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US$ 20.000 reward for best environmental reporting

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Berlin, 18.02.2020, 15:58 Uhr
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Berlin [ENA] The Society of Environmental Journalists in the United States will honor the best environmental journalism in a worldwide contest with awards totaling over US$20,000. SEJ says its 19th annual Awards for this specialized reporting in ten categories will bring “recognition to the most important stories on the planet”. Entries will be accepted until 01 April; latest deadline is 07 April with an add-on fee of US$100.

According to SEJ all journalists who have completed environmental reporting can submit their work. The awards honor journalists in ten categories, including feature story, investigative reporting, explanatory reporting and book. The first place and second place winners in each category will receive US$500 and US$250, respectively. The Nina Mason Pulliam Award for the "best of the best" environmental reporting will pay US$10,000 to one entry selected from the first-place winners of SEJ awards. The prize includes travel, registration and hotel expenses (up to $2,500) for the winner to attend SEJ's annual conference in September 2020, during its 30th Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho.

All SEJ Awards first-place winners will be automatically entered into the Nina Mason Pulliam Award. Winners will be announced in August, or as soon as possible after judges have completed their deliberations. The Mason Award is sponsored by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. International journalists are encouraged to enter, but if their work is written in a language other than English, they must include an English translation with their entry. The fee for each submission ranges from US$45 for SEJ members to US$110 for non-members. Journalists residing in low-to-middle-income-economy countries can pay US$10.

SEJ also offers an "Excellence in Environmental Journalism" to undergraduate, graduate and high school students. Prizes include first place: $500 and second place: $250. In addition, the winner(s) (or selected representative, if a group project) will receive travel and registration expenses to receive the award at a luncheon during SEJ's conference in Boise in September 2020 and to attend the five-day conference. SEJ's 2020 Awards Committee includes Emilia Askari and Jeff Burnside as independent journalist, Katy Daigle from Science News, Parimal Rohit of The Log newspaper, Rae Tyson, a freelance reporter plus awards director Chris Bruggers.

Sources report that the Society of Environmental Journalists was founded in 1990 by a small group of award-winning journalists, including reporters, editors, and producers working for The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Turner Broadcasting, Minnesota Public Radio, and National Geographic. Today, SEJ's membership includes more than 1,500 journalists and academics working in every type of news media in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 27 other countries.

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