AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards Now Accepting Entries

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Sudip Parikh, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Kavli Foundation are now accepting entries for the annual AAAS Science Journalism Awards from journalists worldwide who have distinguished themselves in science journalism.

Since its inception in 1945, the AAAS Science Journalism Awards (now AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards) have honoured distinguished reporting on science by professional journalists and also encouraged better public understanding of science and its impact through rigorous, informed reporting and writing.

The Awards, an internationally recognized measure of excellence in science journalism, go to individuals (rather than institutions, publishers or employers) for coverage of the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

All categories of the competition are open to journalists working for independent news organisations around the globe. Entries must be readily accessible to the public by subscription, newsstand sales or online access and if the submitted work was published or broadcast in a language other than English, the entrant must provide an English translation.

An independent judging committee will select the winning entries based on scientific accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation, and value in fostering a better public understanding of science and its impact.

Entries must have been originally published, broadcast or posted online during the contest year: July 16, 2023, to July 15, 2024. There is no entry fee.

Entrants may submit a maximum of three entries in all (across one or more categories). The following are not eligible for the Awards:

  • • Items published originally in AAAS publications or produced by AAAS.
  • • Items by employees of AAAS (including those on the masthead of Science magazine) or The Kavli Foundation.

Winners of the 2023 awards and individuals who have won three times are not eligible.

If an outlet has a paywall or limited access (such as no more than five free stories per month), the entrant must provide password access for the story links or, preferably, readable PDFs of the content. Failure to provide accessible content will result in disqualification.

For all entries, including broadcast entries, entrants must ensure that Dropbox links or other storage links and their passwords do not expire during the screening and judging period being August 1, 2024, to October 30, 2024.

Two awards will be given in each of the categories, a Gold Award worth $5,000 and a Silver Award worth $3,500. One winner for each award also may receive reasonable travel, airport transfer, hotel, and per diem meal expenses to attend an awards ceremony in February 2025 if the ceremony is held on-site rather than virtually.

All entries must be submitted online on or before 11:59 p.m., U.S. Pacific time, on August 1, 2024. Entrants are encouraged to read the CategoriesSubmission ProceduresContest Rules, and Frequently Asked Questions before sending their entries.

For more information on the competition, please visit https://sjawards.aaas.org/ while inquiries should be sent to sja@aaas.org.