Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award

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The Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award is a prize given by the New York Press Club to honor outstanding achievement in journalism by reporters with less than three years experience in the field.[1][2][3][4] It has been given annually since 1978.[1] Past recipients include Mina Kimes who won in 2009 for her story The End of Oil?[5] It was named after crusading journalist Nellie Bly, employed by Joseph Pulitzer in the 1890s who, according to one account, to get material for her stories, went to great lengths; for example, she "went underwater in a diving bell ... flew in a balloon ... was arrested ... posed as an invalid, a lunatic, and a beggar ... obtained jobs as a servant, a shop girl."[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sue Macy, Linda Ellerbee, National Geographic Books, 2009, Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly, (see page 59), Retrieved August 3, 2015, "...In 1978, the New York Press Club erected an elegant memorial stone at her gravesite ... Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award ... given to the best journalistic effort by a reporter who has been at the business less than three years..."
  2. Chris O'Shea, April 27, 2015, Adweek, New York Press Club Award Winners Announced, Retrieved August 3, 2015, "...The New York Press Club Awards ...NELLIE BLY CUB REPORTER (Single Award) Best journalistic effort by an individual with three years or less professional experience...."
  3. Dean Starkman, Martha Hamilton, Ryan Chittum, Felix Salmon, Columbia University Press, May 21, 2013, The Best Business Writing 2013, Retrieved August 3, 2015, "...Mina Kimes ... Received the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award..."
  4. WFUV radio, 90.7, AWARDS, Retrieved August 3, 2015, "...Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award ... Scott Detrow* (best journalistic effort by an individual with three years or less overall experience)...."
  5. CHRIS ROUSH, OCTOBER 18, 2012, Talking Biz News, Covering finance and learning on the job, Retrieved August 3, 2015, "...In 2009, she received the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter award from the New York Press Club for her story, “The End of Oil.”..."
  6. Denise E. DeLorme, Fred Fedler, Volume 2, Issue 1 2008, Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research, Early Journalists and the Evolution of Publicists’ Stunts: From Circus Ballyhoo to Professionalism, Retrieved August 3, 2015, (see page 7 paragraph 3) "... For example, Nellie Bly, a daredevil reporter employed by Joseph Pulitzer,... a shop girl, and a factory worker, and wrote about every adventure. The decade from 1890 to 1900 became an era of stunt journalism, with reporters engaged in a series of actions considered daring, especially for women...."