Established in 2005, the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism  honors James V. Risser, director emeritus of the Knight Fellowships program at Stanford University and is sponsored by Stanford's Knight Fellowships and the Center for the American West. Journalists working for U.S., Canadian or Mexican newspapers, magazine, broadcast organizations (including cable) or online sites accessible to the general public are eligible to apply, as are freelancers. The prize carries an award of $5,000 and will be awarded for work done in the previous calendar year. The winner will participate in an awards event that includes a public symposium with journalists, academics and others about pressing Western environmental issues. The prize was established in recognition of Risser's outstanding journalism career and his leadership of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists from 1985 until his retirement in 2000. Risser is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who "distinguished himself as an investigative reporter, an environmental reporter and as a leader in efforts to improve the quality of modern journalism." Deadline: March 15, 2015.
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