Australian Government Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism

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The Australian Government Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism is sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage and is named after the late Australian Broadcasting Corporation science broadcaster, Dr Peter Hunt. [1]

"The prize is awarded to an Australian journalist(s) or communicator(s) whose work is assessed as having most effectively communicated environmental issues to the public," the website states. [2]

Judging criteria

The judging criteria include:

  • Newsworthiness - timely work that adds to or encourages debate on current issues;
  • Impact - story is noteworthy for its positive effect or influence in the community;
  • Accuracy - work is factually correct, and provides the complete story;
  • Creativity in communicating concepts and ideas - work engenders interest by using creative and clear communication;
  • Appropriateness of context - story is targeted to an appropriate audience and pitched at the right level in terms of complexity and technical issues; and
  • Adherence to ethical standards - in recognition of Peter Hunt's legacy, all work is original and adheres to the highest standard of investigative journalism - including the MEAA Code of Ethics. [3]


The Australian Museum, which hosts the judging of the prize as part of its Eureka Prizes, does not indicate who is on the judging panel.

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