Journalism Awards

In 1983, the Headliners Foundation of Texas was formed as a tax-exempt organization to formalize the Headliners Club’s awards program into an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in journalism. In addition to awarding scholarships for promising students, the Headliners Foundation recognizes media talent and sponsors unique journalism projects.

Charles E. Green Awards

Each year the Headliners Foundation of Texas recognizes the best—the journalists who report and write outstanding stories, take riveting photos and design content for impact and accessibility – with the Charles E. Green Award. Green was the long-time editor of the Austin American-Statesman and one of the founders of the Headliners Club. Green awardees are writers, investigators, and photographers, and were chosen “Best in Show” from among the Texas Associated Press contests. Green award winners receive $1,000 cash awards and the four or so winners in each of the AP categories receives $500, as well as certificates of commendation, from the Headliners Foundation. Each Green award winner also receives the prestigious Charles E. Green trophy. Learn More

Showcase Award for Enterprise and Innovation

The Headliners Foundation Showcase Award for Enterprise & Innovation in Journalism recognizes outstanding journalism that has made a significant impact on Texas government, public policy or the conduct of a business, non-profit or other organization. Professional, Texas-based news providers—print, broadcast or digital–that distribute at least monthly and that adhere to the highest journalistic principles who submit entries are considered for this award. Learn More

 

Policy for Professional Excellence Programs with Cash Awards

In 1983, the Headliners Foundation of Texas was formed to formalize the Headliners Club’s awards program into an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in journalism. In addition to awarding scholarships for promising students, the Headliners Foundation recognizes media talent and sponsors unique journalism projects.

Each year the Headliners Foundation of Texas recognizes the best of Texas journalism through its Charles E. Green Awards and Showcase Awards for Enterprise and Innovation. Winners of these awards are recognized at the annual Mike Quinn Awards luncheon, and each receives a cash prize to accompany their distinction as a Foundation award winner.

The Foundation believes it essential to reward journalists directly for their work and has adopted a policy to ensure funds go to individuals rather than to media outlets:

“It is the policy of the Headliners Foundation of Texas that cash funds to journalists for their award-winning work be made payable to an individual or, when a team produced the entry, each of the key members (maximum 5). In the event a media outlet disallows such payment, the award funds will not be distributed and will instead be utilized by the Foundation to fund journalism education. Award winners will still receive non-monetary recognition from the Foundation.”

Adopted October 19, 2016


Donations may be made directly to the general endowment of the Foundation, or may be specifically directed to benefit scholarships, the annual journalism contest, the speaker series, website or endowment in general.

Donations may be made outright or in pledged amounts to be paid in scheduled increments over a period of years. Click here for a summary of each program, including donor benefits. Click here for ways to donate. Please visit the Founders’ Scholarship Fund page for more information on this portion of the Foundation’s mission fulfillment.

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