The US National Association of Science Writers (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.
NASW will award separate cash prizes of $2,500 for writing judged best in each of four categories:
- commentary or opinion
- science reporting
- science reporting for a local or regional audience.
With the exception of the book category, prizes will be platform independent. We’re open to entries from print, broadcast, and online journalists.
Winners and their publishers/ broadcasters will also receive certificates. The awards will be presented at an NASW reception in October 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Reasonable travel and hotel expenses for the award winners will be reimbursed. In cases of multiple authors or producers, only one person’s expenses will be covered.
Science in Society Journalism Awards Co-Chairs: Dan Ferber, freelance; Robert Finn, San Francisco Bureau chief International Medical News Group
Any writer (or team) is eligible to submit one entry in each category. except in the book category, an entry will consist of a maximum of three articles or broadcasts on separate topics or a single series.
Work must be written or spoken in English, intended for the lay person, and first published or broadcast in north America between January 1 and december 31, 2010. Winners of last year’s awards and individuals who have won three times are not eligible.