Reynolds Center Accepts Entries for Barlett & Steele Investigative Business Journalism Awards

by May 22, 2017
The 2017 Barlett & Steele Awards invite journalists to submit their best investigative reporting.

The 2017 Barlett & Steele Awards are now open for submissions. Journalists are invited to enter their best investigative business reporting.

Entries are now being accepted for the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, the nation’s top investigative business journalism contest.

The annual awards contest, named in honor of renowned investigative business journalists Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, celebrates the best in investigative business journalism each year. It is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Entry rules and a link to the application are available here. Gold, silver and bronze winners receive cash awards of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

Former winners

Last year’s Barlett & Steele Gold Award-winning entry, “The Panama Papers” by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Süddeutsche Zeitung and 107 Media Partners, went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. The 2016 Silver Award went to The Wall Street Journal for “Testing Theranos,” and the Los Angeles Times received the Bronze Award for “OxyContin’s 12-Hour Problem.”

“Stunning investigative business stories such as the ‘Panama Papers’ and ‘Fish from Slaves’ that received Barlett & Steele Awards in recent years reflect growing momentum in probing the world of money,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center. “We look forward to the next group of entries from dedicated journalists and diverse news organizations.”

Entries for this year’s contest must have been published between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Editors or contest coordinators of media outlets may submit up to two entries, each containing up to four articles. The entry deadline is July 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

About Barlett and Steele

Barlett and Steele have worked together for more than three decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer (1971-1997), where they won two Pulitzer Prizes and scores of other national journalism awards, then at Time magazine (1997-2006), where they earned two National Magazine Awards, becoming the first journalists in history to win both the Pulitzer and its magazine equivalent. They are now contributing editors at Vanity Fair and at CNN’s new investigative reporting initiative.

In addition to the awards contest, the Reynolds Center at the Cronkite School provides journalists with training and resources to help them cover business better. Since 2003, more than 22,000 journalists have benefitted from the center’s free training, much of which is available at

The center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $145 million nationwide through its journalism program.

For more information, contact Reynolds Center President Andrew Leckey at