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Nominations Open for Victor Cohn Prize for Medical Science Reporting


Here is a chance to nominate a colleague or self-nominate for the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing most prestigious prize – the Cohn Prize for excellence in medical science reporting.

The award celebrates a journalist who has produced a body of work that is tough, high-impact medical journalism. Since the award was launched in 2000, mostly reporters at larger mainstream media organizations have won the award. But freelancers are also eligible. There is a wealth of very impactful work written about health science produced at less-visible Black owned or regional outlets.

No doubt that the nomination committee has been missing out on great medical science reporting directed at minority audiences. This year, CASW will consider online work. This opens up a tremendous opportunity for NABJ members, specifically Healthy NABJ and Digital Journalism Task Force journalists.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 31, 2013. Apply online or by mail. Nominators and candidates may submit materials here.  Letters of

support may be uploaded either as part of the nomination package or via a separate submission form provided for recommenders.

Prize includes a $3,000 cash award and travel to ScienceWriters2014 annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. More information about the award, including a list of previous awardees, is here.

Best of luck.

Interested in learning more about science writing and science writing career resources, then check out these Science and Diversity in Science Writing resources:

  • #DivSciWri = Diversity and Science Writing/Diverse Science Writers hashtag;
  • @TheDarkSci – Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to African-American audiences through media advocacy;
  • @CultureDish – Cultivating diversity in science writing; and
  • Voices: A blog at Scientific American that explores and celebrates diversity in science.

Additional Science and Health Science Writing resources:

  • @AHCJ – Association of Health Care Journalists is an independent, nonprofit org. improving health care journalism;
  • @ScienceWriting – Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. CASW organizes New Horizons in Science and other programs for science writers; and
  • @ScienceWriters – National Association of Science Writers fosters the dissemination of accurate information regarding science.

Dr. Danielle N. Lee, @DNLee5, is a science blogger and member of the National Science & Technology News Service.



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