The Fischer-Zernin Award is a new student journalism award underwritten by Max Fischer-Zernin, one of the original student researchers in the Duke Reporters’ Lab who graduated from Duke in 2015.

“Duke students have a tremendous opportunity to contribute to Durham’s civic discourse by shining a light on misunderstood or overlooked community issues,” said Fischer-Zernin. “This award seeks to encourage Duke students to apply the skills they develop on campus to produce original journalism that engages and informs the communities they cover.”

 

The award, for articles/podcasts/video segments published in the prior calendar year, will carry a $500 prize. It will be presented in April at the annual DeWitt Wallace Center journalism awards ceremony along with the Melcher Award for Excellence in Student Journalism and the Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism by a Duke alum

 

COVID-19 Update: The 2019 Fischer-Zernin Award recipients will be recognized at a dinner in the Fall semester, 2020.

 

Students can submit work for the Melcher or Fischer-Zernin awards using this form. The deadline is Feb. 1.

Contact shelley.stonecipher@duke.edu if you have any questions.

Fischer-Zernin Local News Award Recipients

 

2019

Ben Leonard, The death of Bill Bishop: Did the dog it?, The 9th Street Journal, and INDY Week, November 24, 2019

Erin Williams, Satana DeBerry and the quest to reform justice in Durham, The 9th Street Journal and INDY Week, December 17, 2019

2018

Bill McCarthy, for a series of fact-checks about North Carolina’s congressional races in the weeks leading up to 2018 Election Day:

Does this GOP candidate actually want to ‘abolish’ the Department of Education?

Republican ‘voted to gut protections for pre-existing conditions?’ There’s more to it.

George Holding misleads on Obamacare premium increase during debate

Produced by the North Carolina Fact-Checking Project, The News & Observer and PolitiFact NC, 2018

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