PICPA - Truth in Finances Award

Truth in Finances Award

Submit Your Story for the 2015 Award

Honoring excellence and balanced reporting that clarifies misinterpretations of financial issues that affect individuals or the community at large, uncovers financial fraud, or reports on fraudulent activities that harm the financial well being of individuals, communities, or companies in or around the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

To submit an entry for our 2015 award please fill out the online entry form by August 14, 2015.

About the Award

Certified public accountants (CPAs) and reporters share a responsibility to protect the public interest. The Forensic and Litigation Services Committee of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) initiated this award to support balanced reporting of financial issues that are relevant and useful to the community at large. The award recognizes reporters whose skills identify, clarify, or expose the fiscal accountability of individuals, companies, or governmental agencies.

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Stories to Consider
  • Elder fraud and tips to protect senior citizens
  • Fraudulent practices in private or public companies, nonprofit organizations, or governmental agencies that inaccurately reflect the financial state of the entity
  • Fraudulent investment practices that inaccurately reflect opportunities and risks 
  • Illegal fundraising activities 
  • Illegal or inappropriate allocation of donations
  • Embezzlement of assets in companies, churches, government agencies, or nonprofits
  • Breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Third-party collusion or insurance fraud

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Newspaper reporters, editors, and publishers as well as TV and radio reporters who present stories occurring in and around Pennsylvania that educate and/or protect consumers’ well-being and the fiscal health of the communities are eligible to enter the PICPA Accountability Award. Materials must be published between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Entries should relate to reporting work that uncovered the financial issues that were a detriment to a business, community, or individual.

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Entry Categories

This award recognizes journalists’ diligent investigative skills, research, and writing, abilities. There are six categories:

  • Series submission: Newspapers with circulation of less than 49000
  • Series submission: Newspapers with circulation of 49000 or more
  • Series submission: Radio or TV
  • Stand-alone submission: Newspapers with circulation of less than 49000
  • Stand-alone submission: Newspapers with circulation of 49000 or more
  • Stand-alone submission: Radio or TV

Series submissions: Two pieces of a larger group of reports, unified by a common subject or theme, \are submitted to represent the series and will be judged together. 

Stand-alone submissions: Each report will be judged individually.

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Entry Rules

Only the creator of an entry or an editorial officer of the media organization that published the entry may submit an award entry.

PICPA members or the general public may submit nominations of reporters who provided notable coverage by sending a copy of the article, DVD of the coverage, or appropriate links to a web site to communications@picpa.org. PICPA will contact reporters and/or their editors directly to request that they complete an entry form so the publicly nominated articles can be entered into the competition. 

Each submission must include a completed official entry form and a brief summary of the report. 

Submit your submission online or fill out a downloadable formpdf Provide a link to the article in the online application. If you are entering a submission for the TV or Radio category, provide .wav or  a .mov file for broadcast media submissions.

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Mailed entries, postmarked Aug. 14, 2015, to
1801 Market Street, Ste. 2400,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Atten: PR Administrator

E-mailed/online entries: communications@picpa.org by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2015.

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The PICPA Accountability Award selection committee is composed of CPAs, journalism professors, and  media representatives. The committee will choose the winning entry for each category based on the following:

  • Education value
  • Organization
  • Thoroughness
  • Creativity
  • Effectiveness in presentation
  • Reach and affect on community

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Awards of $500 will be presented in those categories that receive qualified entries. 2015 award recipients will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA) “Newspaper of the Year Luncheon” during its annual meeting. The luncheon be held November 13 at The Hotel Hershey. Recipients will be reimbursed for their event tickets if they choose to attend.

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Past Winners


  • Contests and Award presented by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. 
  • Go to PNA's website for more information.


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