Sponsored by The Dallas Morning News, the Burl Osborne Award recognizes editorial writing that is excellent journalism and makes a difference in a community. The award is in memory of former ASNE President Burl Osborne who, as editor, president and ultimately publisher, led The Morning News to national prominence and a string of Pulitzer Prizes. He died in 2012.
Editorials submitted can be the work of the same individual or team and can be signed or unsigned. The award comes with a cash prize of $2,500.
This year, the winner of the Burl Osborne Award was Brian Colligan of The Virginian-Pilot for his editorial campaign on "The Jailhouse Death of Jamycheal Mitchell" through which he pressed for investigations and transparency and reminded readers at every turn of the injustice done to this man.