2010 SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment

Deadline to enter: April 1

Instructions for Entering:

 

Read the definitions for SEJ's 2010 categories. (Click the name of each category to enter its entry form.) When you have selected the appropriate category for your entry, prepare the materials you will need for entering.

Each category requires a cover letter in electronic format, either .doc (.docx users, please save as earlier version), PDF, .html, or .txt file.

Book entries: You can enter the contest using the electronic entry form below. After submitting your form and payment, ship five copies of your entry book and a cover letter with the author's name and contact info to the SEJ office (address below).

Print entries: low-resolution PDF or html files of your entry stories. (Check your category for the allowable number of stories and other details.) (Help with low-resolution PDF) If you are unable to supply links or low-res PDFs, you may ship five copies of your entries to SEJ with a cover letter including the entrant's name and contact information. Be sure to follow the preparation rules.

Online and broadcast entries: web links to Internet pages where your television, radio or online news story can be viewed or listened to. (Check your category for the allowable number of stories and other details.) If you are unable to supply links or low-res PDFs, you may ship five copies of your entries to SEJ with a cover letter including the entrant's name and contact information. Be sure to follow the preparation rules.

Ship to:

SEJ Awards
P.O. Box 2492
Jenkintown PA 19046

Shipping address:
115 West Avenue Suite 301
Jenkintown PA 19046

Follow the preparation rules for preparing your entries for shipping. Shipped entries that are incorrectly prepared will not be sent to judges. Please pay special attention to the instructions, since your payment is non-refundable.

 

ENTRY FEES

 After completing your entry form, you will see a link to the payment site.

Student Category:

$15 Member Rate
You must already be a member of SEJ to enter at the member rate. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact SEJ at sej@sej.org or (215) 884-8177.

$25 Prospective Member Rate
To enter SEJ's awards contest at this rate, you must complete a membership application. This special discounted $25 fee is only for non-member students who are joining SEJ for the first time. It covers your first year of membership as well as the contest fee.

$50 Non-member Student Rate

All Other Categories:

$30 Member Rate
You must already be a member of SEJ to enter at the member rate. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact SEJ at sej@sej.org or (215) 884-8177.

$50 Prospective Member Rate
To enter SEJ's awards contest at this rate, you must complete a membership application. This special discounted $50 fee is only for non-members who are joining SEJ for the first time. It covers your first year of membership as well as the contest fee.

$80 Non-member Rate

 ENTERING AT THE PROSPECTIVE MEMBER RATE

To enter at the special prospective member rate of $50 (students, $25) you must first
complete a Membership Application then return to this page to complete your contest entry.

 

CAUTION!
Be sure to fill in all required fields! If you miss one, you'll lose any files you've uploaded! Your other information will remain intact, but you'll have to upload files for your cover letter and other files again.

You can recognize required fields by the red asterisk for all fields except upload fields. Uploaded cover letters ARE REQUIRED.

 

AWARDS CATEGORIES

 

Have your electronic files and web links ready as described above. Read the following category definitions and select the category which applies to your entry. Click the name of the category to activate the entry form.

Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

A  published nonfiction book covering a topic of environment journalism, published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Beat or In-Depth Reporting, Radio
Up to five radio reports, with a combined total running time of no more than 60 minutes, on one or more environmental subjects, aired between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010.
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Beat or In-Depth Reporting, Television
Up to five television reports, with a combined total running time of no more than 60 minutes, on one or more environmental subjects, aired between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010.
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Story, Television, Large Market

A single television report, up to 20 minutes long, on an environmental subject, aired between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010. If original broadcast was longer than the time limit, one edit may be made to lift out a portion to bring the entry to the time limit. (Eligible: national networks in U.S. and elsewhere and top 10 markets in U.S. as determined by Nielsen.)
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Story, Television, Small Market
A single television report, up to 20 minutes long, on an environmental subject, aired between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010. If original broadcast was longer than the time limit, one edit may be made to lift out a portion to bring the entry to the time limit. (Eligible: all networks falling outside the large market definition, above.)
Prize: $1,000

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Print
An investigative story, series or occasional series of up to four parts on a single environmental subject, published in a newspaper, magazine, wire service, newsletter or other print medium between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010. Only four parts of a longer series may be entered. Related stories published on the same day count as one part. (Kevin Carmody, a prize-winning investigative reporter and a founding board member of SEJ, died in 2005.)
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Print
A story, series or occasional series of up to four parts that illuminates a significant and complex environmental subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation. The story or stories must be published in a newspaper, magazine, wire service, newsletter or other print medium between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010. Only four parts of a longer series may be entered. Related stories published on the same day count as one part.
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Beat Reporting, Print
Up to seven stories on various environmental subjects, published in a newspaper, magazine, wire service, newsletter or other print medium between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010. Related stories published on the same day count as one story.
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Small-Market Reporting, Print
Up to four stories, or a series or occasional series of up to four parts on related or unrelated environmental topics initially published between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010 in a newspaper, magazine, wire service, newsletter or other print medium with a circulation of less than 100,000. Only four parts of a longer series may be entered. Related stories published on the same day count as one part.
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Online Reporting
Up to four stories on one or more environmental subjects, published between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010. Entered stories may not simply be online versions of print, television or radio stories. They must be prepared either specifically for an online news outlet or for other media but displayed online with significant use of Internet-only tools demonstrating the power of online display. Examples include but are not limited to: streaming audio or video, podcasts, hyperlinks to additional documentation or web sites, interactive quizzes or simulations. Original work published in web logs and other personal web sites is also eligible as long as the site is accessible to the general public. Related stories published on the same day count as one story.
Prize: $1,000

Outstanding Student Reporting

A student-produced story or series on a single environmental subject in print, online, or on radio or television, published or aired between March 1, 2009 and Feb. 28, 2010. Entrants in this category must have been students in a degree-granting program at the time their work was published or broadcast. Students who have had prior full-time, professional journalism experience, outside of internships, are not eligible to enter. Eligible work must have been published or broadcast in a media outlet accessible to the general public or the campus community. Work published, broadcast or produced while working as a student intern is eligible. Only four parts of a longer series may be entered. Related stories published or broadcast on the same day count as one story.
Prize: $250 plus up to $750 travel assistance to attend SEJ's 20th Annual Conference in Missoula, Montana.