AGU Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – Features 2020 ($5,000 Monetary prize)

AGU Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – Features 2020 ($5,000 Monetary prize)

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Applications are invited for the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—Features 2020. The award recognizes 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.

This award recognizes excellence in reporting and writing a feature story or series that meets one or more of the following criteria: Brings new information or concepts about AGU sciences to the public’s attention, identifies and corrects misconceptions about AGU sciences, or makes AGU sciences accessible and interesting to general audiences, without sacrificing accuracy.

Award

Recipients of the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – Features will receive the following benefits during the award presentation year:

  • An engraved plaque
  • $5,000 monetary prize
  • Recognition in Eos
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting
  • Travel expenses up to $1,000 to attend AGU Fall Meeting
  • Two complimentary tickets, per winner, to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting

Eligibility

  • Nominations are open to journalists working in any medium, except books.
  • A nominee must be the author of the submitted story. In the case of collaborative efforts, those involved must determine who is or are the nominee(s) up to four people, which can include contributors to the audio and visual aspect of the entry.
  • Nominators are welcome to submit up to three parts of a multi-part series, or any select parts. The selection committee will evaluate all submitted parts of a series collectively as one submission.
  • The nominee must be an author who is employed in one the following arenas:
    • Print or electronic publication,
    • Broadcast or cable station, or broadcast network
    • Freelance journalist.
  • A person or group may be nominated or may self-nominate for both the Sullivan and Perlman awards in one year. But no individual or group is permitted to win both awards in the same year.
  • Nominees who have won the Sullivan Award during the past two award cycles are not eligible to enter a nomination for the Sullivan Award for the current award cycle. (i.e., the 2018 and 2019 Sullivan Award recipients are not eligible for the 2020 award.)

Entries

  • Eligible entries must have been first published between January 1 and December 31 of the year prior to the award year  (e.g. must have been first published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 to be eligible for the 2020 award)
  • Eligible entries must have been intended for, and available to, the general public;
  • Entries must be in English (or include an English translation).
  • A nominee may submit only one entry for the award in a given year.
  • Eligible news stories must be about one or more of the scientific disciplines represented by AGU.
  • If each segment of a series was identified at the time of publication as being part of the series, the series is eligible to be judged as one entry. However, no more than three segments of any series may be submitted for judging. (Please note: Whereas coverage of an ongoing activity, such as a scientific society meeting or a natural event, may be regarded as a series for the Perlman Award, such coverage is not regarded as a series for submission for the Sullivan Award.)
  • For most submissions, AGU will need a URL web address for the entry, which you can enter into the nomination form However, for three types of entries, you will also need to submit additional documents, which you can upload by means of the online nomination system:
    • BROADCAST/MULTIMEDIA REPORT: If your entry is a broadcast or multimedia report (i.e., video or audio), please be certain to upload a written transcript, in the form of a PDF or Word document, for the video or audio portions, which you can do by means of the online nomination system.
    • NON-ENGLISH REPORT: If your entry is in a language other than English, please be certain to upload a written translation, in the form of a PDF or Word document, which you can also do by means of the online nomination system.
    • PAYWALL: If your entry is located behind a paywall, please upload a PDF version of the entry by means of the online nomination system. 
  • If a URL and a PDF of an entry are both submitted, please indicate how the two versions are substantially different and which is the preferred version.

Application

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For more information, visit Walter Sullivan Award.

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