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Texas Section-ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award

Rules of Operation section 10.A.1.a (revised)

The ASCE Texas Section Excellence in Journalism Award honors journalists for outstanding coverage of civil engineers, civil engineering projects and civil engineering issues. The media have tremendous impact on public opinion. Journalism that enhances public understanding of the role of civil engineers and the impact their designs have on water supply, transportation, public works projects and the environment can engage the public in the infrastructure initiatives that impact their communities. Public opinion can influence legislation about funding infrastructure and it can affect regulation such as licensing. It can also convince talented young people to choose careers in civil engineering.

The Award shall consist of a wood plaque which will be given to the journalist(s) by an officer of the Texas Section at the Texas Section Fall Meeting. The winner(s) will receive two (2) complimentary tickets for the Awards Luncheon at the Texas Section Fall Meeting. In addition, an honorarium will be offered to help cover the travel expenses of the winner(s). The Award will also be publicized by a media release and by being the subject of an article in the Texas Civil Engineer. The winning story will be submitted to ASCE for consideration in the "ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award" contest.

The timing of the Texas Excellence in Journalism Award should be adjusted as needed in order to coincide with the Society's schedule so that the period of eligibility is the same and that the Texas nominations are received, reviewed, and a winner selected by a date that will allow the winning entry to be forwarded to the Society by their deadline. The Texas recipient will be invited to a presentation ceremony at Texas CECON the following year.

Criteria

Judging will, in general, follow the rules, eligibility and criteria of ASCE which can be found on the ASCE website at http://www.asce.org/templates/award-detail.aspx?id=629. The story may be nominated by any Texas Section Branch, by a Texas Section member, or by a journalist. Judging will be conducted by the Texas Section Editorial / EIJ Award Committee with recommendations to the Board for final approval.
 

Eligibility

  • The award honors English-language stories from media outlets based in Texas in one of the following categories:
    • Daily and weekly newspapers
    • General circulation (non-trade) related magazines
    • Electronic/Web-based, non-trade related news outlets
    • Radio shows
    • Television news shows
  • Eligible stories must be published or broadcast in the 12-month period ending August 30 of the year of the award.
  • A single story, series or special section is eligible. A series is a coordinated sequence of articles/broadcast segments appearing closely in time and covering unified story angles. A special section also is a coordinated package, but the stories all appear the same day.
  • If an entry is co-authored/produced, at least one author must be a full-time journalist. The story will be considered a single entry and the honorarium will be divided between all journalists listed on the entry form.

Branches can nominate up to two entries for the Texas Section Award. However, those nominees must be the Branch's duly recognized co-winners — not a winner and a runner-up.

Entry Format

All entries must include two copies of all the following as the winning nomination being forwarded for the Society-level contest will require an original copy, while one copy will be retained in the Section office:

  • A description in two single-spaced typewritten pages or less how your entry meets the six official criteria.
  • All print entries (newspapers, non-trade related magazines) must include:
    • An original clipping of the article as it appeared in the publication, including date of publication at the top of the first page, and a copy of the publication's name plate; and
    • A legible photocopy of the article, including date of publication at the top of the first page and a copy of the publication's nameplate, on white, 8 ½" by 11" or legal-sized paper.
  • All radio and television entries must include:
    • A digital copy of the segment/program, including any introductory information or station ID's, on a PC formatted CD.
  • All electronic and Web-based news outlet entries (electronic, non-trade related magazines and newspapers) must include:
    • An HTML copy of the story, including the Web site banner, on a PC formatted CD; and an 8 ½" by 11" printed copy of the story, including the date of publication.

To Enter

The ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award nomination deadline is September 30, therefore the completed entry must be received in the Texas Section office by the close of business on September 7, 2017.

Mail your entry to:

Excellence in Journalism Award
ASCE Texas Section
1524 S. Interstate 35, Suite 180
Austin, TX 78704

 

 

Updated 2/14/2017

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