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The Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Journalism is awarded to an Australian journalist or journalist team whose work is assessed as having most effectively communicated scientific or technological issues to the public.




Entries for the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Science Journalism communicate issues to the public such as 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 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, magazines and online.

Judging criteria

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 scientific significance or its potential 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.

Prize specific conditions of entry

The prize is open to individuals and teams.

Work entered in this prize must consist of one body of work, single/series of articles or single/multi part documentary, with at least one part published or broadcast for the first time in the Australian media or online no more than 12 months prior to the closing date of entries. Entrants must submit pieces that best represent their work (maximum of 5 per entry).

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 a) Australian citizens, b) Australian permanent residents, or c) New Zealand citizens who were resident in Australia at the time the work was undertaken. Where the entry is by a team, all members of the team must meet this criterion.

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

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

Entry forms must be submitted online by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019. Completed hard copy entries must be received by the Australian Museum no later than 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2019. 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 supporting documentation, as per the 'How to Enter' section, will not be considered. Submitted material will not be returned.

General conditions of entry - Science Engagement prizes

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

A project that has been awarded an Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the past cannot be entered again. Non-winning finalist activity is eligible for re-entry, so long as it meets all other conditions of entry.

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.

Finalists will be asked to provide photos and a film outlining the work nominated for promotional purposes.

Information provided by the entrant(s) in relation to the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (including photos and films), may be used by the Australian Museum 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 however such use will only be 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 6230 or eureka@austmus.gov.au before the close of entries. The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes cannot modify or add to an entry after the close of entries.

Failure to meet all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.

How to enter

  1. Complete an online entry form by 7pm AEST Friday 3 May 2019 and print a copy.
  2. Prepare six sets of the entry, with each set consisting of:
    a. a printed copy of the online entry form as submitted, which includes 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
    b. the relevant material being entered (not necessarily originals). Television and radio entries should be submitted in CD or DVD format, or on a USB flash drive.
  3. Submit six 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 entry should be sent to:
Eureka Prize for Science Journalism
Australian Museum
1 William Street

The entry must be received at the Australian Museum by 5pm AEST Friday 10 May 2019. Entries received after this time will not be considered. We recommend that you use a trackable mail system (such as Express Post, registered mail or a courier) as proof of send date.

When you have successfully uploaded your entry you will receive confirmation via email. Receipt of hard copy entries will be confirmed by Friday 17 May 2019. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you require further information or assistance, contact the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on (02) 9320 6230 or email eureka@austmus.gov.au.