February 16, 2023 — Santa Monica, Calif. — The Los Angeles Press Club is now accepting applications for its 65th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, including a new A-Mark Prize for Reporting on Misinformation and Disinformation, sponsored by the A-Mark Foundation.
A critical antidote to the growing problem of misinformation and disinformation is serious, persistent and fearless journalism that exposes and counters untruths and the people and organizations that perpetuate them. To fight against the problem, the A-Mark prize will go to a piece of journalism published on any platform that excelled at examining misinformation or disinformation in the public discourse.
Entries might take on a specific instance of media manipulation, for example, examining its perpetrators and its impact. Entries can also explore possible solutions to the disinformation problem, or individuals or groups active in either perpetrating or solving it. In short, the work should delve deeply into any aspect of the troubling phenomenon in any journalistic format.
The first place winner will receive $4,000 and second and third place winners will receive $500 each. Eligible entries must have been published, broadcast or transmitted in Southern California, or had Southern California as the focus. The $5,000 prize is sponsored by the Santa Monica-based nonpartisan and nonprofit A-Mark Foundation, which also funds the Los Angeles Press Club’s A-Mark Fellowship for Reporting on Misinformation and Disinformation.
Interested applicants can find the contest rules and a link to enter on the LA Press Club website. The early bird deadline is 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2023. The final deadline for submitting entries is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023.