Four $20,000 Prizes for Excellence in Reporting – Nominations Open for National Academies Communication Awards

Big money available for excellent reporting in science, engineering, and medicine. Nomination deadline 4/14. -mia



The National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative *has started accepting nominations for the 2010 National Academies Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and/or medicine to the public during 2009. The National Academies Communication Awards are one component of the National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative, *a far-reaching initiative designed to realize the untapped potential of interdisciplinary research. A $20,000 prize will be awarded in each of the following categories:

– Book – Magazine/Newspaper – Online – Film/Radio/TV


To be considered for a 2010 National Academies Communication Award, the work should:

– be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience; – demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy; – address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine; – cover topics that have an impact on society; and – have been published, broadcast, or released in 2009, in the United States and in English.


Nominations must be submitted on the online nomination form at; copies of the nominated work must be submitted as described for each category. Self nominations are permitted; there is no nomination fee. Please submit a nomination to the category that most closely describes the work(s) being nominated.


Books published in the U.S. in 2009 will be considered. Please submit two copies of the book. The publisher and year of publication must be printed on the book. Advance publication dates must be verified by the publisher.


Works in this category must be published in the U.S. in 2009, and may comprise a single article, or up to as many as four articles that are unrelated or that constitute a formal series. Please submit three original copies of each article clearly showing the byline and the name and date of the publication *and* a signed copyright release that authorizes the National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative* to reproduce the article for review purposes. If you are not able to provide copyright release, please send an additional 20 copies of the article(s), or a PDF file of the article(s).


Submissions may include a single story or movie; a series; or as many as six brief, unrelated stories that aired on a U.S. station or were released in theaters or on DVD in 2009. Please submit three CDs or DVDs labeled with the nominee’s name(s), the titles of stories included on the DVD or CD, and the original airdate (with the name of the U.S. station and the program on which the stories aired) or release date. These must be submitted in protective cases *and *include a signed copyright release that authorizes the National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative* to reproduce the CD or DVD for review purposes. Submission of copies of the program transcript are also encouraged. If you are not able to provide copyright release, then please submit an additional 20 copies of the CD or DVD.


Works created specifically for the Web, which were posted in English online in 2009, will be considered. Entries may include as many as six online articles, hypertext documents, podcasts, commentaries, etc., or any combination thereof. Preference will be given to nominations that make the best use of the medium, including multi-media presentations that incorporate a combination of videos, blog entries, interactive features, and/or other capabilities unique to this communication vehicle. Include links to the unique URLs for each work(s) that will be active through October 1, 2010.

*This Year’s Selection Committee*

Visit for a complete listing of this year’s Selection Committee.

Nominations must be completed online no later than April 14, 2010. All supporting materials must be postmarked by April 14. Please click here more information about the nominations process.

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