Walter Cronkite in 2004. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Walter Cronkite in 2004. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is now accepting entries for the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award For Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

According to the Lear Center, the award “encourages and showcases substantive and innovative coverage that informs viewers about their electoral choices. It recognizes television journalism that helps viewers understand who the candidates are; what the issues and ballot propositions are; how electoral choices will affect their lives; how to assess campaign information, including advertising; and how to register, vote and make their own voices heard.”

The award ceremony and symposium will be held April 28 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and will recognize work produced during the 2015-16 presidential election season.

The Lear Center is again partnering with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which presents the Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages to recognize “broadcast journalists’ best practices in reducing the level of deception and confusion in U.S. political ads.” The prize is named for the founding director of

To apply or learn more about the Cronkite Award guidelines, visit Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 13. The early bird deadline with reduced entry fee is Dec. 9.

–City News Service 

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