Six finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting have been announced by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government: The Associated Press, The Guardian US, InsideClimate News, The New York Times, Tampa Bay Times, and The Washington Post. The winner of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 3, 2016, at the Kennedy School.
The Goldsmith Prizes are underwritten by an annual gift from the Goldsmith Fund of the Greenfield Foundation. The Investigative Reporting Prize, which carries a $10,000 award for finalists and $25,000 for the winner, is intended to recognize and encourage journalism which promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety and mismanagement, or instances of particularly commendable government performance.
“The Goldsmith Prize judges had a difficult if rewarding task,” said Thomas Patterson, interim director of the Shorenstein Center. “Many of this year’s submissions were prize worthy, and the top six – the judges’ picks as finalists for the Goldsmith Prize – are spectacular. They testify, at a time when newsrooms are shrinking, to journalists’ commitment to exposing wrongdoing by those entrusted with power.”