TRACE Prize 2017 for Investigative Reporting – Uncovering Commercial Bribery

Application Deadline: Tuesday 31 January, 2017.

TRACE is currently accepting submissions for the 2017 Prize for Investigative Reporting. The award recognizes reporting that uncovers business bribery with the goal of increasing commercial transparency.

Nominees may be print, broadcast or online reporters from any country who have investigated bribery schemes, business activities that create serious conflicts of interest or similar misconduct. Entries must have appeared in print or online during the 2016 calendar year to be eligible for consideration. Multiple entries per author are permitted, as are team entries produced by groups of journalists.

A panel of independent judges will review the submissions and select up to two winning entries.


  • Each winning entry will receive a cash prize of $10,000 USD and the reporter will be invited to an award ceremony hosted by TRACE in mid-2017.
  • The judges may also name up to two honorable mentions, who will each receive $1,000 USD.

The 2017 judges are:

  • William Gumede, Associate Professor, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Founder and Chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation.
  • Diana Henriques, Financial writer and author, formerly with The New York Times.
  • Rosebell Kagumire, Multimedia, writer and digital communication strategist, public speaker and award-winning blogger based in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Dan Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo News.
  • Peter Klein, Executive Director of the Global Reporting Centre.
  • Donatella Lorch, Freelance reporter, formerly with The New York Times, NBC News and Newsweek, currently based in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Jorge Luis Sierra, Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Download the Application Form

Submissions or queries should be emailed to Caitlin Seymour, [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TRACE Prize 2017 for Investigative Reporting



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