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$5,000 Top Prize for Gannett Foundation’s Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today.  Photo via

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today. Photo via

The Gannett Foundation’s Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism is seeking investigative reporters who broke ground in the past year.

The award focuses on groundbreaking work by a journalist or a staff that incorporated the use of digital tools while serving as a community’s watchdog. Special consideration will be given to journalism that helped a community to grasp and address important issues.

The top prize winner will receive $5,000 and will be invited to join Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award winners at an annual awards dinner and show at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, October 6, 2014 to receive the Gannett Foundation prize.

In addition to being a businessman, author and columnist, Neuharth is best known for founding the national newspaper, USA Today, in 1982.

According to recent circulation statistics, USA Today is the third most widely read newspaper in the country behind the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, respectively.

Neuharth died last year at age 89.

Entries for the contest should be submitted by September 12, 2014 at 11:59PM EDT. Registration is $25 for RTDNA members and $50 for non-members.

To enter, Click here, or visit the contest website for entry requirements and more information.

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