Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–Features

Sullivan Award

Basic Information

Criteria

Nomination Process & Requirements

Sullivan Award Committee

Recipients


Named for the renowned science writer (now deceased) 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 was recast as an award for science feature writing, defined as work prepared with a deadline of more than one week. The award is presented annually to a journalist for a feature story or series in any medium except books that makes information about the Earth and space sciences accessible and interesting to the general public.

The award consists of a plaque and a $5,000 prize.

AGU is accepting nominations for this award from 15 January – 15 March 2015.

Criteria


This award recognizes excellence in reporting a feature story or series that meets one or more of the following criteria: Brings new information or concepts about AGU sciences to the public’s attention, identifies and corrects misconceptions about AGU sciences, or makes AGU sciences accessible and interesting to general audiences, without sacrificing accuracy.

Frequency: Presented to one awardee (individual or group of up to four people) annually.

Career level: N/A

Nominee eligibility:

  • Nominees must be journalists working in any medium, except books.
  • A nominee must be an 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 the following arenas:
      1. Print or electronic publication,
      2. Broadcast or cable station, or broadcast network
      3. Freelance journalist.
  • Nominees may self-nominate or be nominated

Nominator Eligibility: Nominators are not required to be AGU members.

Conferred Fellowship: N/A

Sections/Focus Groups: ALL: Eligible feature stories must be about one or more of the scientific disciplines represented by AGU. Click here for a full listing.

Nomination Process & Requirements


AGU is accepting nominations for this award from 15 January – 15 March 2015.

Nominees:

  • Nominations are open to journalists working in any medium, except books.
  • A nominee must be the author of the submitted story. 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 the following arenas:
    1. Print or electronic publication,
    2. Broadcast or cable station, or broadcast network
    3. Freelance journalist.
  • A person or group may be nominated or may self-nominate for both the Sullivan and Perlman awards in one year. But no individual or group is permitted to win both awards in the same year.

Entries:

  • Please submit entries by means of the online Nomination Form.
  • 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 2014 and 31 December 2014 to be eligible for the 2015 award)
    • Articles published by 31 December of the year two years prior to the award year (e.g. by 31 December 2013 for the 2015 award) but dated 1 January of the year prior to the award year or later (e.g. dated 1 January 2014 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 2014 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.)
  • Please submit entries by means of the online Nomination Form.
  • 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/multimedia and non-English), you will also need to submit additional documents, which you can upload by means of the nomination form:
    • BROADCAST/MULTIMEDIA REPORT: If your entry is a broadcast or multimedia report (i.e., video or audio), please be certain to upload a written transcript, in the form of a PDF or Word document, for the video or audio portions, which you can do by means of the nomination form linked to above.
    • 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 online 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 that may be needed.

Questions?

Please contact: Peter Weiss, AGU Public Information Manager, pweiss@agu.org

Submission Process