APRIL 18 -- Five important and revelatory works of long-form journalism – spanning topics such as fracking, the Obama administration’s use of cyberweapons, the next human pandemic, and the war in Afghanistan – have been named finalists in The New York Public Library’s acclaimed Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism.
This year’s finalists are:
The books – all published in 2012 and written by working journalists – were selected by an eight-member Library Review Committee, which received and read over 100 nominations from publishers.
The journalists represented on the list of finalists have written for prestigious publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and others.
The winner will be announced at a reception and award ceremony on May 22.
“In an increasingly digital world, the way we access news is no doubt changing, but the need for talented, passionate journalists devoted to providing accurate information is as critically important as ever,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “The Library – an institution dedicated to making information accessible to the public – is thankful to the Bernstein family for the opportunity to honor reporters who have dedicated their lives to uncovering pertinent news and information about pressing matters of the day.”
Since 1988 the annual award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize, has been given to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. Previous winners of the award include Shane Harris, David Finkel, Jane Mayer, Charlie Savage, Philip Gourevitch, and Lawrence Wrigh. Ellen Schultz of the Wall Street Journal won last year for her book Retirement Heist.
The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism was established through a gift from Joseph Frank Bernstein, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein (now Helen Bernstein Fealy).
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