The Cyber Journalism Award recognizes excellence in reporting on cyber security across all journalistic categories. 


The 2021 competition covers journalistic work published on 1 September 2020 through 31 August 2021. The award is open to journalists doing work for independent news organizations around the globe. Entries must be readily accessible to the public and originally published in one of the following formats: Print (newspaper or magazine), Online publication, Radio broadcast or Podcast, or Television broadcast. 

This competition accepts nominations from individuals interested in cybersecurity as well as self-nominations from authors, creators, and producers.

The judging process considers accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation, and value in fostering a better public understanding of cyber security.  

Faculty and researchers from the NYU Center for Cybersecurity vote to determine the winner.


competition timeline

Nomination Phase Opens:

23 August 2021

Nomination Deadline:

1 October 2021

Winner Notification:

15 October 2021 

Virtual Award Ceremony honoring 2021 recipient:

TBD, 10 - 12 November 2021

2020 winner

Kashmir Hill is a tech reporter based in New York. She writes about the unexpected and sometimes ominous ways technology is changing our lives, particularly when it comes to our privacy.

She joined The New York Times in 2019, after having worked as an investigative reporter at Gizmodo Media Group and as a writer and editor at Fusion, Forbes Magazine, and Above the Law. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Washington Post.

In 2018, she gave a TED talk—"What your smart devices know (and share) about you"—in which she described what happened when she transformed her apartment into a smart home and monitored the data being sent out of it.

She has degrees from Duke University and New York University, where she studied journalism.


Image: Adam Ferriss

The Secretive Company that Might End Privacy as We Know It 


January 18, 2020, New York Times


2018 winner

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Jen Wieczner is a senior writer at Fortune and co-founding editor of The Ledger, covering the intersection of finance and technology. Her recent writing includes an award-winning investigation into Paul Singer's activist hedge fund Elliott Management; a cover story on the Bitcoin bubble; and profiles of controversial business titans—from billionaire Steve Cohen to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch to former HP chief Meg Whitman. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fast Company, The Atlantic, New York and Glamour. Born in Boston, Jen earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Mt. Gox and the Surprising Redemption of Bitcoin’s Biggest Villain


April 19, 2018, Fortune magazine

2017 winner


Andy Greenberg is a senior writer for WIRED, covering security, privacy, information freedom,
and hacker culture. He’s the author of the book Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers. Greenberg's reporting on Ukraine's cyberwar (including an excerpt from Sandworm) has won a Gerald Loeb Award for International Reporting and two Deadline Club Awards from the New York Society of Professional Journalists. Before coming to WIRED Greenberg worked as a senior reporter for Forbes magazine. He works in WIRED's New York office.


Lights Out: How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

October 13, 2017, Wired magazine