Welcome to the 2019 Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (NYSSCPA) Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards celebrates the year's best-distinguished reporting that cultivates and promotes a better understanding of accounting, finance and business topics.
Winners are chosen based on the creativity and relevancy of their entry to the category submitted. Deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2019. Winners will be notified in May 2019. The Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards luncheon will be held June 2019 in New York City.
This is the 36th year that the NYSSCPA - the nation’s first state society of accounting professionals with more than 26,000 members – has hosted its competition to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in business journalism.
Past winners throughout the U.S. and across the globe include journalists writing for The New York Times, Financial Times, Dow Jones Radio, Bloomberg, USA Today, ABC, CNBC, Fortune, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, CNN International, among many others.
Read about contest rules, judging criteria and submission fees here.
Past EFJ Winners: To view past EFJ Winners, click here.
The 2019 Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards will consist of 13 awards in 10 categories (print, broadcast, online, and social platform entries are eligible to be submitted to any category). Digital webcasts, podcasts, television and radio entries must be at least 45 seconds in length. A script or transcript with lead-in is strongly recommended but not required. Each submission in any category is limited to a maximum of five parts.
Audio – Exemplary coverage of a business, financial, or economic news story using radio, podcasts, social media or other online audio formats. Submissions may consist of one full-length audio feature or one audio package of up to five parts and must be at least 45 seconds in length.
- Audio: Small Media: This category is for audio submissions from organizations with 50 employees or less.
- Audio: Medium/Large Media: This category is for audio submissions from organizations with 51 employees or more.
Enterprise – In recognition of an exemplary business, economic, or financial story in any medium featuring in-depth research, journalistic initiative, reporting and creativity.
General Reporting – Exemplary coverage of a business, financial or economic news beat in a newspaper, magazine or online format.
Visual Design – For outstanding graphic representation of information, data, or knowledge presenting complex financial information in a clear, concise, visual format to enhance a story narrative.
Local – Exemplary business reporting by a newspaper, magazine, television, radio station, online format, or website focused around a geographic area whose primary audience are the residents in that area.
Opinion – For distinguished commentary, including editorials, columns, blogs, podcasts, video, on business, economic or financial topics.
Public Service – For laudatory reporting on a business, financial, or economic topic that will be judged on its impact on the public and the degree to which it benefitted the public good. Each entry may include up to five stories and must be accompanied by a description by the reporter or editor detailing this impact.
Video – Exemplary coverage of a business, financial, or economic news story in a television, live stream, or other video format. Submissions may consist of one full-length program or one video package of up to five parts and must be at least 45 seconds in length.
- Video: Small Media: This category is for video submissions from organizations with 50 employees or less.
- Video: Medium Media: This category is for video submissions from organizations with 51 - 250 employees.
- Video: Large Media: This category is for video submissions from organizations with 251 employees or more.
Excellence in Financial Journalism Book Award – For distinguished book writing featuring business, economic, or financial subject matter published in 2018.
*NEW* The NextGen Award – Current college students who showcase exemplary coverage and reporting of business, financial, and/or economic topics.
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Read about contest rules, judging criteria and submission fees here. Additional information about the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards is below.
- Any business, finance or accounting-related news story published in the 2018 calendar year is eligible for entry. The journalist or the outlet may submit the entry.
- There is a $75 initial entry fee. Any additional submissions from the same contestant are $50.
- The Next Gen Award is reduced: (30/15 or 20/10)
- Deadline to enter is March 15, 2019.
- If you have any other questions, send an email to email@example.com or contact Maya Lindsay at (212) 719-8350.