Thomson Foundation launches search for the best 'Young Journalist' 2016

Thomson Foundation launches search for best young journalist
 
 
 

 

Entries are invited for the 2016 ‘Young Journalist’ prize sponsored by the Thomson Foundation.

Part of the Foreign Press Association (FPA) Media Awards, the award enables journalists aged 30 and under from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000 to enter their work for scrutiny by the Foundation – the world’s longest established international media development organisation – and then the FPA judges.

The three finalists will be flown to London, spend two nights in the city and attend the gala award night at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel on Tuesday, November 29, along with a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism.

“This is the fourth year the Foundation has sponsored this award and each time we see a higher quality of entries from young journalists who demonstrate all the traits of hard working, curious and, often, brave reporters” said Nigel Baker, Thomson Foundation chief executive.

The award attracts entries from young journalists in Africa, India, China, South America, Central America, parts of Central Asia and some countries in the Middle East.  

Each entrant needs to submit a portfolio of three published pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding the deadline for submissions which is August 26th, 2016. They can be in any format – print, audio, video, multimedia or a combination of all four.

Journalists who enter for the FPA award will also need to submit a written statement of no more than 600 words giving a summary of the content of each story and any impact it had on the public debate in the country of publication. The completed entry form should be emailed along with the other required documents to the following address: awardfpa@thomsonfoundation.org

Conditions of entry

  • Age: entrants should be 30, or under, on 29 November, 2016.
  • 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 2015 World Bank Index
  • Portfolio: each entrant should submit a portfolio of three published or broadcast pieces of work produced in the 12 months preceding 26 August, 2016 (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. Download the entry form here.
  • 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.

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