Deadline: 1 August 2020
The AAAS Science Journalism Awards have honored professional journalists for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. In recognition of a generous endowment by The Kavli Foundation, the awards now are called the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards, and the contest is open to journalists worldwide.
The awards are open to reporters doing work for independent news organizations around the world. Articles must be readily accessible to the public by subscription, newsstand sales or online access. If the submitted work was published or broadcast in a language other than English, you must provide an English translation.
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- Science Reporting – Large Outlet: Text pieces in print or online from large newspapers with a circulation of more than 150,000 (largest single day, including digital subscriptions) and digital-only publications with a regional or national audience. Online-only news outlets with 50 or more staff employees are included in this category. An entry can include a themed series (submit three parts for judging) or up to three related or unrelated pieces combined. Total of 5,000 words or less.
- Science Reporting – Small Outlet: Text pieces in print or online from small newspapers with circulation of 150,000 or less (largest single day, including digital subscriptions) and digital-only publications with a local audience. Online-only news outlets with fewer than 50 staff employees are included in this category. An entry can include a themed series (submit three parts for judging) or up to three related or unrelated pieces combined. Total of 5,000 words or less.
- Science Reporting – In-Depth: An entry of more than 5,000 words for a newspaper, magazine or online site. Entry can be a single story; submission of two or three related or unrelated pieces as a single entry of more than 5,000 words; or a themed series of 5,000 words or more (submit no more than three parts for judging).
- Magazine: Stories in print magazines, on magazine websites or in digital-only magazines. 5,000 words or less. An entry can include up to three related or unrelated pieces, totaling no more than 5,000 words. Includes Sunday magazine sections of newspapers.
- Video In-Depth Reporting: Segments or programs longer than 20 minutes. Includes stand-alone online videos.
- Video Spot News/Feature Reporting: Segments or programs totaling 20 minutes or less. Includes stand-alone online videos.
- Audio: Radio or Podcast.
- Children’s Science News: Open to journalists working in any medium – print, broadcast or online – for excellence in reporting science news for children, including young teens up to age 14.
- Two awards will be given in each of the Categories, a Gold award worth $5,000 and a Silver award worth $3,500.
- One winner for each award also will receive reasonable travel, airport transfer, hotel, and per diem meal expenses to attend the awards ceremony in February 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona, and claim the award.
- Entrants agree that, if they win, they will attend the ceremony unless AAAS agrees in its discretion to waive this requirement, typically only in exigent circumstances or circumstances beyond a Winner’s control. In cases of multiple authors or producers, only one person’s travel expenses will be covered.
- The approximate retail value of the trip is $1,500 for U.S.-based winners and $2,500 for international winners. The value may vary based upon the point of departure and fluctuations in airfare and hotel accommodations.
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- Only individuals over the age of eighteen (18) years who are residing and located in a jurisdiction where the contest is lawful are eligible to enter.
- Employees of AAAS or The Kavli Foundation, or their affiliates, subsidiaries, suppliers, vendors and/or service providers, and their immediate family members or persons living in the same household are not eligible.
- The awards are open to journalists doing work for independent news organizations around the globe.
- The Contest is void where prohibited. Individual winners of the 2019 awards are not eligible, and individuals who have won a total of three times are no longer eligible.
For more information, visit https://sjawards.aaas.org/enter