Thomson Foundation are excited to announce the return of the prestigious Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award where young journalists, their work and their voices are at the centre, and where journalism’s power to enact meaningful change is as present as ever.
The Young Journalist Award – in partnership with the UK Foreign Press Association – is Thomson Foundation’s annual journalism competition dedicated to finding and inspiring ambitious journalists from across the globe.
For clarity, environmental reporting is covering stories about the interaction of people and the natural world and the issues related to that interaction. Environmental stories should be focused on one or more of the subjects covered by environmental reporting: sustainability, pollution, nature/biodiversity and/or climate change.
Entrants should provide an explanation of any collaboration undertaken with colleagues or external organisations on the stories that they have submitted.
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.
- Three finalists will be chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the UK Foreign Press Association (FPA) and an overall Young Journalist Award winner will be revealed on the night of the FPA Awards on Monday 29th November, 2021. All three finalists will be awarded £1,000 learning bursaries or funds to buy equipment.
- 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, they will be asking all entrants to ensure at least ONE of the three pieces submitted has an environmental reporting focus.
- Each year they receive entries from journalists that are revelatory, prompt public debate and have led to, or have the potential to lead to, positive change in society. This year they want to build on that and introduce a new element.
- 2021 is the year of COP26, the pivotal UN conference that is being seen as crucial to agree action to avert global climate catastrophe.
- 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.
For more information, visit https://www.thomsonfoundation.org/competitions/young-journalist/