Rules & Procedures

The Selden Ring Award underscores the critical importance of investigative journalism in today’s society. The $50,000 prize recognizes published investigative reporting that has brought results. Full-time or freelance reporters working for a general circulation, United States newspaper, wire service, magazine or online publication are eligible for the Selden Ring Award. Editors, publishers, educators, journalism organizations and others may make nominations. 

The award will be presented at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in the spring semester, and the winner will be expected to visit the school and participate in classes and a forum on investigative journalism. The winner will be asked to discuss the reporting, the challenges and obstacles in the investigation, how they were overcome and the results of the investigation. 

All entries become the property of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Winners and finalists grant the school the right to republish the articles and related materials to promote investigative journalism.

According to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the recipient may:

  • Receive all of the award proceeds
  • Designate one or more charitable institutions appropriately qualified by the Internal Revenue Service to receive the proceeds
  • A combination of the above.
  • Any funds retained by the individual recipient will be subject to federal income tax.