AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism Opens for Entries

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Dr. Davide A, Tuveson
President AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism 

The AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism is open for entries from print, broadcast, and online professional journalists. It will honor and reward outstanding journalistic coverage that enhances the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or cancer policy.

The award seeks to showcase and reward journalists who have produced outstanding examples of cancer journalism, and to recognize individual professional journalists who have produced accurate, informative, and compelling stories and whose stories appear in newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and auditory journalism platforms that target lay public audiences.

The AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism was established by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in 2015 to raise awareness of the critical role that the media play in educating the public about cancer and cancer research. The prize will provide an unrestricted cash award of $5,000, and a commemorative award.

Although the prizes are intended to honor individual journalists, more than one journalist may however be co-nominated and selected to receive a prize should the submitted piece be a result of contributions made by all involved parties.

Submissions will be judged and recipients selected based on the following categories: for print and online, there will be awards for large newspaper (circulation above 100,000), magazine, online/multimedia, small newspaper (circulation less than 100,000). Awards will be given in the broadcast category for Auditory Journalism (Radio and Podcasts) and Television.

Each submission may only be considered for one category as selected by the candidate in his or her application form.

Eligible stories are those that were published or broadcast for the first time between January 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021 and must be in English, or accurately translated into English. Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the prize. There are no fees associated with submitted nominations.

The following should be submitted elec5ronically online

  • Applicant background information and indication of prize category.
  • Submission letter written in English (Max: 1,000 words), which comprehensively describes the submitted body of work and the impact of the submission on enhancing the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or cancer policy.
  • A brief citation (Max: 50 words) highlighting the major contributions made by the applicant and the submitted body of work to improving the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or cancer policy.
  • Applicant biography, résumé, or curriculum vitae.
  • An electronic version (mp4, pdf, etc.) of the submitted body of work.

Download the Programme Guidelines and Nomination Instructions for complete details.

Nominations may be made and submitted by an individual, whether an AACR member or nonmember. All nominations must be submitted using AACR’s Electronic Award Nomination Platform. Paper nominations are not accepted. To read more about the award, please visit the website at https://www.aacr.org/about-the-aacr/newsroom/the-aacr-june-l-biedler-prize-for-cancer-journalism/.

Deadline for submission of nominations/entries is December 6, 2021.