Prizes & Lectures

Prizes and LecturesThrough its numerous prizes and lectures, the Shorenstein Center recognizes the best journalists and authors working today, as well as politicians making a difference in the realm of public policy.

The Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics commemorates the life of the reporter and historian who set the standard for contemporary political journalism and campaign coverage. Since 1989 the annual White Lecture has been delivered by a noted politician, journalist, or author, and is one of the highlights of the Center’s year. The David Nyhan Prize honors outstanding work in the field of political journalism, and is awarded prior to the Theodore H. White Lecture.

The Goldsmith Awards Program has as its goal the encouragement of a more insightful, spirited public debate about government, politics and the press. It includes the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Goldsmith Book Prize, and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The Richard S. Salant Lecture on the Freedom of the Press was established in 2008 by the estate of Dr. Frank Stanton in honor of his longtime friend and colleague, Richard S. Salant, an ardent defender of the First Amendment and passionate leader of broadcast ethics and news standards.

A list of upcoming lectures and prizes is available on our events calendar, while information on past awards can be found in our archives.

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Announcing the Winner of the 2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to present the 2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting to:  “Mississippi’s Dangerous and Dysfunctional Penal System” by Joseph Neff, Alysia Santo, Anna Wolfe, and Michelle Liuof The Marshall Project, Mississippi Today, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and the USA TODAY Network.  The Goldsmith

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2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 25, 2021 – The Shorenstein Center hosted a panel discussion with the finalists for the 2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, ProPublica’s Neil Bedi, IndyStar’s Tony Cook, The Washington Post health reporter Dan Diamond, The News & Observer’s Joseph Neff, Reuters data journalist Janet Roberts, and The Marshall Project’s Abbie VanSickle. The conversation

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2021 Goldsmith Prize Finalists

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is proud to announce the six finalists for the 2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. The Goldsmith Prize, founded in 1991 and funded by a gift from the Greenfield Foundation, honors the best public service investigative journalism that has made an impact

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2021 Goldsmith Awards deadline Jan 12

2021 Goldsmith Awards

Nominate the best 2020 reporting that made an impact on local, state, or national politics and public policy. Winner receives $25,000 and finalists receive $10,000.

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David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism Webinar

On Friday, October 23, 2020 the Shorenstein Center hosted a webinar with 2019 David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism winner James Goodman, and previous winners David von Drehle (2018) and Nancy Kaffer (2016), discussing the challenges facing local newsrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation was moderated by Nancy Gibbs, Director of the Shorenstein Center. You can watch a recording of the event

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Kathleen Carroll: 2020 Goldsmith Career Award Winner

Every year at the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony we celebrate a leading figure in journalism and media with the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism. This year’s honoree was Kathleen Carroll, longtime reporter and Executive Editor for the Associated Press, who successfully oversaw one of the world’s largest independent news agencies through a period of intense

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