Fact-checking broadcast journalism to be recognized in annual competition

The best political fact-checking journalism during the midterm election season will be recognized through the annual Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages.

Entries for the award, sponsored through a partnership between the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, must be postmarked by Jan. 9, 2015. An early bird deadline with a reduced entry fee is Dec. 12, 2014.

The award, named for the founding director of FactCheck.org, recognizes television journalists’ “best practices in reducing the level of deception and confusion in U.S. political ads,” according to the Annenberg announcement. The prize recognizes journalists’ work during the 2013-14 midterm election season.

KUSA-TV in Denver was last year’s winner for its “Truth Test” political fact-checking series.

The fact-checking prize is one of several in the 2015 Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. The event honors journalistic excellence in national and local cable, public and broadcast station journalism.

The awards will be presented April 24, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The entry form can be found here; FAQs are here.