Annual awards honoring journalism that contributes to Inter-American understanding


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Cabot Prize: How to Enter

We invite you to submit nominations for the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the oldest international awards in journalism, founded in 1938. The prizes recognize a distinguished body of work that has contributed to Inter-American understanding.

Who is eligible?

Any journalist and/or news executive who works for any news organization based in the Western Hemisphere or any press association, news service or syndicate that serves such an organization; other individuals, including freelance journalists, with a long record of reporting on the region; all media, including Internet publications.

The Cabot Prizes Board, comprised of journalists and educators concerned with hemisphere affairs, and headed by the dean of Columbia Journalism School will judge the entries. The Trustees of Columbia University, on the recommendation of the dean, will choose the winners. The honorees will be announced in the fall and will receive a Cabot medal and $5,000 honorarium. Special citations may also be awarded. As of 2011, 261 Cabot gold medals and 53 special citations have been conferred.

What makes a Cabot winner?

The Cabot Prizes Board and the dean look for exceptional and courageous reporting that impacts society, and evidence of commitment to important stories over the course of a long and distinguished career. They are particularly interested in hearing about journalists and news organizations that have made a sustained contribution to Inter-American understanding through their coverage of the Americas. The board and the dean are also interested in honoring those journalists who have taken active roles in upholding freedom of the press in the Americas. Although awards have been given to publishers and other managerial personnel, the board is especially interested in honoring individual journalists.


ALL materials should be formatted and uploaded as PDFs. Supporting multimedia presentations can be sent on CD or DVD.
As indicated below, please upload each of the following items and mail TWO CDs or DVDs for multimedia presentations.

  • Nominee’s biography and/or CV listing education, journalistic experience and public service, with dates.
  • A statement describing how the nominee has contributed towards international understanding in the Western Hemisphere.
  • At least five but no more than ten (without prior authorization) newspaper or magazine articles, television or radio programs or Internet stories that are representative of the nominee’s work.
  • TWO copies of each book submitted for consideration, if applicable.
  • TWO copies of each CD or DVD for multimedia presentations.