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Science in Society Journalism Awards

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How to Use this Site

To access the Awards Entry site, you need to be logged in.  Click the button on the left to login.  NASW members and those who already have NASW Guest Accounts can use their existing NASW website login information. New users will be prompted to create a new Guest Account.

When you are logged in, you will see a menu on the left.  Before you are able to see options for creating entries, you will need to complete the information under "My Profile."  Once you save your profile, click here to begin an entry.

To Enter: Read details and Rules then use the link in the menu to create your entry and complete all steps of the online entry process by 11:59PM Eastern on February 1, 2019. Your entry is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.


The Purpose

NASW established the Science in Society awards to provide recognition — without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest — for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on modern society. NASW especially encourages entries of critical, probing pieces that would not receive an award from a special interest group. Beginning with the first award in 1972, winners have demonstrated innovative reporting that goes well beyond the science itself and into ethical problems and social implications. A committee of accomplished peers judges the entries each year.


For works first published or broadcast in North America between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. Categories are platform-independent.

  • Books: An entry consists of a book-length work that has been published and made commercially available, either in print or as an ebook.
  • Opinion: An entry consists of a single article or broadcast. Opinion entries must espouse and support a subjective viewpoint or argument.
  • Science Reporting: An entry consists of a single article of fewer than 1500 words or a single broadcast of up to 4 minutes in length.
  • Science Features: An entry consists of a single article of 1500-4000 words or a single broadcast of 4 - 12 minutes in length.
  • Longform Narratives: An entry consists of a single article of 4000 words or more or a single broadcast of 12 minutes or more in length.
  • Science Reporting for a Local or Regional Market: An entry consists of a single article of any length, in words or minutes. Regardless of the topic, the publication should be of a local or regional nature.
  • Series: An entry consists of a series of articles/broadcasts published/produced as a coherent, named series in a single publication (or publications working together on the series). Written entries should total 6,000 words or more; broadcast pieces, 15 minutes or more. Series entries may be for any market.


NASW will award separate cash prizes of $2,000 for writing judged best in each of the seven categories. The awards will be announced in September 2019 and presented during ScienceWriters2019 on October 26, 2019 in State College, PA. Reasonable travel and up to two nights’ hotel expenses of the award winners will be reimbursed. In cases of multiple authors or producers, only one person’s expenses will be covered, and the prize money will be split between the entrants at their discretion. However, the prize money is intended for content authors or producers, not publications or news organizations.

Questions? Contact director@nasw.org 

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