Collier Prize for State Government Accountability

The $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability is one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation, and is designed to encourage coverage of state government, focusing on investigative and political reporting. The prize will be awarded annually at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

See rules and information below. Click here to enter.

2021 Winner: The Marshall Project and Mississippi Today
The Collier Prize for State Government Accountability

A five-part series taking readers inside America’s most dangerous penal system earned The Marshall Project and Mississippi Today the 2021 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability. The 2020 series, “Mississippi Penal System, Uncovered,” chronicled the violence in Mississippi prisons where neither inmates nor guards are safe, financial improprieties with the private company running Mississippi prisons, and the continued existence of debtors’ prisons.

story by cleveland.com on the vast network of influence that utility company FirstEnergy had on lawmakers throughout the state, was named runner-up.

READ MORE

2020 Winner: The Oregonian

A four-part series telling the story of how corporate cash corrupted one of the greenest states in America earned The Oregonian the first Collier Prize for State Government Accountability. The February 2019 series, “Polluted by Money,” identified specific problems in Oregon: Campaign contributions with no limits, loose rules on how campaign contributions can be spent by recipient politicians, and a weak oversight regime by a regulatory agency with no teeth.

Runners up included a joint project between the Center for Public Integrity and the USA Today Network for “Copy, Paste, Legislate,”and the Philadelphia Inquirer for their series, “Beaten, then Silenced.

READ MORE

ENTRY SUBMISSION FOR THE 2022 PRIZE IS NOW OPEN

For more information, send an e-mail to collierprize@ufl.edu or complete this form.