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Entry Deadline September 30, 2015
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About the Award

In 1994, ASCE established the Excellence in Journalism Award to honor newspaper journalists for outstanding articles that enhance public understanding of the role and impact of civil engineering in designing solutions for clean water, transportation, the environment, and other public works projects. In 2006, the award was expanded to include journalists and producers from English-language, general-interest regional and national newspapers, radio and television stations, magazines, and electronic and Web-based news outlets.

The news media wield tremendous impact on public opinion about civil engineers and civil-engineering-related issues. For example, news coverage can influence vital infrastructure legislation, licensing laws and building codes. Coverage also can affect talented young people’s decisions to pursue careers in civil engineering.

Through this annual national award, ASCE hopes to encourage continued coverage of civil engineering and related issues as a means of engaging the public in civil engineering initiatives impacting their community.

The award is nominated by the Executive Director for approval of the Executive Committee. The award is presented at ASCE’s Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Awards Gala.

Notable Winners

Mary Helen Berg
For her thorough overview of how the Army Corps of Engineers, and therefore civil engineering, has shaped the United States. ("Humble to Heroic" June, 2013, USA Today).


The Executive Director recommends to the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction for final approval a recipient who is judged superior based on how well they a) fairly cover all sides of the civil engineering project or issue; b) accurately describe the civil engineering project or issue; c) effectively explain how the project or outcome of the issue benefits the community or region; d) clearly show the civil engineer’s role; e) include the most knowledgeable civil engineering experts; and f) advance public knowledge and understanding of the civil engineering profession and its issues.

Monetary/Material Award Details

The award includes a trophy and cash honorarium which shall be sufficient to reimburse travel expenses to attend the OPAL Awards Gala in order to receive the award in person. The award is self-supporting. Allowable expenses are funded from an endowment created by contributions.

Eligibility Requirements

The story must appear in the 12-month period ending August 30 of the year of the award.

If a story is co-authored or co-produced, at least one of the reporters must be a full-time journalist.

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Lynn Wallace
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