International Labour Organization (ILO) Global Competition on Labour Migration 2020

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching its sixth annual Global Media Competition to recognize exemplary media coverage on labour migration and fair recruitment.

Application Deadline: 31st October 2020

Eligible Countries: International Labour Organization (ILO) member countries.

About the Award: This year, the participants are encouraged to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers and their families.

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The competition aims to promote quality reporting on labour migration issues. It will give awards to two published media pieces. For the first time it will also give prizes for two ‘synopses’ of stories to be developed on labour migration or fair recruitment.

This year, specific coverage of the issues related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers and their families, including concerning the non-payment of wages, will be encouraged and viewed favorably.

“Today, information shapes opinions and actions in all corners of the world but it can also easily distort realities and further harm people. The COVID-19 pandemic has further brought to light this need for accurate, balanced and ethical media reporting,” says Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO Labour Migration Branch and one of the competition judges.

The “synopsis” category will be open to both professional and student journalists, and provides an opportunity to secure resources to develop an important migration story that journalists believe should be published.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: Professional journalists are invited to submit a maximum of two entries, one per each of the two following categories:

  • Written articles (online or print articles)
  • Media Production (photo journalism, audio, video)

Articles should not exceed 8000 words and videos/multimedia should not be longer than 10 minutes.

To qualify, entries must have been published between 1 November 2019 and 31 October 2020 (see Terms and Conditions for details). A submission in any language is welcome, however, an English, French or Spanish translation must be included if the submitted material or parts of it are in another language.

Refugees and displaced persons, where they are employed as workers outside their own countries, are considered migrant workers. As such, submissions covering international migrant workers and refugees (participating in labour markets outside their own countries) will be accepted.

Selection Criteria:  A panel of 5 distinguished judges will evaluate the top ten entries from each of the two categories mentioned above. The decision of the ILO and judges on all matters relating to the contest is final, and no correspondence will be entered into at any stage. The ILO encourages entries that cover different aspects of labour migration and, as much as possible, reflect views of various concerned parties: government, employers, and trade unions’ organisations, migrant workers.

In addition to ensuring that competition submissions are aligned with the basic ethics of journalism, all submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Accuracy
  • Protection

Value and Number of Awards: Each of the four winners will be able to choose between two prize options:

-Paid fellowship (course fees, Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) and travel) to participate in a one-week ITC-Turin course on a fair recruitment or labour migration related topic in 2020; or

-A cash prize of $1,000 USD.

Student Award

•Award categories: one prize will be awarded for one of the two categories: -Exemplary reporting on fair recruitment of migrant workers, or -Exemplary reporting on the future of labour migration. For details on the categories see the section above for professionals.


The winner will be able to choose between two prize options:

-Paid fellowship (course fees, DSA and travel) to participate in a one-week ITC-Turin course on a fair recruitment or labour migration related topic; or -A cash prize of $300 USD

How to Apply: Complete the online entry form  in the category of either “professionals” or “students” category. You can submit your piece in the following categories: written press, photo essay, multimedia, video and/or radio. See the full Terms and Conditions  for details.

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