Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Nominate a medical science reporter for the Vic Cohn Prize


Do you know a journalist who deserves recognition for a career of extraordinary reporting on medical science? CASW is now accepting nominations for the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. The deadline for nominations has been moved to June 30, one month earlier than previous years.

The honoree will receive a cash award of $3,000 and a certificate. A virtual recognition is planned for this year's winner.

Awarded since 2000, the annual prize seeks to honor a writer for a body of work published or broadcast within the last five years that has made a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health and well-being. Judges are looking for clarity, accuracy, breadth of coverage, enterprise, originality, insight and narrative power. Eligible writing includes work appearing in print and digital media.

The prize is named in memory of the longtime science and medical reporter and editor for the Minneapolis Tribune and Washington Post whose books include News and Numbers, a widely used journalists' guide tor interpreting and reporting statistical data. The award is funded by private donations to CASW and judged by a panel of senior journalists.

For nomination instructions and more information visit the Vic Cohn Prize page. Donations to support the prize are also welcomed. For information on supporting CASW's prizes and fellowships, see the support page.