Science in Society Journalism Awards
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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, 2021. Your entry is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.
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. 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 for communities and society at large. We especially seek to recognize science writing that is shaped by a variety of perspectives, because such writing enables us to tell more broadly relevant stories that better serve our readers and communities. Therefore, we consider diversity in topics, sources, audience and authors to be a critical component of excellence. A committee of accomplished peers judges the entries each year.
For works first published or broadcast in North America between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020. 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.
- 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. If an entry consists of a combination of media (text + video, text + audio, etc.), each minute of audio/video is considered equivalent to 350 words. A mixed-media entry may not exceed the total word limit for the category. Entrants must indicate whether judges should consider text only, or multiple media.
- Science Features: An entry consists of a single article of 1500-4000 words or a single broadcast of 4 - 12 minutes in length. If an entry consists of a combination of media (text + video, text + audio, etc.), each minute of audio/video is considered equivalent to 350 words. A mixed-media entry may not exceed the total word limit for the category. Entrants must indicate whether judges should consider text only, or multiple media.
- 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. Entrants must indicate whether judges should consider text only, or multiple media.
- 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 categories. Only authors and producers listed on the original submission will be recognized by the awards. The awards will be announced in September 2021 and presented during ScienceWriters 2021 in Boulder, CO or, in the case of a virtual event, online. Reasonable travel and up to two nights’ hotel expenses of the award winners will be reimbursed for any in-person event. 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.
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