NYU Cyber Journalism Award 
Official Rules & Guidelines

By participating in the NYU CSAW Cyber Journalism Award (the “Contest”), each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by the Official Rules & Guidelines and the decisions of NYU CSAW (“NYU”) and its independent judging committees, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

Entry Period

The Contest begins on May 14, 2019 and ends on September 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (the “Entry Period”).

Entry Fee

There is no entry fee.

Eligibility of Publications

The Contest covers journalistic work published on September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019. Submitted publications (“Entry” or “Entries”) must have been originally published, broadcast, or posted online in the English language during the contest year. The awards are open to journalists doing work for independent news organizations around the globe. Print articles must be readily accessible to the public by subscription or newsstand sales.

Eligibility of Entrant

Only individuals over the age of eighteen (18) years as of September 15, 2019 who are residing and located in a jurisdiction where the contest is lawful are eligible to enter. Employees of NYU, its trustees, directors, officers, agents, representatives, suppliers, vendors and/or service providers, and their immediate family members or persons living in the same household are not eligible. The Contest is void where prohibited.

By submitting any Entry to the Contest, entrants hereby represent and warrant that they (a) have the necessary rights to do so, and (b) are the authors, creators, or producers (or co-authors, co-creators, or co-producers) of the Entry. For Entries where multiple authors, creators, or producers have contributed, these names should be added to the online application in the Additional Author section.

Entry Limit

Entrants may submit a single entry consisting of a single story.

How to Enter

Entrants must complete the online submission form to submit an Entry. The submission form is accessible via NYU's Qualtrics platform: 


Entry Format

Entries must have been originally published in one of the following formats: Print (newspaper or magazine), Online publication, Radio broadcast or Podcast, or Television broadcast. Additional details concerning each format are described below:

Print Entries: Submit a PDF of the published story, showing that it appeared in print. The PDF should show the name of the publication, author byline, and date of publication. If the PDF is not easily readable, also provide a link to an online version of the story. If the content of the printed and online versions do not match exactly, please identify this in the "Additional Notes” section of the application.

Online Entries: Provide a link to the URL.

Radio or Podcast Entries: Upload an MP3 file of the broadcast or provide an online link to the broadcast. Additionally, please upload a text transcript in PDF format of the radio broadcast or podcast, or submit a link where judges can read the transcript online in the “Additional Notes” section.

Television Entries: Submit an online link to a video of the television broadcast. Alternatively, upload a video file. Additionally, please upload a text transcript in PDF format of the television broadcast, or submit a link where judges can read the transcript online in the “Additional Notes” section.

Submission Deadline

As noted above, all entries must be received during the Entry Period to be eligible. NYU is not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected entries that are not received in a timely manner, or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunctions or other errors, or due to inaccessibility of the Internet or portions thereof.

Automated Entries Prohibited

Entries that are mechanically reproduced, incomplete, forged, software generated or other automated multiple entries will not be accepted.

Winner Selection

One (1) Entry will be selected to receive the NYU CSAW'19 Cyber Journalism Award (“the Prize”). Independent judging committees select the winning entry based on accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation, and value in fostering a better public understanding of cyber security. All entrants will receive notice of their status by October 7, 2019.

Prize Details

The winning entrant (“the Winner”) will receive the following Prize: $1000.00 USD (split between multiple authors, as identified), travel reimbursement to New York City (reimbursement for a train or plane ticket up to a maximum value of $800 USD) to attend CSAW’19 US-Canada (November 7 – 8, 2019), two (2) nights lodging at the Hampton Inn Downtown Brooklyn, award recognition during CSAW’19, and potential to receive assistance related to an ongoing work of journalism from the NYU Center for Cyber Security research team.

Prizes are not transferable and not assignable. The winner shall be solely responsible for all taxes and fees or costs associated with any of the prizes, including but not limited to any federal or state or other income tax, ground transportation, meals, gratuities, personal expenses, and any other expenses not expressly specified herein. International winners of the award shall solely be responsible for obtaining any passports or other travel documents that may be required.

Reprinting of Winning Entries

Entrants further grant to NYU, its trustees, directors, officers, employees, students, agents, and representatives, permission to reprint winning entries.


Information provided to enter the Contest will not be sold to third parties but may be shared as may be necessary for the purposes of conducting and judging the Contest and awarding prizes. NYU, its affiliates, and companies supplying prizes (or parts thereof) in connection with this Contest may from time to time contact entrants via email concerning the Contest, and each entrant consents to receiving such communications via email.

Limitations of Liability

NYU assumes no liability, and shall not be liable, for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Contest including, without limitation, errors in the printing or display of the offer and official rules, selection, notification and announcement of the Winner, or distribution of the prizes. NYU is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest and assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to any systems associated with the Contest. Winners expressly agree that NYU shall have no liability whatsoever concerning or in any way related to their travel.


Acceptance of a prize constitutes the prize winner’s permission for NYU to use the prize winner’s name and likeness for advertising and/or promotional purposes worldwide and in all forms of media in perpetuity without further compensation or authorization. Participants agree that NYU, its trustees, directors, officers, employees, students, agents, and representatives (collectively, the “Sponsoring Entities”), shall not be responsible for any losses, damages or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the Contest or from Participants’ acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize. Participants also agree that the Sponsoring Entities have not made and shall not in any manner be liable for any warranty, guarantee, or representation, whether expressed or implied, with respect to any prize, including without limitation, the prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. NYU reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or the Site, to be acting in violation of these Contest Rules, or who otherwise takes actions that do or are intended to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest. NYU also reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry.

Governing Law

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules & Guidelines shall be governed and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to the choice of law provisions thereof.

Name of Winner

For the name of the winner, send within six months from the end of the Entry Period, an email to [email protected]

Questions should be directed to [email protected]