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Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award: call for submissions!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 17, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on August 13, 2020
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Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2020 banner

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

All entrants should be reporting from their home country as defined by the GNI or, if not in their country of origin, in another country fitting the same criteria. Applicants also need to provide an explanation of any collaboration undertaken with colleagues or external organisations on the stories they submit.

Journalists who enter for the FPA award will 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.

A rich portfolio of broadcast, multimedia and print pieces are submitted during the summer from Africa to Central Asia, and from Latin America to the Middle East.

The entries are scrutinised by the foundation and then independent, expert, FPA judges.

Normally, the three finalists are flown to London, spend two nights in the city and attend the gala award night in London, 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.

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Now in its eighth year, we again invite young reporters from across the world to make their submissions for the prestigious Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award, which is organised in partnership with the UK’s Foreign Press Association (FPA) and is presented at their annual awards event in London.

The competition enables journalists aged 30 and under, from countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of less than $20,000, to send in their best stories to be examined by the judges.

Closing date: 14th August, 2020

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jul 18, 2020
Jul 18, 2020

Thanks, Ana.