TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery

Publish Date: Dec 07, 2015

Deadline: Jan 29, 2016

TRACE International is seeking entries for its inaugural TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting (2016). The prize recognizes reporting that focuses on uncovering commerical bribery with the goal of advancing commercial transparency. The investigative reporting may cover actual violations of law as well as activities that create significant conflicts of interest and related misconduct. Recognizing that corruption and bribery are primary obstacles to economic development, TRACE, with this prize, seeks to honor the journalists who have brought these issues to light. 

“Bribery is a key obstacle to economic development  With this prize, TRACE seeks to honor the journalists who have brought these issues to light, often risking their safety or liberty, and in doing so have helped to improve their communities”Alexandra Wrage, TRACE President

Nominees can be print reporters, citizen journalists or bloggers from any country.  Articles eligible for submission must appear in print or online during the 2015 calendar year. If the entry is a series, at least half of the stories must be published during the 2015 calendar year. Individuals may submit their own work or entries may be submitted by the publication in which the work appeared. Entries may also be submitted by third parties with the permission of the author/s.

Two winning entries will each be awarded a cash prize of $10,000. If there is more than one author per winning entry, the $10,000 will be divided accordingly. The judges may also award one honorable mention. Every author for each winning entry will also win a funded trip to Cambridge University to receive their award at a conference hosted by TRACE International on July 20-21, 2016. The decision of the judges is final and not subject to review by TRACE International staff, board or corporate members.

To have an entry considered, the entry form with a copy of the published work must be received by TRACE no later thanJanuary 29, 2016.  If the article/s are not in English, translations must be provided with the entry. If the work is published on a web-based news organization, it must be original reporting.  While online/electronic submission is preferred, please contact the prize administrator if you need to submit the entry via fax or regular mail.


  • Diana Henriques, financial writer and author, formerly with The New York Times
  • Dan Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo News
  • Peter Klein, Director of the Global Reporting Centre and Associate Professor at University of British Columbia School of Journalism
  • Donatella Lorch, freelance reporter, formerly with The New York Times, NBC NEWS and Newsweek, currently based in Ankara, Turkey
  • Jorge Luis Sierra, Mexican investigative reporter and editor currently working as a Knight International Press Fellow



Submission Deadline: January 29, 2016

To be considered for this award, a copy of the published work and a completed entry form must be received by TRACE no later than January 29, 2016. Article/s must be in English or accompanied by a translation. If the work is published on a web-based news organization, it must be original reporting.

For general inquiries and to submit a completed entry, please write to Caitlin Seymour at Submissions should be received by 5 PM EST on Friday,January 29, 2016.

For more information, view the press release announcement here.

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