Since June 2002, the Weidenbaum Center has hosted its annual Media Retreat, bringing writers, reporters, editors, and producers together with academic and business experts. Over the years the focus has been refined to an intense, interactive seminar that examines the role that numbers, statistics, and data analysis play in the news, public policy, and politics. We are very proud of our Media Retreat and honored that so many fine journalists have participated in it. With this in mind, the Weidenbaum Center has established an award, "The Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism."
This award will be made annually to recognize a past participant whose work represents quality journalism on public policy that embodies the principles of the Media Retreat.
Each year, a committee comprised of Media Retreat seminar leaders will determine who will receive the award. All past Media Retreat participants are eligible to enter. To do so, please forward written articles, electronic media including blogs, audio and video – or links to site locations – to Gloria Lucy, Weidenbaum Center, Washington University, Campus Box 1027, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include a brief summary of the principles learned from the Media Retreat that is embodied in the submission. The Winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a recognition plaque to be presented to the recipient during the Retreat. (The winner is also invited to attend the entire Retreat, should he or she desire.)
2016 - Michael Fletcher, Washington Post (now with "The Undefeated" at ESPN)
2015 - Mark Binker, WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)
2014 - Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact/Tampa Bay Times
2013 - Joseph Neff, The News & Observer
2011 - Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers
2010 - Catherine Rampell, The New York Times (now with the Washington Post)