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The Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism encourages and showcases substantive and innovative coverage that informs viewers about their electoral choices. Administered by the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the award recognizes television journalism that helps viewers understand who the candidates are; what the issues and ballot propositions are; how electoral choices will affect their lives; how to assess campaign information, including advertising; and how to register, vote and make their own voices heard.

We partner again this year with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania to present the Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, which recognizes TV journalists' best practices in reducing the level of deception and confusion in U.S. political ads. The prize is named for the founding director of Factcheck.org.

The submissions process will open in the fall of 2018. Winners will be announced in the winter of 2019. And the awards will be presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in April 2019.

To learn more about the awards, visit www.CronkiteAward.org.