Awards for your best work in 2010

Published on
December 31, 2010

Last week at Career GPS, the ReportingonHealth community shared its best health media in 2010. This week, we're highlighting awards to celebrate that work. Find listings for awards specifically geared toward health, medical, science and environmental reporting whose deadlines for entry have not yet passed. For more general award listings, peruse the awards directories at the American Journalism Review and

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Health, Health Policy and Medical Journalism

Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, Association of Health Care Journalists
Eligibility: Work published in 2010 on a wide range of health topics including public health, consumer health, medical research, the business of health care and health ethics, entry fee $30-$75
Award: Cash prize of $500 for first place winners in five categories, a framed certificate and complimentary lodging for two nights and registration for the annual AHCJ conference
Deadline: Jan. 28, 2011
From the Website: "The contest was created by journalists for journalists and is not influenced or funded by commercial or special-interest groups."

2011 Journalism Awards of Excellence for Coverage of Emergency Medicine Issues, American College of Emergency Physicians
Eligibility: News stories by credentialed journalists published in 2010 in broadcast, print or online
Award: Winners will receive an award and recognition during ACEP's annual Leadership & Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, May 22-25, 2011*. Winners will be publicized through a press release, and special letters of congratulation will be mailed to each recipient's organization.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2011
From the Website: "Entries will be judged based on the below criteria by members of ACEP's Public Relations Committee and further approved by ACEP's National President."

2011 Hillman Prizes
Eligibility: Work published in 2010 in the United States with impact on social justice or public policy
Award: $5,000 plus a certificate and travel to NYC for our reception
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2011
From the Website: "Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists, writers and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good."

National Institute for Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation Print Journalism Award and Television and Radio Journalism Award
Eligibility: Entries published in 2010
Award:$10,000 awards for general circulation publication, trade publication,and broadcast winners
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011
From the Website: "Advances in health policy find their foundation in academic research and are achieved through public discourse facilitated by the media. To recognize the critical role both the research and journalism communities play in the health care system, each year NIHCM Foundation presents awards for outstanding work in health care research and journalism."

Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism, The Endocrine Society
Eligibility: English-language journalism related to endocrinology and published or broadcast between March 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011
Award: Award plaque and travel to the Society's annual meeting awards dinner in June 2011
Deadline: Apr. 1, 2011
From the Website: "The award recipient is selected by the Society's Advocacy and Public Outreach Core Committee (APOCC). The committee will give weight to entries that demonstrate thorough research, accurate reporting, originality and contribute to the public understanding of endocrinology."


Science Writing

Science in Society Journalism Awards, National Association of Science Writers
Eligibility: Any writer (or team) is eligible to submit one entry in each category: books, commentary or opinion, science reporting, and science reporting for a local or regional audience. Except in the book category, an entry will consist of a maximum of three articles or broadcasts on separate topics or a single series. work must be written or spoken in English, intended for the lay person, and first published or broadcast in North America between January 1 and December 31, 2010. Winners of last year's awards and individuals who have won three times are not eligible.
Award:Cash prizes of $2,500 for writing judged best in each of four categories.
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011
From the Website: "NASW established the science in society awards to provide recognition-without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest-for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society. NASW especially encourages entries of critical, probing pieces that would not receive an award from an interest group. beginning with the first award in 1972, previous winners have demonstrated innovative reporting that goes well beyond the science itself and into the ethical problems and social implications. A committee of accomplished peers judges the entries each year. "

Pfizer Award
Eligibility: This prize is awarded in recognition of an outstanding book dealing with the history of science. The book must be published in English during a period of three calendar years immediately preceding the year of competition (books eligible for 2006 were published in 2003, 2004, or 2005). Edited volumes, as well as works with more than 2 authors, are not eligible. A multi-volume work by one or two authors may be nominated only after the publication of all the volumes.
Award: The award consists of a medal and $2,500.
Deadline: Apr. 1, 2011
From the Website: "The prize committee may consider books where medicine or technology is a central theme. However, both the Society for the History of Technology and the American Association for the History of Medicine award their own prizes and while strict separation of fields is not always possible or desirable, the Pfizer Award should be given to a book that is principally a history of science. "


Awards for Non-Journalist Professionals

Borlaug CAST Communication Award
Eligibility: Nominated scientists, engineers, technologists, or other professionals working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors
Award: Bronze sculpture
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011
From the Website: "Primary consideration will be given to candidates who are actively engaged in promoting agriculture through research, teaching, extension, or mass communication; who have made significant contributions to their discipline or field; and who demonstrate a passionate interest in communicating the importance of agriculture to policymakers, the news media, and the public. Nominees must have demonstrated their ability to communicate by written material; public presentations; and/or the use of television, radio, or other social media. They should be recognized by their peers as scientists who have made significant contributions in their professional fields."


Environmental Reporting Awards

Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment
Eligibility: Eligible entries covering environment and/or natural resources topics and must have been published or broadcast in English in the United States or Canada between January 1 and December 31, 2010. The Grantham Prize is open to works of non-fiction produced in print, broadcast, online, or book formats.
Award: $75,000 for the top prize with up to three additional $5,000 Awards of Special Merit.
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2011 for books, Feb. 4, 2011 for all other entries
From the Website: "The purpose of the Prize is to encourage outstanding coverage of the environment, to recognize reporting that has the potential to bring about constructive change, and to broadly disseminate the Prize-winning story to increase public awareness and understanding of environmental and natural resource issues. Among the criteria jurors will consider are the significance of the subject matter, quality and originality of the journalism, the potential to effect constructive change, and the effort involved in telling the story.

Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, Southern Environmental Law Center
Eligibility: Books and journalism published in 2010 with a minimum of 3,000 words that relate to the natural resources in at least one of SELC's states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia.
Award: Prizes of $1,000 are awarded to the winner in each category. Winners will be invited to read from their winning entry a special SELC event during the Virginia Festival of the Book, held every March in Charlottesville, VA.
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2011
From the Website: "SELC's annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment seeks to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the region's natural heritage by giving special recognition to writers who most effectively tell the stories about the South's environment."

Edward J. Meeman Award National Journalism Award in Environmental Reporting (PDF), Scripps Howard Foundation
Eligibility: $50 entry fee, open to any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2010, television or radio station, broadcast or cable network, cable system, wire service, news syndicate, syndication or program service, and online news site. Work must have originally aired or published in 2010. No college media outlets are eligible.
Award: $10,000 and a troph
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2011
From the Website: "Honors outstanding environmental reporting. Award is given to encourage journalists to help educate the public and public officials on environmental issues. Results achieved by the reporting may be included."

Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment, Society of Environmental Journalism
Eligibility: Any journalism that is predominantly about an environmental subject and published or broadcast in 2010 with $30-$80 entry fee
Award: $500 first-place, $200 second-place and $100 third-place prizes may be awarded in all categories.
Deadline: Apr. 1, 2011
From the Website: "Honors outstanding environmental reporting. Award is given to encourage journalists to help educate the public and public officials on environmental issues. Results achieved by the reporting may be included."


Awards Given Outside the United States

GAC® National Medals & Awards, Yves O. Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award, The Canadian Science Writers' Association
Eligibility: The award shall recognize a journalist who is a resident of Canada and who has been exceptionally effective in presenting one or more earth science stories during the previous 1-3 years in one of Canada's daily or weekly newspapers or periodicals. Anyone (journalists, geoscientists or the general public) may submit a nomination for the award.
Award: The award, consisting of $1,000.00 and a framed certificate, shall be presented by a GAC®councillor at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Science Writers' Association and shall be announced during the Annual Awards Luncheon of the Geological Association of Canada in the year following that in which the article(s) was published
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2011
From the Website: "The award is named after Yves O. Fortier, a founding member of the Geological Association of Canada and a former Director of the Geological Survey of Canada. Entries for the Yves Fortier Award deal with a broad spectrum of Earth science topics, ranging from Earth to ocean and atmosphere. They are judged on the basis of originality, clarity of interpretation, scientific accuracy and value in promoting a broader understanding of Earth sciences to the public. "

The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize
Eligibility: This award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed;
Award: The Prize consists of a silver gilt medal and a gift of £2500, which are presented by the President of the Royal Society on the occasion of the annual Michael Faraday Prize lecture (the recipient of the Prize is required to give an agreed lecture as part of the Society's annual programme of public events).
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2011
From the Website: "The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize is the United Kingdom's premier award for science communication and is awarded annually for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences. The award was established by Council in 1986 and is given annually to the scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary."


Jobs, Fellowships, Grants

Communications Director for Emergency Response, Save the Children (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Washington, DC or Westport, CT
Status: Full Time
Medium: Communications, Non-Profit

Communications Director, Vaccines & Polio, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, WA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Communications

Senior Communications Officer, Global Health, Vaccines/Polio , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, WA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Communications

Senior Communications Officer, Global Health, Communications , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, WA
Status: Full Time
Medium: Communications

Health Care and Higher Education Reporter, Triangle Business Journal (via JournalismJobs)
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Status: Full Time
Medium: Weekly Paper

Health Producer 1, Digital News, National Public Radio
Location: Washington, D.C.
Status: Full Time
Medium: Online

Media Relations Coordinator - Public Relations & Marketing, Children's Medical Center (via AllHealthcareJobs)
Location: Dallas, TX
Status: Full Time
Medium: Communications

Writer-Editor, Food and Drug Administration
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Status: Full Time
Medium: Communications

REMINDER: Kaiser Media Internships Program
Eligibility: New journalists who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with experience reporting on health issues of diverse and immigrant communities, typically graduating from college and/or journalism school
Included: 12-week summer program with stipend, travel, training, and some accommodations, and 10 weeks residency with a news organization
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2011 for broadcast (print deadline has passed)
From the Website: "The Media Internships Program provides an initial week-long briefing on health issues and health reporting in Washington, D.C. Interns are then based for ten weeks at their newspaper, online, or radio/TV station, typically under the direction of the Health or Metro Editor/News Director, where they report on health issues. The program ends with a 3-day meeting in Boston to hear critiques from senior journalists and to go on final site visits. The aim is to provide young journalists or journalism college graduates with an in-depth introduction to and practical experience on the specialist health beat, with a particular focus on diverse and immigrant communities."

REMINDER: Food: An MIT Boot Camp, Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT
Eligibility: Applicants may be reporters, writers, editors or producers from any country, and must have at least three years of full-time experience in journalism.
Included:Twelve journalists will be selected to attend The Food Boot Camp. Winners will be announced by February 11, 2011. We will reimburse up to $750 of travel expenses to Cambridge, provide accommodation, and provide most meals to selected participants. The Workshop begins Tuesday, March 22 and runs through Friday, March 25.
Deadline: Jan. 14, 2011
From the Website: "The Boot Camp will teach the basics of the issues and address the underlying science and the overlying social, economic and political factors. This will be an intensive course-all day, every day for a week-devoted primarily to discussions and lectures. Some of the most knowledgeable researchers and leaders from universities, government and industry will teach in the workshop. We'll also talk about the journalistic issues-how, in light of industry trends to make stories shorter and shallower, journalists can successfully cover the complexities of food and science."

REMINDER: Nieman Fellowships in Global Health Reporting
Eligibility: Full-time journalists with at least five years experience
Included: One academic year of of study at Harvard's School of Public Health, access to faculty and courses across the university, three to four months of fieldwork in a developing country
Deadline: January 31, 2011
From the Website: "Nieman Fellows represent the changing face of journalism. They come to Harvard from locations as different as Bangor, Maine, and Younde, Cameroon. They work for national and local print publications, broadcast news outlets, news Web sites, and documentary film ventures. Some are making their mark as freelance journalists. Some have practiced their craft under repressive governments or on far-flung fields of conflict. Together, each year they form a Nieman class that is rich in diversity, experience and aspirations for the years ahead."

REMINDER: Online Community Building and Health Program, USC Annenberg California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships
Eligibility: California-based bloggers and founders/top editors of online news web sites
Included: 10 fellows will receive $2,000 to support the completion of an ambitious community health news or storytelling project, expenses-paid development seminars from April 28 - May 1, 2011 & June 23 - June 25, 2011, coaching and technical assistance with reporting project.
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2011
From the Website: "USC Annenberg's California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships is launching a new program in 2011 to educate bloggers and editors of online news sites on ways to chronicle the health of their communities. At the same time, the program will help participants improve the "health" and sustainability of their own websites, with strategic and technical advice provided through a partnership with the Renaissance Journalism Center at San Francisco State. This program is co-sponsored by theOnline News Association. "