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Entry Deadline: Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting

January 18, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

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Entries for the Newhouse School’s Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting may be submitted online until Jan. 18, 2021.

Two Toner Prizes will be given—one for local political reporting, and one for national political reporting. Each carries a $5,000 honorarium.

Toner Prizes will go to reporting that:

  • illuminates the electoral process, with a special focus on coverage of candidates, campaigns or elections; or
  • reveals the politics of policy; and
  • engages the public in democracy.

The award criteria emphasize continuing coverage of campaigns, candidates and elections—work that gives voters ongoing information to engage in democracy. Prizes won’t be limited to campaign coverage, but extra weight will be given to such stories during the judging process.

To be eligible for consideration, stories must have been published, posted or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

The Toner Prizes honor late Syracuse University alumna Robin Toner ’76, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times. They are part of the Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting at the Newhouse School.

For more information, contact Toner Program administrator Charlotte Grimes at


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This event was first published on December 16, 2020 and last updated on January 4, 2021.

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