By recognizing the highest-quality environmental reporting about the North American West, the Knight-Risser Prize seeks to inspire journalists in all media to bring sophisticated reporting, solid environmental science and compelling storytelling to the public.
We want to reward and showcase reporting that best addresses important Western environmental issues – whether or not it was produced by journalists based in Western news organizations. We invite journalists from traditional news media as well as from startups and nonprofits and citizen journalists and students to submit their finest work.
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What the Judges Look for
The judges put a premium on journalism with some or all of the following attributes, such as stories that:
Issues We Like
Given the Western environmental focus of the award, we are especially interested in stories covering the following areas:
We also encourage stories that address continental and global environmental issues with a focus on the West.
Journalists working in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are eligible to apply.
We cannot consider entries from publications or programs connected to:
Geographical Scope of Your Entry
Entries must be predominantly about an environmental subject occurring in or affecting the North American West, and must have been:
What You May Enter
You may submit a single story or package with up to four follow-up stories, a series of up to five parts, or up to five stories on a single issue, including multimedia, interactive or social media elements. Photo essays are also eligible.
If a broadcast piece, total airtime should not exceed one hour. A transcript of the submitted entries should be included (with English translation for non-English-language entries). If program length exceeds one hour, you may submit a condensed version; the condensed version must not exceed one hour, must not consist of more than three edits, and must include the beginning and end of the original program. In such cases, a brief description of where the edits occur and what has been cut must be included.