RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association is once again teaming with the National Endowment for Financial Education to honor the very best in personal finance reporting!

The award is presented as part of the Money Matters resource on the RTDNA website. Money Matters is a tool to help journalists better cover stories about financial issues on television, radio and online.

Registration is closed for the 2013 contest. The entry period for the 2014 contest will open in the spring.

Previous winners:

In 2012, in the television category, Lorrie Taylor of WJW Fox8 in Cleveland was selected as the winner for her series of pieces, “The Perfect Score.”

Click here to view the winning entries

In the radio category, Tess Vigeland of Marketplace was selected as the winner for her piece, “From heavy industry to intensive care.”
Click here to hear the winning entry

In the online category, personal finance writer Andrea Coombes was selected for her piece, “With 401(k) disclosure, some fees still hidden” for MarketWatch.
Click here to read the winning entry

Entry Parameters:
Winning entries will...

1. Be submitted by a television or radio broadcast outlet or online news operation. Broadcast entries may also have appeared on the station's website. Submissions from corporate website blogs or non-news related sites will not be considered.
2. Be focused on an aspect of personal finance.
3. Demonstrate keen understanding and clear presentation of a newsworthy financial topic.
4. Exhibit an obvious commitment to educating and empowering news consumers to consistently make healthy, educated financial decisions.
5. Show an exceptionally creative approach to research, story gathering, using sources, and reporting.
6. Set a standard as industry-leading financial journalism.

Award Rules:

1. Entries must have aired on TV, radio or online between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
2. Entries may not be longer than 10 minutes in length.
3. Entries must be uploaded to an external site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or hosted via an external URL (your station’s site, for example) that will be provided to RTDNA/NEFE in the application.

Market sizes are defined as follows:

Small - content primarily serves areas with populations <500,000
Large -  content primarily serves areas with populations >500,000
Network / National - content primarily serves a national audience


Winners will receive a $1,000 prize, complimentary registration to the 2014 Excellence in Journalism convention in Nashville, Tennessee, along with round trip economy-class airfare and two nights hotel.

Entrants must agree that, if chosen as a winner and they CANNOT attend the EIJ convention Septemer 4-6, 2014 to participate in the Money Matters session, they will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen.

The award will be presented to the individual entrant listed on the application, not to a station or news organization.

Contest Duration:

Applications will be accepted beginning in the spring. Specific dates will be posted here when the contest opens.

Registration is $25 for RTDNA members and $50 for non-members.
Detailed awards entry information.

For any questions about the award, please email Katie Switchenko at

About the Money Matters Session at the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Conference:
Co-produced by RTDNA and the National Endowment for Financial Education

Featuring the RTDNA / NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award, the Money Matters session will reveal the very best in personal finance journalism from television, radio and online. Winners will break down their award-winning submissions and share the key reporting tools and best practices they used to add depth to their reporting. Audience members will walk away from the session with several ways to creatively approach their reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.