The 2024 CCNow Journalism Awards

Submit climate stories published or broadcast in 2023 now for our fourth-annual awards.

Covering Climate Now is proud to announce the 2024 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards, presented with the Columbia Journalism Review. Now in its fourth year, the CCNow Journalism Awards program has become an industry standard for excellence. Last year, we received nearly 1,100 entries, from 29 countries on six continents. Winners and finalists came from outlets big and small, and together their work represented the leading edge of climate storytelling.

Journalists everywhere are invited to enter work published or broadcast anytime in 2023. There’s no fee to enter. Entries will be accepted through March 1, 2024, at 11:59pm US Eastern Time.

For 2024, we’ve taken our categories in a significantly new direction. CCNow has identified 14 subject-based categories, whereas in previous years categories were defined by medium. This change will help elevate work on specific and important aspects of the climate story — for example, solutions, justice, and health. To showcase the many ways journalists across the world explored similar subjects, we plan to honor multiple winners in each category, reflecting a range of styles, story lengths, outlet sizes, and geographic regions.

In addition to the subject-based categories, our judges will honor several “Emerging journalists of the year” — early-career journalists whose work shows exceptional promise — as well as work in a new “Large projects & collaborations” category. A diverse jury of distinguished journalists — from around the world and representing a variety of outlets and experiences, including prior CCNow Journalism Award winners — will select the winning work. Winners will be announced in June.

Below is a complete list of this year’s entry categories. Descriptions are available here.

    • Solutions
    • Justice
    • Fossil fuels
    • Extreme weather and its impacts
    • Politics, policy, and climate action
    • Activism & movements
    • Business & economics
    • Global negotiations, including COP28
    • Conflict & climate change
    • Displacement & migration
    • Forests, oceans, and the natural world
    • Health
    • Food & agriculture
    • Climate in every beat
    • Emerging journalists of the year
    • Large projects & collaborations

Apply here now. We’re excited to receive your entry!