Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2021 for Journalists in Developing Countries
Thomson Foundation, in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association (FPA), is inviting young journalists from around the world to submit their most compelling stories.
Application Deadline: 10th September 2021
Eligible Countries: Journalists from developing countries
To be taken at (country): London, UK
About the Award: Now in its ninth year, 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 in their best stories.
An environmental twist on this year’s award
In the year of COP26, the pivotal UN climate change conference, it is fitting that we should introduce an environmental component to our 2021 Young Journalist Award. Applicants will still be required to submit a portfolio of three stories and these can be a mixture of investigative pieces and human-interest stories. However, we will be asking all entrants to ensure at least ONE of the three pieces submitted has an environmental focus. More details here.
Eligibility: The competition is open to journalists aged 30 or under from countries with a gross national income per capita of less than $20,000. Those who meet the criteria are welcome 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.
Selection Criteria: 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.
Number of Awardees: 3. A longlist of 12 will be recognised while there will be only 3 finalists.
Value of Award: While only three finalists can make it to London to attend the prestigious gala awards night in November, along with a host of other potential award winners and leading figures from the world of journalism, there is space to salute the longer shortlist of 12 on the Thomson Foundation website and social media channels.
How to Apply: Good luck to those entering. The application form can be found here.