The Victor K. Mcelheny Award 2020

Deadline: 31 January 2020
Open to: individuals or representatives of a publication like newspapers, small magazines and digital sites, broadcasters, podcasters, even bloggers
Award: winners will receive a USD 5,000 award


Applications are welcomed for the Victor K. McElheny Award  2020. The Victor K. McElheny Award honors outstanding local and regional journalism covering issues in science, public health, technology, or the environment.

Sponsored by the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the award honors the exceptional work done by journalists illuminating issues in their own communities. While some science journalism contests have “small market” categories, the McElheny Award is aimed exclusively at local and regional outlets and celebrates such work with a single award of USD 5,000 and a ceremony hosted by KSJ.


Entries for the Victor K. McElheny award may be submitted by an individual or by a representative of a publication. An entry may consist of a single story or a series of up to three stories on a single theme. An individual or publication may enter no more than three separate submissions. Entries must:

  • include substantial reporting on issues relating to science, public health, technology, or the environment;
  • have been produced with significant contributions from a local or regional media outlet;
  • have been published during the 2019 calendar year;
  • have been published in a U.S.-based media outlet;
  • have been published in English or — if published in a different language — accompanied by an English translation.

Submissions for the Victor K. McElheny Award should be accompanied by a 300-word statement of the significance and impact of the nominated work. Entrants may upload their work using the specified file formats or provide a permanent URL.


One winning work will receive a USD 5,000 prize. The winner(s) of the prize will be honored at a ceremony at MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts.

How to apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit this website.