🎉ACJR Awards & Opportunities Galore! 🎉

The best blockchain industry coverage in August 2021

Hello again, from the Association of Cryptocurrency Journalists and Researchers! 👋

This month, we’re taking a break from highlighting timely reporting to celebrate the first winners of the ACJR awards. Dozens of ACJR members voted in this first season and allocated more than $600 in prizes to writers producing exemplary work related to bitcoin. 

So far, more than 100 journalists and professional researchers have participated in ACJR events, including staffers from The New York Times, CNBC, Bitcoin Magazine, Protocol, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Defiant and The Street, just to name a few. 

Our members nominated, “The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin Billionaire Arthur Hayes,” by Vanity Fair writer Adam Ciralsky, as the best piece of feature reporting so far in 2021. This profile dug in deep and offered a nuanced perspective on the legendary cryptocurrency exchange founder.  

Next, CoinDesk reporter Nikhilesh De won Reporter of the Year for 2021.

“Nik is thorough and precise on a very important beat that can be tricky to get right. Regulation is becoming one of the biggest stories in the industry,” said Daniel Roberts of Decrypt. 

Attorney Grant Gulovsen, an ACJR associate member, agreed on the high quality of Nik’s work, saying, “Nik consistently provides some of the most thorough and objective coverage of everything that happens in the legal/regulatory space surrounding crypto.”

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Proving yet again what a mensch he is, Nik opted to donate his prize money to create three scholarship ACJR memberships for students and low-income researchers

To apply for one of these scholarship memberships fill out a quick application form here and mention that you’re applying for a scholarship that waives membership fees. Then you’ll be able to enjoy the full variety of membership benefits, including a members-only chat group and a wide range of events. 

And last but certainly not least, ACJR members nominated investment strategist Lyn Alden as the Researcher of the Year. Her newsletter offers a macroeconomics perspective on a variety of assets, including both bitcoin and ether. 

“How about: Lyn’s work offers straightforward, thorough analysis of important issues in crypto,” said our newest ACJR officer, Bloomberg reporter Joanna Ossinger. “The writing has a distinct point of view, with an approach grounded in logic.”

Alden also opted to donate her prize money. ACJR donated $300 to the Human Rights Foundation’s Bitcoin Development Fund in honor of Alden’s exceptional writing and thoughtful research. 

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Congratulations to all these winners! Want to vote in the next ACJR awards season, and also the upcoming officers election that will determine the future of this nonprofit? Apply for ACJR membership here.  

That’s it for August! Please keep sending us all the memes, and of course, follow us on Twitter and join our Telegram group.  If you want to help us with upcoming programs, please contact us via social media or our website. We can’t wait to see what the market has in store for us in September!

Courtesy of Neeraj K. Agrawal

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