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Forest History Society Seeks Entries for John M. Collier Award

February 08, 2023
John M. Collier Award

The Forest History Society is seeking entries for the 2023 John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism, which recognizes one journalist whose work incorporates forest or conservation history in an article or series of articles published in North America that relate to environmental issues.

The award was established in 1987 to honor the memory of John M. Collier, who was a noted journalist for more than three decades while working for the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) from 1954-86. Collier covered the forest industry and represented the best of the profession with thorough research, solid interpretation, and clear writing throughout his career.

Award Details

The John M. Collier Award is open to any newspaper or general circulation magazine (including online-only publications), or professional or freelance journalist in North America. An original printed piece (photocopies are acceptable) or an electronic version of the nominated article(s) from 2022 publications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2023.

Author, publisher, and date of article must be included. Authors, editors, and the general public are welcome to send any article that fits the award criteria to the Forest History Society. Hard copy versions may be sent to Andrea Anderson at 2925 Academy Road, Durham, NC, 27705 or by email at [email protected].

The winning article will receive a $1,000 prize along with the option to either visit the Forest History Society Library and Archives or arrange for the presentation of the award plaque at a mutually agreed upon meeting or convention.

Award History

Collier (1921–87) was a New Orleans journalist skilled in many areas of communication, including advertising and sales promotion and public, government, and media relations. He was a working scholar and a prolific writer of articles and special features for forest industry press publications. He also was a member of the Forest History Society’s board of directors from 1979-85

From its establishment in 1987 through the year 2002, the John M. Collier Award annually recognized the author of the best article or series of articles on forest and conservation history. In 2002, FHS redesigned the award to better reach the growing number of journalists writing about conservation and environmental topics. We provided financial support for an Institutes for Journalism in Natural Resources (IJNR) expedition along with a paid visit to the FHS headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, for the selected winner. The award returned to its original implementation beginning in 2015.

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