Asia Society Seeking Applications for 2015 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia

NEW YORK, February 3, 2015 — Asia Society is currently seeking applications 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 during the calendar year. Evaluation criteria include 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” will be announced at a special program at the Asia Society in New York City in June 2015. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2015.

The Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia honors the late Osborn Elliott, a legendary journalist and author. Elliot, the former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, 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.

Recent winners of the Oz Prize include a team from Reuters for its investigative series about the Rohingya people of Myanmar, a team from Bloomberg News for its “Revolution to Riches,” series on China, April Rabkin of Fast Company magazine for three stories illuminating how Chinese society is changing and Keith Bradsher of The New York Times for a series on China and green technologies.

An independent jury of distinguished writers, award-winning journalists and Asia-hands, chaired by Marcus Brauchli, former executive editor of the Washington Post and former managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, will review nominations and select the winner.


  • A submission can consist of a single written article or a cohesive series of articles during the 2014 calendar year.
  • For the purposes of the award, “Asia” is termed as defined by the Asia Society, comprising of countries from Iran eastward up and including Australia and New Zealand. It does not include the Arab Middle East.
  • Applications from non-US outlets will be considered, but the work must have been published in English.
  • All nominations or direct applications are limited to one per writer/team or publication.

Submissions are only accepted through an electronic submission system. Click on the icon below for submission requirements and instructions.


All submissions must be complete and received by March 15, 2014 (11:59PM EST). Please submit any questions to