The Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is sponsored by Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
The prize is awarded to an Australian journalist(s) or communicator(s) whose work is assessed as having most effectively communicated scientific and/or technological issues to the public. These issues include the natural, physical or applied sciences (including agricultural sciences), engineering, information technology, technological innovation, design and development, health science issues, issues in science policy as well as work that presents the social and/or economic contributions of science and technology.
The Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is sponsored by DIISRTE through the Inspiring Australia program. This program provides Australian Government funding towards a national strategy for engaging with the sciences, which aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its benefits.
The Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is designed to encourage the continuing flow of quality information to the public about developments or discoveries in science, particularly in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, the marine sciences and engineering, that impact on our lives.
The pace of change and growth in new knowledge, including reassessments of what was previously accepted, is something the community can better understand if it is properly informed about such developments.
The prize is also intended to encourage the continuing quality of science journalism in Australia, and to encourage editorial support for quality science journalism in our newspapers, news, current affairs programs and magazines.
Newsworthiness - timely work that adds to or encourages debate on current issues
Depth and detail - diverse coverage of issues or discoveries, and the quality of science explanation involved
Impact - work is noteworthy for its positive effect or influence in the community
Scientific accuracy - work is factually correct, objective and well researched
Effectiveness - work makes a balanced and significant contribution to greater public understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues or developments in science
Creativity in communicating concepts and ideas - work engenders interest by using creative and clear communication
Appropriateness of content - material is pitched at the right level in terms of complexity and technical issues for the audience involved
Adherence to ethical standards - work adheres to the highest standard of investigative journalism - including the MEAA Code of Ethics
The judges will give particular emphasis to work that informs and influences public and/or corporate attitudes to science or to significant issues in science.
While documentaries are encouraged to enter, judges are aware that these entries often have larger budgets and longer lead times than news pieces, and will take this into account during judging.
The prize is open to individuals or groups.
Entrants must submit pieces that best represent their work (maximum of 5 per entry). In addition to this, supporting articles can be supplied if they enhance the aforementioned entry.
Work entered in this prize must have been:
- - undertaken by an Australian citizen(s) or Australian resident(s). Where the entry is by a group, all members of the group must meet this criterion; and
- published or broadcast for the first time in the Australian media or online within 12 months prior to the close of entries. Entrants are required to declare and disclose any subsequent corrections or challenges to the accuracy of an entry, or claims of plagiarism or defamation against the work submitted.
Where content from other sources is incorporated for purposes of proper coverage of the topic, this must be attributed.
The following are NOT eligible for this prize:
* collations of materials previously published elsewhere;
* work which is of an editorial nature;
* books and magazines;
Online entry forms close midnight AEST Friday 4 May 2012. Hard copy entries will not be considered until and unless an online entry form has been completed.
Completed entries must be received by the Australian Museum no later than 5pm AEST on Friday 11 May 2012. Entries delivered to the Australian Museum after this time will not be considered.
Entries with insufficient sets of documentation will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned.
Work entered for this prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize.
The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters. The judges reserve the right not to award a Prize in any given year if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.
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1. Complete an online entry form
Complete the online entry form by midnight AEST on Friday 4 May 2012. Make sure you print out a copy.
2. Prepare six (6) sets of the entry, with each set consisting of:
1. a printed copy of the online entry form as submitted
2. a statement of 200 words describing the circumstances behind the entry, eg. The origin of the idea, effort in making it a reality, difficulties encountered, or any other matter considered by the entrant to be relevant to its consideration by the judges
3. the relevant material being entered (not necessarily originals). Television entries should be submitted in CD or DVD format.
3. Submit the entry
Submit six (6) complete and separate sets of the entry clipped together (not bound). Please do NOT bother with elaborate presentation when submitting the entry. This will be removed before material is sent to judges. The six (6) sets of the entry should be sent to:
Eureka Prize for Science Journalism
6 College Street
SYDNEY NSW 2010
4. DEADLINE for submission of entries
The six (6) sets of the entry must be received at the Australian Museum by 5pm AEST on Friday 11 May 2012. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
If you require further information or help, please contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on +61 2 9320 6483 or email email@example.com.