David S. Barr Award is Accepting Applications


Simone Myers, Education Programs Assistant

The Newspaper Guild-CWA is now accepting applications for the David S. Barr Award for student journalists in high school and college.

David S. Barr Award Application

According to the website, “the David S. Barr Award is intended to recognize one high school and one college student for their journalistic achievement and to encourage young journalists to focus on issues of social justice. It is named after David S. Barr, who for a quarter of a century served as the newspaper Guild’s general counsel, mentor, role model and institutional memory.

More specifically, the goals of the award are:

  • To provide inspiration for a younger generation of journalists by recognizing work which contributes to the pursuit of justice and fairness;
  • To promote issues of importance to working people;
  • To serve as a lasting memorial to David S. Barr, in tribute to his work and teachings.

All entries must be of work published or broadcast between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 that helped to right a wrong; corrected an injustice; or promoted justice and fairness. The awards will be presented in Washington D.C. (date and location to be announced at a later date). Barr winners will be provided with transportation and hotel lodging to attend the event.”

Things to keep in mind:

  • “The deadline for all entries must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2015
  • The awards competition is open to all high school students, including those enrolled in vocational, technical or special education programs; and to all part-time or full-time college students, including those in community colleges and in graduate programs.
  • The amount of the award is $1,000 for the high school student winner and $1,500 for the college student winner.
  • No more than one entry per contestant is permitted. Included with the entry should be a brief summary of the work submitted. One original copy of the entry as published or broadcast must be submitted with four photocopies. Publication date must be visible on all entries. Failure to supply all required documents will result in ineligibility. A signed David S. Barr Award Application form must be attached to each copy of each entry.
  • Judging will be conducted in Washington, D.C. by a four-member panel, including a journalist, an academic, a labor lawyer and a member of the Barr family.
  • All entries become property of the awards committee”.

For more information, visit www.newsguild.org, email [email protected], or call 202-434-7177