15 February 2013
WASHINGTON—The world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union, is accepting nominations for its 2013 journalism awards through 15 March 2013.
This year, for the first time, AGU will accept nominations for all awards only in electronic form. Nominations may be uploaded to AGU by means of online nomination forms.
In 2013, AGU plans to present the following three 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)
- Robert C. Cowen Award for Sustained Achievement in Science Journalism, recognizing journalists who have made significant, lasting, and consistent contributions to accurate reporting on the Earth and space sciences for the general public, Established in 1991, the award has been named since 2001 for Robert C. Cowen, longtime science editor of The Christian Science Monitor. (nomination form)
The Perlman and Sullivan awards each honor specific stories reported by journalists in the past year (i.e. 2013 awards honor 2012 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 the Perlman and Sullivan 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.
Only AGU members may submit nominations for the Cowen Award, which celebrates a career of outstanding reporting on Earth and space sciences. The Cowen Award consists of a crystal globe on a base with an engraved plate.
Nominations for all 2013 AGU journalism awards must be submitted by 15 March 2013. AGU will present the awards on 11 December 2013 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.
AGU is a worldwide scientific community with more than 61,000 members. Its mission is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.