Entries Open for the Global Shining Light Award


Applications are invited from interested investigative reporters for the 2013 Global Shining Light Awards which honor investigative journalism in a developing country or countries in transition. The award will recognize and celebrate courageous investigative journalists and their works.

It is open to journalist, journalism team, or media outlet provided independent, investigative reporting, which: Originated in and affected a developing or emerging country.

Prospective applicant should send a nomination letter in English, listing his/her name (or team member names), the name of his/her media organization with address, telephone number, fax and email.

The letter should provide a brief summary of the entry topic, explaining the importance of the story, the challenges faced in reporting it, and the political or social impact it made upon its broadcast or publication. It should be accompanied with one copy of the published entry or one copy of the broadcast material with a copy of the script.

Entries must  have been broadcast or published between April 2, 2011 and December 31, 2012; is investigative nature; uncovered an issue, wrong-doing, or system of corruption which gravely affected the common good; and did so in the face of arrest, imprisonment, violence against them and their families, or threats and intimidation.

A winner will be presented with the Global Shining Light Award in October 2013 at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference,a public forum to be held from October 12 to 15, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The winner will receive an honorary plaque and US$1,000.

This year’s edition is the fifth international conference at which the Global Shining Light Award is being granted.

If an entry was not originally produced in English, a full translation or lengthy summary of its key findings must be provided in English. If this is not available, the story will not be eligible for judging.

Entries should be sent by email or regular post to:Attn: Shining Light Award, c/o Kate Willson, 2240 NW 29th St., Corvallis, Or 97330 USA. Email address: shininglight@gijn.org and must be received no later than June 15, 2013.