February 12, 2009 - The Asia Society is pleased to announce that it is now seeking nominations for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia in print or online during the calendar year. Criteria for the prize include consideration for the impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research, and educational value in informing the public about Asia. The next winner of the "Oz Prize," whose work was produced during the 2008 calendar year, will be announced at a special program at the Asia Society in New York City this spring. Submissions must be received by Friday, March 20, 2009.
The Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia honors the late Osborn Elliott, a legendary journalist and author. Former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, he set new standards for reporting and editing and became one of the earliest practitioners of "civic journalism"—the deliberate focusing of the journalistic enterprise on urgent issues of public policy. Previous winners of the prize are Shai Oster of the Wall Street Journal (2008), Evan Osnos of the Chicago Tribune (2007), Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times, and Matthew McAllester of Newsday (2006), Philip P. Pan of the Washington Post (2005), John Pomfret of the Washington Post (2004), and Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times (2003).
An independent jury of distinguished writers, award-winning journalists, and Asia hands, chaired by Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg L.P. and former Editor-in-Chief of Time, Inc., will review nominations.
All submissions must be complete and received by Friday, March 20, 2009. Electronic and fax submissions will not be accepted. Hard copy submissions should be directed to:
Vice President, Communications
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
About Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. We seek to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul, and Washington, DC.
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