Rich Beckman Documentary Award


The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Rich Beckman, who directed the  visual communication program in the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media from 1978 to 2008. Beckman’s work focuses on documentary multimedia for social change and has worked with a number of organizations as a documentary producer and educator.

The award honors his tradition of strong documentary work by funding a student or a team of students each year to pursue a long-form storytelling project. Previous grantees have worked in such places as the Philippines, Ecuador, the Grand Canyon and Louisiana.

This award goes to a journalism student or students to conduct fieldwork for documentary storytelling or interactive multimedia projects. The scholarship was created to enable journalism students to produce stories they might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue.

Undergraduate majors and graduate students are eligible to apply. Graduating students are not eligible to apply. 

The resulting work should be of content and quality suitable for publication, and students must complete their projects within one year of receipt of the funds.



Special Considerations

For Summer 2022 proposals, all work must be conducted in United States in accordance with UNC-Chapel Hill pandemic travel restrictions.

Students must have completed at least one photojournalism course in the school before applying. For more information, contact Laura Ruel.