RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education work together to honor the very best in personal finance reporting.

The award is presented as part of the Money Matters resource on the RTDNA website. Money Matters is a tool to help journalists better cover stories about financial issues on television, radio and online.

The entry period for the 2014 contest for television, radio and online outlets in all market sizes is open May 12 through August 1, 2014.


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Previous winners:

2013


Radio Uri Berliner, Senior Editor, National Public Radio - Series: Dollar for Dollar
Online Blake Ellis, Personal Finance Writer, CNNMoney.com - Series: Financial challenges facing same-sex couples
Television
Don Dare, Reporter, WATE-TV Knoxville, TN -
Series: 6 On Your Side

 

2012

Radio Tess Vigeland, Reporter, Marketplace -
Story: From heavy industry to intensive care
Online Andrea Coomes, Personal Finance Writer, MarketWatch - Story: With 401(k) disclosure, some fees still hidden
Television Lorrie Taylor, Reporter, Fox8 Cleveland - Series: The perfect score



Entry Parameters:
Winning entries will:

 

  1. Be submitted by a television or radio broadcast outlet or online news operation. Broadcast entries may also have appeared on the station's website. Submissions from corporate website blogs or non-news related sites will not be considered. 
  2. Be focused on an aspect of personal finance.
  3. Demonstrate keen understanding and clear presentation of a newsworthy financial topic.
  4. Exhibit an obvious commitment to educating and empowering news consumers to consistently make healthy, educated financial decisions.
  5. Show an exceptionally creative approach to research, story gathering, using sources, and reporting.
  6. Set a standard as industry-leading financial journalism.

 

Award Rules:
 

  1. Entries must have aired on TV, radio or online between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  2. Entries may not be longer than 10 minutes in length.
  3. Entries must be uploaded to an external site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or hosted via an external URL (your station’s site, for example) that will be provided to RTDNA/NEFE in the application.

 

Market sizes are defined as follows:
Small - content primarily serves areas with populations <500,000
Large -  content primarily serves areas with populations >500,000
Network / National - content primarily serves a national audience


Prizes:

Winners will receive a $1,000 prize*, complimentary registration to Excellence in Journalism 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, along with round trip economy-class airfare and two nights hotel**.

*The award will be presented to the individual entrant listed on the application, not to a station or news organization.

**Entrants must agree that, if chosen as a winner and they CANNOT attend the convention Septemer 4-6, 2014 to participate in the Money Matters session, they will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen.


Contest Duration:

Applications will be accepted May 12 through August 1, 2014.

Registration is $25 for RTDNA members and $50 for non-members.

For any questions about the award, please
contact Karen Hansen: karenh@rtdna.org

About the Money Matters Session at the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Conference:
Co-produced by RTDNA and the National Endowment for Financial Education

Featuring the RTDNA / NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award, the Money Matters session will reveal the very best in personal finance journalism from television, radio and online. Winners will break down their award-winning submissions and share the key reporting tools and best practices they used to add depth to their reporting. Audience members will walk away from the session with several ways to creatively approach their reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.