ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TRACE International, a non-profit anti-bribery organization committed to advancing commercial transparency, today announced its inaugural prize for investigative reporting. The $10,000 prize is open to journalists worldwide and will recognize reporting that focuses on uncovering commercial bribery with the goal of advancing transparency in the business community.
"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," said Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE International.
"Investigative reporting on bribery is crucial for a democracy, it strengthens transparency and accountability," said Jorge Luis Sierra, one of the 2016 judges. "Reporters who uncover bribery cases in the world deserve to be highly recognized with this prize."
Nominees may be print reporters, citizen journalists or bloggers from any country who have reported on actual violations of law as well as activities that create significant conflicts of interest and related misconduct. To be eligible for consideration, articles must have appeared in print or online during the 2015 calendar year. A panel of independent judges will review the submissions and select up to two winning entries (multiple authors per entry are permitted), each of which will receive a cash prize of $10,000 USD and a funded trip to Cambridge University to receive their award at a conference hosted by TRACE International in July 2016.
The 2016 judges are:
Diana Henriques, financial writer and author, formerly with The New York Times
Dan Klaidman, Deputy Editor, Yahoo News
Peter Klein, Director and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia's Graduate 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 on a Knight International Journalism Fellowship
For full submission guidelines and entry details, visit
The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2016.
TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated are two distinct entities with a common mission to advance commercial transparency worldwide by supporting the compliance efforts of multinational companies and their third party intermediaries. TRACE International is a non-profit business association that pools resources to provide members with anti-bribery compliance support while TRACE Incorporated offers both members and non-members customizable risk-based due diligence, anti-bribery training and advisory services. Working alongside one another, TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated offer an end-to-end, cost-effective and innovative solution for anti-bribery and third party compliance. For more information, visit www.TRACEinternational.org.
SOURCE TRACE International