*Closed for entries* Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World FPA Award, 2015
Top three chosen for the Thomson Foundation FPA 'Young Journalist of the Developing World' award. For further updates on the awards, please see stories in the 'Further Information' panel to the right of this page.
*Closed for entries*
Young journalists working in the developing world are invited to enter a Thomson Foundation competition, which will form part of the 2015 UK Foreign Press Association (FPA) Awards.
The overall winner will succeed Maurice Oniang’o (pictured) as Thomson Foundation’s Young Journalist FPA Award holder.
The winner will be chosen from three finalists who will each be flown to London, spend two nights in the city and attend the gala award night at the Sheraton Park Hotel on 24 November 2015. They will join a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism.
Journalists must meet the following criteria in order to enter the award:
- Entrants must be aged 30 or under on 24 November 2015;
- They must be working in countries defined as “developing”, specifically with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of less than $20,000 to enter their work;
- They must have a portfolio of three published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions.
The deadline for entries is 23.59 GMT Friday, August 28 2015.
Completed entries will go forward to be shortlisted by staff at the Thomson Foundation, before the FPA judges decide on the three finalists.
How to enter
Each entrant for the award needs to submit a portfolio of three pieces of work, which must have been published or broadcast on or after 28 August 2015. The work can be in any format – print, audio, video, multimedia or a combination of all four.
Journalists will need to submit an entry form including written statements of up to 200 words per story summarising the content and any impact it had on the public debate in the country of publication.
The completed form should be emailed along with the other required documents to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of the conditions of entry are here:
Conditions of entry.
- Age: entrants should be 30, or under, on 24 November, 2015.
- Location: for the purpose of this competition the “developing world” is defined as countries with a GDP per capita of $20,000, or under, according to the 2014 World Bank Index.
- Portfolio: each entrant should submit a portfolio of three published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding 28 August, 2015 (the 12 months prior to the deadline for submissions). The entries can be in any format: print, audio, video, multimedia, or a combination of all four. Applicants can email their articles as attachments or provide hyperlinks to their stories online. If necessary, they can use a file-transfer application such as WeTransfer for large audio or video files. A written statement of no more than 200 words per story giving a summary of the content and any impact it had on public debate in the country of publication or broadcast, should also be submitted.
- Language: entries can be in any language but should be accompanied by a verbatim English-language translation.
- Verification: entries should be accompanied by a letter from the applicant’s current editor, on headed company notepaper verifying that it is the published work of the entrant. Where an entrant is freelance, or self-employed, verification can be provided by an editor from one of the publications/websites/broadcasters where the work appeared, or by a journalism academic familiar with the work of the entrant.
- Plagiarism: checks will be made for plagiarism and any entrant found to have submitted work which is not their own will be automatically disqualified.