David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism
The David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – News is an annual award recognizing excellence in science news reporting, defined as work prepared with a deadline of one week or less. It is presented annually to a journalist or a group of journalists for a news 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 Perlman Award, first presented in 2000, was named in honor of the distinguished former science editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.
AGU membership is not required for nominators or nominees of the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – News. A person or group may be nominated or may self-nominate for both the Perlman and Sullivan awards in one year, but no individual or group is permitted to win both awards in the same year. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees should:
- Be journalists working in any medium, except books
- Be an author of the submitted report. In the case of collaborative efforts, those involved must determine who is or are the nominee(s) of up to four people, which can include contributors to the audio and visual aspect of the entry
- Be an author employed in one of the following arenas:
- Print or electronic publication
- Broadcast or cable station, or a broadcast network
- Freelance journalist
- Submit only one entry for the award in a given year
The Perlman Award recognizes excellence in reporting a news story or series that:
- 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.
The selection committee will also consider accuracy, initiative, originality, and clarity. The committee may also consider the timeliness of the news story, whether it was published first—before other media outlets—and whether it contains information of exceptional originality, importance, surprise, or secrecy.
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