2009 Deadlines Set for $75,000 Grantham Prize
December 9, 2008
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting invites entries for the fourth annual Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. Entrants will be competing for the largest journalism cash award in the world.
Eligible entries must cover environment and/or natural resources topics and be originally published or broadcast in the United States or Canada between January 1 and December 31, 2008, in print, broadcast, online, or book formats.
"The 2008 Grantham Prize, awarded to The New York Times for their series, Choking on Growth, exemplified the clear, accurate, and innovative journalism that we love to see," said Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf executive director and prize administrator. "This prize has inspired environmental journalists around the world, and we have been thrilled to present each $75,000 check to the winners in recognition of their efforts."
The 2009 prize jury will be chaired by Philip Meyer, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Meyer is the author of the seminal journalism textbook, Precision Journalism, and of The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age. He was on the Detroit Free Press reporting team that won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for General Reporting for its coverage of Detroit rioting in 1967.
Rounding out the highly respected team of Grantham Prize jurors are:
David Boardman, executive editor of The Seattle Times, and past president of the Board of Directors of Investigative Reporters and Editors;
Peter Desbarats, former dean of the University of Western Ontario Graduate School of Journalism in London, Ontario, a founding director of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and also the founding chair of its annual Excellence Award;
Diane Hawkins-Cox, senior producer with the CNN Science and Technology Unit; and
Robert B. Semple, Jr., associate editor of the editorial page for The New York Times and a 1996 Pulitizer Prize winner for editorial writing on environmental issues.
Book entries must be postmarked no later than January 12, 2009. All other entries must be postmarked by February 2, 2009. Contest rules and additional information about the Grantham Prize are available online at http://www.granthamprize.org.
The Grantham Prize is funded by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham through The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. The foundation supports climate change research and natural resource conservation programs in the United States and internationally. Jeremy Grantham is a Boston-based investment strategist and Hannelore Grantham is the director of The Grantham Foundation.
The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting was established in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987. The Metcalf Institute provides science training for reporters and editors to help improve the accuracy and clarity of marine and environmental reporting and offers journalism fellowships in support of diversity and reporting on science and the environment.For more information contact
Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting