Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting January 31, 2014
Entry Deadline April 15, 2014
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Named for the renowned science writer of The New York Times, the first Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism was presented to Sullivan in 1989. Effective in 2000, it has been recast as an award for science feature writing, defined as work prepared with a deadline of more than one week.

Tips for Winning:

1. Union wide criteria: Related to science and society, and talent pool goals.

2. Defining characteristics: Focused on excellence and impact and aligns with the Vision/Mission of the organization (not intended to be prescriptive)

Notable Winners

2014
Elizabeth Kolbert

2013
Tim Folger

2012
Stephen S. Hall

Jury

Monetary/Material Award Details

$5,000

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible entries must have been first published between 1 January and 31 December of the year prior to the award year

Open to self-nominations and the public. Submissions are welcomed from any country and in any language (English translation is required).

• Nominations are open to journalists working in any medium, except books.
• A nominee must be the author of the submitted report. In the case of collaborative efforts, those involved must determine who is or are the nominee(s) up to four people, which can include contributors to the audio and visual aspect of the entry.
• The nominee must be an author who is employed in one of the following arenas:
◘ Print or electronic publication,
◘ Broadcast or cable station, or broadcast network,
◘ Freelance journalist
• A person or group may be nominated or may self-nominate for both the Perlman and Sullivan awards in one year. But no individual or group is permitted to win both awards in the same year.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Nominations should address one or more of the following sections and focus groups, each of which represents a broad range of disciplines that comprise AGU:

Atmospheric and Space Electricity; Atmospheric Sciences; Biogeosciences; Cryosphere Sciences; Earth and Space Science Informatics; Geodesy; Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism; Global Environmental Change; Hydrology; Mineral and Rock Physics; Near Surface Geophysics; Nonlinear Geophysics; Ocean Sciences; Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology; Planetary Sciences; Seismology; Space Physics and Aeronomy; Study of the Earth's Deep Interior; Tectonophysics; Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology

• Eligible entries must have been first published between 1 January and 31 December of the year prior to the award year (e.g. must have been first published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 to be eligible for the 2014 award)
•Articles published by 31 December of the year two years prior to the award year (e.g. by 31 December 2012 for the 2014 award) but dated 1 January of the year prior to the award year or later (e.g. dated 1 January 2013 or later) may be submitted for the award, if they were not submitted for the previous year’s award (e.g. were not submitted for the 2013 award).

• Eligible entries must have been intended for, and available to, the general public;

• Entries must be in English (or include an English translation).

• A nominee may submit only one entry for the award in a given year.

• If each segment of a series was identified at the time of publication as being part of the series, the series is eligible to be judged as one entry. However, no more than three segments of any series may be submitted for judging. (Please note: Whereas coverage of an ongoing activity, such as a scientific society meeting or a natural event, may be regarded as a series for the Perlman Award, such coverage is not regarded as a series for submission for the Sullivan Award.)

Entry Format

SUBMISSION METHODS:

AGU is accepting nominations for this award from 31 January - 15 April 2014.

For most submissions, AGU will need a URL web address for the entry, which you can enter into the nomination form. However, for two types of entries (broadcast and non-English), you will also need to submit additional documents, which you can upload by means of the nomination form:

• BROADCAST REPORT: If your entry is a broadcast report (i.e., video or audio), please be certain to upload a written transcript, in the form of a PDF or Word document, which you can do by means of the nomination form.
• NON-ENGLISH REPORT: If your entry is in a language other than English, please be certain to upload a written translation, in the form of a PDF or Word document, which you can also do by means of the nomination form.

Most nominations for the Sullivan award are submitted by the author(s) of the entry. However, if you are submitting a nomination, but are not the nominee, please be certain to fill out the lower portion of the Nomination Form with information about yourself. AGU will contact the nominee(s) to ask if the nomination should move forward and to request any additional materials needed.

Contact Information

Peter Weiss, AGU Public Information Manager
[email protected]

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