Moody College of Communication

Apply for an Award


The journalistic content—text, audio, broadcast, video or graphics—must be published or aired to the public.

  • Open to United States news media in the form of print, broadcast, radio or digital. Freelance journalists are eligible.
  • Published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. A series is eligible, but all content must be completed within the eligibility date range.
  • Collaborations are eligible for entry and count as one submission.
  • Journalists, a team of journalists, organizations or collaborations can submit up to two entries.

How to Submit

  • Applicants for the Dan Rather Medals submit their work directly online via the submission portal, beginning Jan. 1, 2022, through Jan. 31, 2022.
  • Team entries must indicate a project team lead for contact.

What to Submit

  • A single news story or up to three dated pieces in a series.
  • If the entry is a series, applicants may upload up to three installments/episodes for review by the judges, in chronological order.
  • A detailed statement (between 600 and 800 words) describing how the content meets the selection criteria of overcoming extraordinary conditions in reporting.
  • Your statement and media materials are all submitted online through the Dan Rather Medals submission system. Media files must be uploaded directly to the submission portal for consideration.