Mobile Journalist Award

Showcasing the world's best mojo talent

The Thomson Foundation RTÉ MojoCon mobile journalism competition is a leading showcase for mobile journalism ('mojo') talent. We invite an expert panel to sit in judgement over the entries each year. Sign up to our newsletter for notification of the next Mobile Journalist competition, plus see the competition-crushing podium toppers who stood taller, aimed higher and thought bigger and better with their smartphones in previous years.



Our winners



Farah Abdullahi Abdi

Winner 2017

Somali blogger Farah Abdi staged an overnight vigil with her mobile phone outside government offices in Malta to video the plight of fellow refugees having to sleep rough to renew their identity cards.

Her endeavours won a change in Maltese government regulations, and first prize in this year's mobile journalism competition. 

Farah, 21, now lives in Germany, arriving in Europe four years ago after fleeing Africa due to fear of persecution because of her gender identity as a trans woman.

As a blogger and a refugee myself I was tired of this injustice.

Farah Abdullahi Abdi



Yusuf Omar

Joint winner 2016

Yusuf Omar used mobile journalism to produce a moving report on the enduring nightmare of sexual violence in South Africa using Snapchat filters to film open and honest interviews with rape survivors, without the need to blur or silhouette their faces. He continued his mojo work in India as Hindustan Times' mobile editor before taking up a role as Snapchat lead at CNN International in London. 

Mojo was the only truly personal and dignified way of telling the stories of sexual abuse survivors.

Yusuf Omar, South Africa



Leonor Suárez

Joint winner 2016

Armed only with an iPhone and a hard hat, Leonor, a journalist working for a regional TV station in Asturias in the north of Spain, went inside the silver mines of Potosí, Bolivia for her mojo story.   

As the tunnels grew darker and more claustrophobic, the air harder to breathe, Leonor reported on the harsh, life-threatening working conditions of miners.

Mobile journalism allowed me to get to the heart of the story.

Leonor Suárez, Spain



Torera Idowu

Winner 2015

Torera Idowu gave a moving first-hand account from the Lagos slum of Makoko as part of her entry into the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism competition. Despite never having recorded with a mobile device before, her short film shot on an iPad 3, highlighting Africa’s education woes, beat entries from much more seasoned journalists.

Winning for me was very encouraging. I have only just come into journalism. Honestly it’s an enormous inspiration for me.

Torera Idowu, Nigeria



The judges

Glen Mulcahy

Glen Mulcahy

Mobile journalism (mojo) and 360

Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker

Chief Executive

Hosam El Nagar

Hosam El Nagar

Director of Innovation and Learning

Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly

Head of Training and Communications

Sara Loane

Sara Loane

Communications Manager

Highlights 2017




MojoCon 2017: Must-watch

Watch the winning film and finalists in the 2017 Thomson Foundation international mobile journalism competition, run in conjunction with RTÉ MojoCon.

Related content

Somali blogger wins our 2017 mojo competition

Farah Abdi filmed the plight of refugees sleeping rough in Malta for their ID cards


Mobile journalism must-watch

Watch the winning film and finalists of our 2017 mobile journalism competition

Meet last year's winners

Yusuf Omar and Leonor Suárez were joint winners of the 2016 competition

Hosam El Nagar

Hosam El Nagar

Director of Innovation and Learning

Want to discuss this competition?

Mobile journalism is quickly moving from the periphery to the mainstream of journalism. We're excited about the potential that mobile technology has to offer today's journalists, which is why, each year, we work in partnership with RTÉ MojoCon Ireland to find the world's finest 'mojo' talent.

For further information on the competition, contact Hosam El Nagar.


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