As the U.S. population gets older, the National Press Foundation established this award, sponsored by AARP, in 2023 to recognize excellence in reporting on issues related to aging. The award seeks to encourage journalists to cover the challenges and opportunities for people and society in the face of significant demographic trends.
The award carries two $5,000 prizes, one for work appearing in a large media outlet and one for work appearing in a small or regional outlet (averaging fewer than 15 million monthly visits to its website).
The award is open to U.S.-based journalists working in any media format and platform, from podcasts to television packages to print/digital stories. Entries could range from well-crafted features to investigative journalism to coverage of how individuals and society are adapting to trends related to aging, including but not limited to health, caregiving, financial security, efforts to counter age discrimination and stereotypes associated with aging.
Entries should include journalism published or broadcast from Oct. 1, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2023.
The application deadline is Oct. 16, 2023.