The Geosciences in the Media Award is given to a person in recognition of notable journalistic achievement in any medium which contributes to public understanding of geology, energy resources, or the technology of oil and gas exploration. Granting of this award in any year is discretionary.

 

2014

Scott SampsonHarry LynchScott Wheeler Tinker

2013

Kirk R JohnsonRay Troll

2012

Nick Eyles

2011

Ronald BlakeyTom Zoellner

2008

R. Tyler Priest

2007

Michael John Economides

2006

Michael Crichton

2005

Bill Bryson

2004

Halka ChronicHalfdan Carstens

2003

Ron RedfernSimon Winchester

2001

Mountain Press

2000

Walter Lewellyn Youngquist

1999

Sarah Andrews

1998

Walter Alvarez

1997

John Paul PittsDonald Lee Baars, PhD

1996

Linda Davis HarrarLee C. Gerhard

1995

Wallace R. Hansen

1994

John R. Horner

1993

Stephen Jay Gould

1992

Daniel YerginRichard F. "Rick" Williamson

1991

Robert T. Bakker

1990

William Rintoul

1989

Horst HeiseStephen Schwochow

1987

John McPhee

1986

David AttenboroughRichard Gore

1984

James A. Michener

1983

Ron Redfern

1982

John McPhee

1980

Walter Sullivan

1977

Philip Hauge Abelson, PhD

1975

William D. Smith

1974

Max B. Skelton

1972

James A. Clark

Restrictions

Whereas Members of the Association are not excluded, as a general rule it is expected that candidates would be professional journalists, writers, commentators, etc. It is also expected that writers for petroleum industry publications whose job it is to “contribute to the public understanding of geology, energy resources, or the technology of oil and gas exploration” would be excluded, unless there has been an extra effort that has been clearly beneficial by informing the general public.

Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates

Because this field presents an extremely wide range both as to subject matter and as to possible geographic influence, it is difficult for a central committee to make clear and equitable judgments. Therefore, if at all possible, documentation as to the degree of improvement in public understanding would be quite important and useful. Moreover, inasmuch as this is an AAPG award, the implication is that the public influence should be at least regional in scope (i. e., several states). If the impact can be judged to have a “multiplying effect” beyond the immediate locality or region, this could be an important consideration.

Procedure for Recommendation

Nominations for this award should be submitted (with proper documentation) on or before June 1 of any year to the Chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee at Association Headquarters. The recommendations of the Committee will be submitted to the Advisory Council who will submit their selection to the Executive Committee for final approval.

Description of Award

The award is a walnut plaque bearing the words, “For notable journalistic achievement in communications contributing to public understanding of geology.”

History

The award was inaugurated in 1972 by Executive Committee action. In 2006 the name of the award was changed by Executive Committee action from the Journalism Award to the Geosciences in the Media Award.

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