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.
Nominations are due by May 1, 2012, and must be submitted electronically through the AMS Website at http://www.ametsoc.org/awards/ .
About the AMS
The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Founded in 1919, AMS has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, students, and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes eleven atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals — in print and online — sponsors more than 12 conferences annually, and offers numerous programs and services.