The Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences

Nomination Process and Requirements

The procedure for Awards nominations is restricted to electronic submissions, unless stated otherwise. The nominator is responsible for uploading the entire nomination package. Most awards require the following: nomination letter, nominee Curriculum Vitae, bibliography, and three (3) letters of support.  Please see the special procedures (if any) section below for particular award nomination requirements. Please allow sufficient time prior to the deadline to gather all required files.

The Distinguished Science Journalism Award Committee has the responsibility to select and submit to the Council the names of individuals nominated for this award. All nominations should be submitted by 1 May 2015. The nominees for most awards remain on the committee's active list for three years.  You will be allowed to update an unsuccessful nomination at the beginning of the next award cycle.  Read More

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The Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences recognizes outstanding science reporting and writing about scientific discoveries, principles, advances, and impacts in all media outlets including radio, television, newspaper, magazine, and online.

The award is given for reporting that makes atmospheric and related sciences material accessible and interesting to the general public and is published or broadcast all or in part during the preceding calendar year. To be considered, each story, including those in a body of work, must go beyond routine reporting of an event, such as publication of a scientific paper, to put the event in a wider scientific context. The report or reports can be: a single article or broadcast; a series of related articles or broadcasts; or multiple unrelated articles or broadcasts, representing a reporter's recent body of work covering different topics in the atmospheric and related sciences. The award honors individuals rather than institutions. Nominations are considered by the Education and Human Resources Commission Board on Outreach and Public Education, which makes recommendations for final approval by AMS Council.

Special Procedures

The AMS Board on Outreach and Public Education (BOPE) in consultation with the Commissioner for Education and Human Resources is responsible for overseeing the award process and forming the selection committee. The selection committee, not fewer than five members, shall be composed of scientists, educators, and journalists, at least one current member of the BOPE, and the Education and Human Resources Commissioner. The selection criteria are to include consideration of balance of the media type over time. The successful nomination will be reviewed by the STAC Commissioner for the quality of its scientific content. Only one recipient may be selected.