The world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) plans to present the two awards listed below.
The Perlman and Sullivan awards each honor specific stories reported by journalists in the past year (i.e. 2018 awards honor 2017 stories). Journalists are welcome to nominate their own work for these awards, or someone may nominate a story on the reporter’s behalf. A nominee may submit only one entry for each award in a given year (i.e. one entry for the Perlman and one entry for the Sullivan). Each award consists of a plaque and a $5,000 award.
For the Perlman and Sullivan awards, nominations may be from any country, in any language (English translation required), and in any news medium, except books. Entries will be judged by how well they meet one or more of the following three criteria: Brings new information or concepts about AGU sciences to the public’s attention, identifies and corrects misconceptions about AGU sciences, and makes AGU sciences accessible and interesting to general audiences, without sacrificing accuracy.
Both the Perlman and Sullivan award selection committees will also consider accuracy, initiative, originality and clarity. The Perlman award selection committee may also consider the timeliness of the news story, whether it was published first, before other media outlets, and whether it contains information of exceptional originality, importance, surprise or secrecy.