-in-Chief),  Kevin Delaney (Co-founder of Quartz), Sandy Sugawara, (Managing Editor of Voice of America), Michelle Holmes (VP of Content at Alabama Media Group of Hearst Inc.), and Kimi Yoshino (Los Angeles Times Deputy Managing Editor.)

For more information about the WERT Prize go to: https://journalism.columbia.edu/wert.

About Columbia Journalism School

For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications.  It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, the Mike Berger Awards and the WERT Prize for Women Business Journalists. Journalism.columbia.edu