The Meyer “Mike” Berger Award

The Berger Award, named after the late New York Times reporter Meyer “Mike” Berger, is awarded to a reporter(s) for an outstanding example of in­-depth, human interest reporting.

How to Nominate

The 2017 Berger Award is now open for nominations. The deadline to enter is March 3, 2017.
 

NOMINATE

The Meyer "Mike" Berger Award and its $1,500 prize is awarded for outstanding human interest reporting across platforms. Print, radio, broadcast and digital reporting are eligible for the award. All entries must have been published in the U.S. during 2016, though in the case of a series or ongoing story, work that appeared in January 2017 will be accepted. Journalists who report in a foreign language should submit copies of original stories with an English translation. No entry fee is required.

How to Nominate

ALL materials should be formatted and uploaded as PDFs. Supporting multimedia presentations can be sent as URLs. Links must remain live.

If you know a journalist who deserves to be recognized, please submit the completed nomination form and pertinent material.

To nominate a journalist, please submit the following materials:

  • A brief letter from the editor indicating the scope of the reporter's work.
  • A brief biography of the reporter.
  • Up to five articles/pieces published in 2016 that best typify the reporter’s work.

Please keep in mind:

  • A series must be designated as such by the publication when it is printed; a regular column may also be submitted as a series.
  • If material lives online, please provide direct links.
  • For all visual elements, the name of the photographer or graphic artist should be included on all entry forms.
  • Supporting material will not be returned.

NOMINATE

About

Members of the faculty of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism judge the entries. The award, which consists of a certificate from Columbia and a $1,500 prize, is conferred annually at the School’s Journalism Day ceremony in May.

Berger won a 1950 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for his story on a veteran who went on a shooting spree in Camden, New Jersey, killing several residents. He then re­introduced the newspaper’s “About New York” column in the early 1950s, setting the standard for evocative and eloquent human interest reporting. Berger passed away in 1959. Louis Schweitzer, a New York industrialist who admired Berger’s work, created the Berger Award in 1960.

Recent and Past Winners

See recent and past winners:

Year

Name

Organization

Work

Judges

2016

Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller

The Marshall Project and ProPublica

An Unbelievable Story of Rape

David Hajdu, Dale Maharidge and Ruth Padawer

2015

Joanne Faryon and Brad Racino

inewsource

An Impossible Choice: Deciding When a Life is No Longer Worth Living

Andie Tucher, David Hajdu and Dale Maharidge

2014

Julia O’Malley

Anchorage Daily News

“The Things that Happen: Two Boys and Cancer”

Andie Tucher, David Hajdu and Jonathan Weiner

2013

Sheri Fink

Freelance

A series of pieces exploring the catastrophic consequences of bureaucratic, structural, and political failures during the deadly hurricane season of 2012.

David Hajdu, Michael Shapiro and Andie Tucher

2012

John Branch

New York Times

Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer

Sheila Coronel, Andie Tucher and Dale Maharidge

2011

Anne Barnard

New York Times

A Parish Tested

Columbia Journalism School Faculty

2010

Joanna Connors

The Plain Dealer

"The Sheltering Sky"

Columbia Journalism School Faculty

2009

Brendan McCarthy

Times-Picayune

Homicide 37

Columbia Journalism School Faculty

2008

Michael Paulson

The Boston Globe

"Ma Siss’s Place: The Birth of a Church"

Columbia Journalism School Faculty

2007

Abigail Tucker

The Baltimore Sun

2006 Reporting

Columbia Journalism School Faculty

 

 

Judges

The Berger Award is judged by Columbia Journalism School faculty. The 2016 judges are David Hajdu, Dale Maharidge and Ruth Padawer.

Contact

Caroline Martinet, Program Manager, Tobenkin Award
212-854-6468
cm3443@columbia.edu

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