Deadlines Soon for Guild's Heywood Broun, Barr Contests

December 12, 2012

The 2011 winners of NewsGuild's Heywood Broun and David S. Barr awards.

2012 Heywood Broun Award Eligibility and Requirements


2012 David S. Barr Award – Eligibility and Requirements with Application


First presented in 1941, the Broun Award not only is among the most long-lived and most honored journalism prizes, but in an age of team-generated, prize-targeting projects still specifically seeks to honor individual effort. Moreover, the Broun Award prizes above all else the kind of journalism that makes a difference—reporting that “helps right a wrong or correct an injustice.”

The postmark deadline for each year’s Broun entries is the last Friday in January, which in 2013 will be Jan. 25. Entries should be of work largely published or broadcast in calendar year 2012 and require a supporting letter explaining the circumstances behind the entry and its consequences. First prize is a plaque and $5,000 prize, plus up to two awards of $1,000 each to runner-up entries “of substantial distinction.”

Sharing the spotlight with the Broun Award each year is the David S. Barr Award, which is presented to one high school and one college journalism entry for reporting that promotes issues of importance to working people and that contributes to the pursuit of justice and fairness.

The Barr entries have a Jan. 31 postmark deadline. Unlike Broun entries—which may be submitted by anyone on behalf of anyone—Barr submissions must be supported by a faculty member’s statement. The awards include plaques and a $1,000 prize at the high school level, $1,500 for the college winner. Additional information about preparing entries for both awards can be found at the TNG-CWA website,

Both awards are named after formative influences in the Newspaper Guild’s development. Heywood Broun was the Guild’s founding spirit, its first president, a highly successful crusading newspaper columnist, a Congressional candidate on the Socialist ticket and a mensch. His outlook may have been summarized best in a 1933 passage when he wrote, “I am a little sick and tired of being classed as soft, bourgeois and sentimental if I say that human brotherhood could solve overnight the problems concerning which men shake their heads and say, ‘It’s too bad but insurmountable.’ ”

David Barr was more recently, and for a great many years, the Guild’s general counsel—and more importantly, its mentor and moral compass.