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 society. NASW especially encourages entries of critical, probing pieces that would not receive an award from an interest group. Beginning with the first award in 1972, previous winners have demonstrated innovative reporting that goes well beyond the science itself and into the ethical problems and social implications. A committee of accomplished peers judges the entries each year.
• Books: An entry will consist of a book-length work that has been published and made commercially available, either in print or as an eBook.
• Opinion: An entry will consist of a single article. Opinion entries must espouse a particular opinion in order to be considered.
•Science reporting: An entry will consist of a single article of up to 6,000 words, or a single broadcast of up to 10 minutes in length.
• Science reporting for a local or regional market: An entry will consist of a single article of up to 6,000 words, or a single broadcast of up to 10 minutes in length. The publication should be of a local or regional nature, regardless of the topic.
• Longform science reporting: Entries in this category may be a single article or broadcast, or a series. Single article entries should total 5,000 words or more; broadcast pieces, 8½ minutes or more. Multipart series may total any length. Longform entries may be for any market. - See more at: http://www.nasw.org/science-society-journalism-award-entries-close-feb-1#sthash.VxzzTHaJ.dpuf