Science Journalism (Eureka Prizes)

Sponsored by Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

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The Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is awarded to an Australian journalist whose work is assessed as having most effectively communicated scientific or technological issues to the public. These issues include the natural, physical or applied sciences including agricultural sciences, engineering, information technology, technological innovation, design and development, health science issues, issues in science policy as well as work that presents the social or economic contributions of science and technology.




The Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is sponsored by DIICCSRTE through the Inspiring Australia program. This program provides Australian Government funding towards a national strategy for engaging with the sciences, which aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society, underpinned by effective communication of science and its benefits. It is designed to encourage the continuing flow of quality information to the public about developments or discoveries in science, particularly in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, the marine sciences and engineering, that impact on our lives.

The pace of change and growth in new knowledge, including reassessments of what was previously accepted, is something the community can better understand if it is properly informed about such developments.

The prize is also intended to encourage the continuing quality of science journalism in Australia, and to encourage editorial support for quality science journalism in our newspapers, news, current affairs programs and magazines.


Judges will be examining entries against the following judging criteria:

1. Newsworthiness: timely work that encourages debate on, or adds to understanding of, current issues

2. Depth and detail: diverse coverage of issues or discoveries, and the quality of science explanation involved

3. Impact: work is noteworthy for its influence in the community or its impact in leading to beneficial change

4. Scientific accuracy: work is factually correct, objective and well researched

5. Effectiveness: work makes a balanced and significant contribution to greater public understanding and appreciation of contemporary issues or developments in science

6. Creativity in communicating concepts and ideas: work engenders interest by using creative and clear communication

7. Appropriateness of content: material is pitched at the right level in terms of complexity and technical issues for the audience involved

The judges will give particular emphasis to work that informs and influences public and/or corporate attitudes to science or to significant issues in science.

While documentaries are encouraged to enter, judges are aware that these entries often have larger budgets and longer lead times than news pieces, and will take this into account during judging.


The prize is open to individuals, groups or teams.

Work entered in this prize must have been published or broadcast for the first time in the Australian media or online within 12 months prior to the closing date of entries. Entrants are required to declare and disclose any subsequent corrections or challenges to the accuracy of an entry, or claims of plagiarism or defamation against the work submitted.

All entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Where the entry is by a group, all members of the group must meet this criterion.

Work entered must adhere to the highest ethical standard of investigative journalism - including the MEAA Code of Ethics.

Entrants must submit pieces that best represent their work (maximum of 5 per entry). Additional material can be supplied in support of the entry, but will not be judged.

Where content from other sources is incorporated for purposes of proper coverage of the topic, this must be attributed.

The following are NOT eligible for this prize:

• collations of materials previously published elsewhere

• work which is only edited by, and not originally produced by, the entrant(s)

• books, magazines and whole websites

You must submit an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013 to be eligible for this prize. Completed entries must be received by the Australian Museum no later than 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2013. Entries delivered to the Australian Museum after this time will not be considered. Hard copy entries will not be considered until and unless an online entry form has been completed. Entries with incomplete sets of documentation will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned.

The activity entered/nominated for this prize may not be entered/nominated for another Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the same year.

The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.

The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos), may be used by the Australian Museum and/or the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, CLimate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, advertisements, press releases etc. Entrants may also be asked to be involved in additional promotional activities.

Personal information provided to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes can be used by the Australian Museum and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, however such use will be only in connection with the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries. If you experience issues in uploading your entry or have concerns about what has been uploaded, you must contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on 02 9320 6483 or before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry (including Assessor reports) after the close of entries.

Failure to meet these Conditions of Entry will automatically disqualify an entry.


1. Complete an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2013. Make sure you print out a copy.

2. Prepare six (6) sets of the entry, with each set consisting of:
a. a printed copy of the online entry form as submitted
b. a statement of 200 words describing the circumstances behind the entry, e.g. the origin of the idea, effort in making it a reality, difficulties encountered or any other matter the entrant considers relevant for consideration by the judges
c. the relevant material being entered (not necessarily originals). Television and radio entries should be submitted in CD or DVD format.

3. Submit six (6) complete and separate sets of the entry clipped together (not bound). Please DO NOT bother with elaborate presentation when submitting the entry. This will be removed before material is sent to judges.

The six (6) sets of the entry should be sent to:
Eureka Prize for Science Journalism
Australian Museum
6 College Street

The six (6) sets of the entry must be received at the Australian Museum by 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2013. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, please call the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on 02 9320 6483 or email

Kea Lambert , Project Officer, Eureka Prizes
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