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FRST New Science Journalist of the Year Award

New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators

Media Advisory

FRST New Science Journalist of the Year Award

The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) is looking for people with a lively interest in writing or broadcasting about science, who are new to journalism.

The Foundation, in association with the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators (NZGAJC) is offering the 2005 New Science Journalist of the Year Award.

The award is $1000 worth of travel, to one or more science-related occasions. It is aimed at up-and-coming writers and broadcasters, and is open to anyone under 35 years of age, or anyone who has only been writing/broadcasting for publication, on any topic, for less than three years.

The Foundation's Communications Manager Peter Burke says the award was established to find writers and broadcasters with potential, who may have a wide-ranging fascination or a specialist interest in science. "We want to fire up a life-long enthusiasm in communicating science, and an ongoing and valuable relationship, both for the Foundation and for the winner." Entrants are asked to submit up to three items that have been published or broadcast in the year to 21 April 2005. "We're hoping to get entries from across the spectrum of scientific thought and activity," Peter Burke said. Journalists working for specialist and in-house publications and websites, as well as the mainstream media, are invited to enter.

Friday 21 May is the deadline for entries. A copy of the entry form is attached with this media advisory. Copies can also be downloaded from www.frst.govt.nz or www.guildag.co.nz or can be sent by the Award administrator, Sue Miller, at kotuku.media@xtra.co.nz .

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