NAREE's Annual Journalism Competition


Recognizing Excellence in Real Estate Journalism


Winners of NAREE's 70th Annual Real Estate Journalism Competition will be celebrated at NAREE's virtual conference which begins December. 9, 2020.  Pull down the Annual Conference tab for details.

A press release with winner names, publications, and judges comments will be posted here on after NAREE's Conference.

Contact NAREE Executive Director Mary Doyle-Kimball at for details.

Award Details:

The KENNETH R. HARNEY AWARD for Best Real Estate Consumer Education Reporting Debuted during the 70th Annual Competition and includes a $1,000 Award - underwritten by the Harney Family to honor Ken's legacy: Dogged, original enterprise reporting on current real estate policy and practices impacting the consumer – including mortgage finance, real estate brokerage, housing affordability, discrimination and other watch dog issues – are among eligible topics. The award is named in honor of the late Ken Harney, whose nationally syndicated column, “The Nation's Housing," explored issues faced by homeowners and home buyers for more than 40 years. Ken Harney was NAREE’s 2008 president. 

Entrant must submit a single in-depth report, column or series of up to three reports in any medium – print, online or broadcast – under a single byline. The winning entry chosen for this award is not eligible to win an award in any other category. The winner will be invited, as NAREE’s guest, to speak about the award-winning entry at NAREE’s 2020 Miami conference. 

NAREE's Annual Competition also includes three overall awards for journalists with single bylines: 

PLATINUM AWARD $1,000 – Best Overall Individual Entry chosen from categories 1-19 and entries from 20-24 with single bylines

PRESIDENT’S AWARD $500 – Best Freelance Collection (Three stories, columns, or reports)

RUTH RYON AWARD $250 – Best Young Journalist (Entrant must be 30 years old or younger by Dec 31, 2019 to qualify.)

And GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE AWARDS honoring the work of individual journalists and teams of journalists covering residential and commercial real estate. Cash awards of $250 will be presented to all Gold Award winners. 

Faculty of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University judged this year's competition. It was open to bonafide journalist covering both commercial and residential real estate. 

Judges are the sole arbiters of the awards. Competition judges reserve the right to decide if an entry is in the proper category, and to move those they determine need reassignment as well as not to make awards in a particular category. Judges will consider criteria appropriate to the category including, but not limited to:


"Best Section," "Best Magazine," "Best Web site," and "Best Newsletter" entries will be judged on the above plus overall graphics presentation and use of graphic elements to help communicate the message to the readers.

Press releases on previous winners click: 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 -- for more, scroll through News section of the website.

Categories for the next competition are subject to change next year but feel free to look at the scope of the 70th Annual Competition - Download the complete listing of NAREE’s 70th annual journalism award categories – CLICK HERE.  

NAREE's Annual Journalism Competition is open to Digital, Print, and Broadcast Journalists: Writers, Editors, Columnists, Investigative Reporters, Producers -- Staff and Freelancers Covering: Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Mortgage and Finance, Home and Urban Design, Luxury or Affordable Housing, Green Building and Architecture among other topics in the broad field of real estate.


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