DEADLINE: AUGUST 14, 2020 — Journalists below the age of 30 can from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000 can apply for the 2020 Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award.
Since its inception in 2013, the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award has been cheering new arrivals in the media industry, introducing some of the world’s best journalists.
Now in its eighth year, the award – in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association – is the foundation’s annual journalism competition dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious journalists from across the globe.
The award enables journalists aged 30 and under from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000 to send their best stories. Judges of the award look for stories that are revelatory, prompt public debate and have led to, or have the potential to lead to, positive change in society.
A rich portfolio of broadcast, multimedia and print pieces are submitted each year from Africa to Central Asia, and from Latin America to the Middle East. The entries are scrutinised by the foundation and then independent FPA judges.
Normally, the three finalists are flown to London, spend two nights in the city and attend the gala award night at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, along with a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism. This time, because of the pandemic, there may be changes to the way the ceremony is held and the prizes given to the three finalists.
“We have the rare situation where every journalist entering this competition may have been affected in some way by the global COVID-19 virus,” says Nigel Baker, CEO, Thomson Foundation.
“These are unique circumstances for the award and we expect we will see some submissions that outline the impact of the virus on communities across the world, as well as the way the health crisis has been managed in a wide variety of countries.
“These entries will, I’m sure, be complemented by some examples of excellent investigative journalism that has had a positive impact on lives in some of the world’s most challenging media regimes.”
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