The Barlett & Steele Awards, named for the famed investigative team of Donald Barlett and James Steele, were first conferred in the fall of 2007 to celebrate the best in print and online investigative business journalism. Awards are conferred at a ceremony held each January during ‘Reynolds Business Journalism Week’ at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
In The Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom 37 years ago, Donald Barlett and James Steele were paired together on an investigative story. Realizing the power of a Barlett and Steele team, the assignments kept coming. Their work together has not stopped since. The names Barlett and Steele now represent an elite reporting team, a model of journalistic excellence for in-depth investigative journalism.
The annual contest awards a Gold award of $5,000 and a Silver prize of $2,000, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Submissions for new organizations around the country are judged on investigative enterprise, strong business theme, writing style, clarity and impact. In the words of Barlett and Steele, “tell me something I don’t know.”
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The Miami Herald and Bloomberg Markets received 2009 Barlett & Steele Awards.