14 March 2014
WASHINGTON — The world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union, is extending the nomination period for its 2014 journalism awards through Tuesday, 15 April 2014. This change to the submission date is part of a broader extension of nomination deadlines for AGU honors.
In 2014, AGU plans to present the following two journalism awards. The authoritative statements of the rules governing these awards and the awards’ nomination forms are available at links given below:
- The David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—News, recognizing excellence in science news reporting, generally produced under deadline pressure of one week or less. It is named for David Perlman, Science Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. (nomination form)
- The Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—Features, recognizing excellence in science feature reporting, generally produced under a deadline of longer than one week. It is named for the late Walter Sullivan of The New York Times, who was the first recipient of the award. (nomination form)
The Perlman and Sullivan awards each honor specific stories reported by journalists in the past year (i.e. 2014 awards honor 2013 stories). Journalists are welcome to nominate their own work for these awards, or someone may nominate a story on the reporter’s behalf. Each award consists of a plaque and a $5,000 stipend.
For these awards, nominations may be from any country, in any language (English translation required), and in any news medium, except books. Entries will be judged by how well they meet one or more of the following three criteria: brings new information or concepts about AGU sciences to the public’s attention, identifies and corrects misconceptions about AGU sciences, and makes AGU sciences accessible and interesting to general audiences, without sacrificing accuracy.
AGU’s third journalism award, the Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism, was last presented in 2013, and is given only every other year. So, AGU is not accepting nominations for the Cowen award this year.
Nominations for this year’s Perlman and Sullivan awards must be submitted by Tuesday, 15 April 2014. AGU will present the awards on 17 December 2014 at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Questions? Please contact Peter Weiss, AGU Public Information Manager, at [email protected], or +1 202-777-7507.
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