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The Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting

This national investigative journalism award, made possible by a generous gift from Ursula and Dr. Gilbert Farfel to the Ohio University Foundation, recognizes major substantive reporting, by a journalist or team of journalists, that covers stories intelligently and completely and that raises public consciousness.

"Investigative journalists do an important job, bringing to light things that we wouldn't know." says Ursula Farfel. "I admire their courage and tenacity."

Awarded by the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University in cooperation with the Scripps Howard Foundation, this prize honors substantive print reporting that covers stories intelligently and completely. It encourages investigative reporting projects that raise public consciousness and/or awareness about the topic. Entry must demonstrate extra effort to pursue an issue in depth.

Ideally, the story or series will have exposed major issues or problems such as improprieties or injustices, mismanagement, and/or corruption. It should have provoked the public to recognize a major wrong and raised public awareness of the issue.

Open to any journalist for work that appeared in a newspaper that published three or more times weekly, or whose work was distributed by a news syndicate, wire service, online news site or magazine. May be an individual or team entry by staff member(s) and/or freelance contributor(s). Supplemental material must be clearly marked. A nominating or cover letter must be included. Work associated with college media outlets is not eligible.