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TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery 

Now Accepting Entries for the 2018 Award

 

“Every year we receive  extraordinary examples of investigative journalism that expose corruption with the goal of advancing accountability and transparency. We look forward to receiving this year’s submissions and honoring the journalists undertaking this important work.” 

 Alexandra Wrage, President and Founder, TRACE.

“Corruption is a global virus, and the battle against it must be, too. The TRACE prize uniquely recognizes and encourages the courageous, meticulous journalism that is part of that fight, anywhere it finds a voice.”

Diana Henriques, TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting judge.

The TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting recognizes journalism that uncovers business bribery with the goal of increasing commercial transparency.

Nominees may be print, broadcast or online reporters from any country who have investigated commercial bribery schemes, business activities that create serious conflicts of interest or similar misconduct. Entries must have appeared in print or online during 2017. Multiple entries per author are permitted, as are team entries produced by groups of journalists.  

A panel of independent judges will review the submissions and select up to two winning entries. Each winning entry will receive a cash prize of $10,000 USD and the reporter will be invited to an award ceremony hosted by TRACE. The judges may also name up to two honorable mentions, who will each receive $1,000 USD.

The 2018 judges are:

  • William Gumede, Associate Professor, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Founder and Chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation.

  • Diana Henriques, Financial writer and author, formerly with The New York Times.

  • Rosebell Kagumire, Writer and digital communication strategist, public speaker and award-winning blogger based in Kampala, Uganda.

  • Peter Klein, Executive Director of the Global Reporting Centre.

  • Donatella Lorch, Freelance reporter, formerly with The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek, currently based in Ankara, Turkey.

  • Jorge Luis SierraPresident of the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, journalist security consultant and formerly a Knight International Journalism Fellow with the International Center for Journalists.

Download an Entry Form

Completed applications or queries should be emailed to Caitlin Seymour, cseymour@traceinternational.org.

The deadline for entries is 5pm EST, Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Previous Winners of the TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting

2017

   

The ICIJ Team (left) and Dorothee Myriam Kellou (right) accept the 2017 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting with TRACE President Alexandra Wrage.

The 2017 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for The Panama Papers and to freelance Journalist, Dorothee Myriam Kellou, for her investigation into Lafarge's operations in Syria.

Read the full press release here. 

2016

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and The Wall Street Journal 

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in conjunction with Swedish Television’s Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) and Sweden’s TT News Agency, for their investigation uncovering a complex Azerbaijan telecom scandal.

The Wall Street Journal, for their reporting on the vast network of corruption relating to Malaysia's 1MDB fund.

Read the full press release here.