Livingston Awards adds digital nominators, expands outreach and seeks endowment with new funding

As a way to secure the future for the nation’s top journalism award for young talent, the Livingston Awards will expand its digital media efforts and its outreach program for award winners.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is providing $450,000 in support for the new emphasis, funding that will be matched by the University of Michigan and provide time for the prestigious awards to build a permanent endowment.

The Livingston Awards will attract more quality digital submissions by adding online editors to its judging panel and recruiting digital nominators.

The grant also will help the Livingston Awards reach audiences in national civic, political and cultural circles. Winners will explain the stories and their impact to community groups affected by or interested in the journalism.  In the outreach program’s inaugural year, winners spoke to U.S. veterans and are scheduled to address Amnesty International U.S. Convention in April.

“It is only fitting that prizes reserved for young journalists should make special efforts to reach maximum numbers within the youngest branch of the media,” Charles Eisendrath, Livingston Awards founder and director, said. “At a moment when journalism has something of an image problem, the Livingstons should also showcase annual examples of why that could and should change.”

Eisendrath also directs the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, for which he had amassed an endowment of more than $56 million, including $10 million from Knight Foundation during the past 25 years. The goal for the Livingston endowment is $6 million.

"Journalism awards don't just identify journalism quality and promising practioners," said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation. "Done well, like the Livingstons, they inspire winners and others to go on to better journalism, advance new tools and techniques and help communites understand the power of good journalism."

Alexandra Zayas Shares Lessons on How to Turn a Tip into an Investigation

Livingston Winner Alexandra Zayas taught a free Poynter's News University Webinar, sponsored by the Livingston Awards. Watch and learn how to pair storytelling techniques with an investigative mission to deliver stories with impact.

  • What you will learn:
    How to turn a tip into the foundation of an investigation.
    How to find sources to expose the private and secluded.
    How to adjust the frame of a story for a harder hit.
    How to gain access when you think it's impossible.
    How to organize mountains of documents and notes into stories.
    How to use narrative techniques for investigative impact.
  • An archived replay is available. Your registration will give you access to the replay plus bonus resources.
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Rachel Manteuffel Speaks at the Vietnam Women's Memorial

On Veteran's Day, Rachel Manteuffel spoke about her prize-winning story, "The Things They Leave Behind," to an audience of Vietnam-era vets, civilians, scholars and service members who have fought in more recent conflicts. Later at the Veteran's Day Ceremony at The Wall, Manteuffel was introduced by Jan Scruggs, president and founder of the Vietnam War Memorial, to a crowd of over 2,000 Veteran's Day observers. Manteuffel won the national reporting award for her poignant look at the items left at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall.


Livingston Awards Welcomes New Judge

David Greene, the familiar voice of NPR's morning programming, is the newest Livingston Awards judge. As a regional judge, David will review entries from the Mid-Atlantic region. Read more about David Greene.

The Knight Foundation and University of Michigan support The Livingston Awards

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Michigan have guaranteed a total of $500,000 to fund the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for two years while a permanent endowment is sought.

The funds will support the three $10,000 prizes awarded to outstanding work in journalists under 35 and the $5,000 Richard M. Clurman prize honoring superb on-the-job mentors.

This year’s prizes will be presented in person by the judging panel on June 12, 2014 at a New York luncheon. Leading media figures and the winners’ families and colleagues will be in attendance to honor the winners. By recognizing the best young talent early in their careers, the Livingston Awards seeks to support the work of young journalists, create modern role models for the next generation of news consumers and advance excellence in journalism.