In Search of Outstanding News Coverage!

July 22, 2011

Civil engineering is everywhere—from increasing traffic congestion to sprawling suburbs, and abundant and safe drinking water to a natural disaster’s impact on a community. You read about these issues in the headlines every day. When journalists are insightful in their reporting, citizens can play a more informed role in the infrastructure debate that shapes their communities.

ASCE’s Excellence in Journalism Award recognizes outstanding news stories that enhance public understanding of the role and impact of civil engineers and civil engineering in designing solutions for clean water, transportation, the environment and other public works projects. Journalists and producers from English-language, general interest regional and national newspapers, radio and television stations, magazines, and electronic and Web-based news outlets are all eligible.

Have you read any good civil engineering-related news stories or heard a feature on the radio or television lately? Consider nominating them for the Excellence in Journalism Award! News stories eligible for the 2012 award must have appeared between Nov. 1, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2011. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 15, 2011.

John Murphy-Teixidor, a recent civil engineering graduate, received last year’s Excellence in Journalism Award for his work featured in “Best Jobs: Building Bridges” which aired on CNN Money and CNN’s Newsroom programs in October 2010. Other past award winners have included reporters from The News-Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, News 8 Austin, The New York Times, the Charleston Daily Mail, the San Antonio-News, The Dallas Morning News and the Los Angeles Times.

ASCE Sections and Branches are encouraged to conduct a local Excellence in Journalism Award competition along the lines of the national competition and nominate their local winner for the national competition. This is also a great opportunity to start getting to know some of your local reporters.

For more information on criteria and submission guidelines, visit the ASCE website– or contact me if you have any questions.

How can journalists increase positive exposure of civil engineering in the media and engage their readers about how civil engineering impacts their own community?   

Tracy Withrow
Manager, State Public Relations

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