Asia Centre is inviting nominations for the 2021-2022 Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award under the theme ‘Inequality-threat to lives and livelihoods’, to recognize journalism that has highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of disadvantaged groups including women, ethnic, religious and gender minorities, migrant and informal workers.
The award will be launched online in several countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, with the award ceremony planned to be held in March 2022 in Bangkok. In case of travel and social distancing restrictions a virtual ceremony will be held.
Eligible stories can cover a wide range of issues related to inequality including but not limited to access to healthcare, reproductive health services and COVID-19 vaccination, unequal access to education during the pandemic. Stories can also look at the impact of the pandemic on the social and economic conditions of women and girls.
- The top 3 winners will receive cash awards and will be recognized at the Award Ceremony.
- The top 10 journalists* will be invited to participate in the Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award Ceremony to be held on 21-22 March 2022, Bangkok, Thailand.
- Merit certificates will be given to the journalists ranked from 11st to 15th places.
* For entries with more than one author, the authors can decide among themselves who would represent the entry at the Award Ceremony.
Journalists are eligible for nomination if they meet the following criteria:
- Written English articles of minimum 650 words in length published in print or digital platform (Any written medium or public platform is eligible given the fulfillment of all the other criteria)
- Journalists writing two or more pieces published on the theme of health inequality from 1st January 2021 to 31st January 2022 will be eligible
- The nominated article(s) should cover how health inequality affects people from across Asia and / or their country during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can cover types of health inequality such as disparity of vaccine allocation, unaffensible costs of healthcare, preventable deaths. They may also discuss actions to address these inequalities to building a fairer Asia
- Nominations can be submitted online.
- Journalists themselves, readers, media institutions or interested others such as civil society, media academics and health professionals may submit nominations.
- Each valid nomination must contain the name of the journalist, verifiable details of the published article (s) (links), their media affiliation (s), the contact information (Email, WhatsApp / line, phone) of the journalist.
- While they are required to submit proof of two published articles, they must also indicate which one they’d prefer to be considered for the award.
- In case online links are not available they can submit the scanned articles (translations) as pdf documents.
The Judging Panel will be made up of a panel of media and inequality experts, and will include representation from the Asia Center, Oxfam International, and independent practitioners.
For more information, visit https://asiacentre.org/event/journalism-for-an-equitable-asia-award-2021-2022/