ASCE Accepting Applications for 2021 Excellence in Journalism Award

RESTON, Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is extending applications for the 2021  Excellence in Journalism Award. The Society will be accepting applications through December 29, 2020. Applications are open to journalists/producers who have written on infrastructure/civil engineering issues from October 1, 2019-October 1, 2020. 

Journalists play a key role in informing Americans about the role of civil engineers in shaping our communities and the importance of improving the nation's infrastructure. For more than 20 years, ASCE has given the Excellence in Journalism Award to a journalist or producer who has enhanced the public's understanding of the role and impact civil engineers have in designing solutions for clean water, transportation, the electric grid, ports, and other public works projects. News coverage of these topics can also influence vital infrastructure legislation, licensing laws and building codes. Have you written a story in the past year on infrastructure issues, COVID-19 impacts to infrastructure or the civil engineering profession? Apply now!

Through this annual national award, ASCE encourages continued coverage of civil engineering and infrastructure issues as a means of engaging the public in vital topics impacting their community.

Applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Fairly cover all sides of an infrastructure issue or civil engineering project;
  2. Substantively feature a new trend transforming an infrastructure sector or civil engineering process;
  3. Effectively explain how a project or infrastructure trend benefits the community or region; and
  4. Advance public knowledge and understanding of the civil engineering profession and infrastructure issues.

ASCE will honor stories from general-interest, non-trade related regional and national newspapers, magazines, electronic/Web-based news outlets and radio and television stations. The story must appear in the twelve-month period ending October 1, 2020. If a story is co-authored or co-produced, at least one of the reporters must be a full-time journalist. Previous award recipients include Kris Van Cleave of CBS News, Mike Lindblom of The Seattle Times, Dylan Baddour of The Houston Chronicle, Peggy Smedley of Constructech and Scott LaMar of WITF- Pennsylvania.   

Entries should be submitted via the required nomination and submission form and should be sent to the  ASCE Media Relations Department. All entries are due by December 2.

Additional details and the application may be found online. The form only requires contact information and a link to the article or broadcast clip. This award winner will be recognized at ASCE’s annual Convention, which will be held in October 2021 in Chicago, Illinois and includes a cash honorarium and trophy.



Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit or and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.

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