Each year, the Institute on Political Journalism recognizes excellence in collegiate reporting by awarding the Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Awards. Judges seek entries that show initiative and original reporting and superior writing skills. Over 225 entries from college journalists from across the United States were submitted for this year’s awards.
Taking the top prize was Robert Corrigan, a reporter from Stanford University’s independent newspaper The Stanford Review. The award comes with a $5,000 cash prize that will be presented at a ceremony on June 30th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Corrigan won for investigative reports on unethical spending habits of former student government officials and on the questionable financial practices of another newspaper at Stanford. His investigations inspired debates on campus and led to reforms within Stanford’s student government.
The second place award which comes with a $2,500 cash prize was won by Jesse Naiman, a reporter for the independent newspaper, The Observer at Boston College. The third place $1,500 award will be given to reporter, Sam Levin, from the Columbia Daily Spectator at Columbia College.
Tim Carney a reporter with the Washington Examiner and a judge of the Novak award said, “With the passing of Bob Novak last summer, there is a special poignancy to this year’s award. Novak served as a judge for these awards for years and he always enjoyed reading the many excellent entries from young journalists. Novak was one of the best journalists of his time, dedicated to exposing the machinations of the powerful. It is our hope that the winners of this award will follow in his footsteps.”